Indoor Light Bulbs: Safe for Outdoor Use?

Indoor Light Bulbs: Safe for Outdoor Use?


Outdoor light bulbs are much more resilient than bulbs used indoors. In fact, you should be very careful about using indoor light bulbs in outdoor outlets, as many of them are not designed to withstand the elements (rain, snow, heat, cold temperatures) of the outdoors. To protect your lighting, please take a closer look at where various types of light bulbs can be used:

These may be used inside or outside, as long as they are not in direct contact with water. However, only incandescent flood light bulbs which are specifically designed to withstand exposure to direct rain or snow should be used outside.

Halogen spotlights & flood light bulbs: These light bulbs may be used indoors or outdoors.

Light Emitting Diode or LED bulbs may be used indoors or outside.

Compact Fluorescent light bulbs: Some CFLs may be used outdoors, but you should be sure to check the maximum temperature the bulb can withstand. It will be marked on the bulb’s packaging.

These light bulbs are for indoor and outdoor use.

Xenon bulbs: Unless indicated on the package, these bulbs may be used indoors or outside.

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