Get Ready for Outdoor Living

There’s no season more seductive than springtime in the Rockies. It even inspired a hit song in the 30s from a movie of the same name. But like the flirt it is, spring can tempt with warm, sunny days followed by several inches of wet, heavy snow, causing locals to despair of winter ever going away.

But locals also know that there are plenty of great outdoor opportunities between April Fools and Memorial Day to be enjoyed by those who are prepared. And being prepared means being sure your outdoor electrical service is as ready to go as you are.

An Electrical Checkup Adds Extra Days to Outdoor Enjoyment

Spring’s the time to plan ahead for adding to that enjoyment with electrical maintenance and. upgrades. Making sure your existing outdoor electrical service is up to par will let you take advantage of those early season evenings that hint of warmer nights to come, and planning for additions like landscape lighting and outdoor accessories will make sure you’re ready to enjoy as much of our gorgeous spring and summer weather as possible.

Repairs and Maintenance

Winter can take a toll on outdoor fixtures. Repair or replace any damaged porch, landscape, and security lights and outlets. Replace burned-out bulbs with long-lasting energy-efficient LEDs. They’ve come a long way over the past several years and are available in any type and intensity you will need.

All outdoor receptacles need GFCI protection and shelter from the elements. Flat covers only provide protection when the receptacle isn’t in use. They’re permitted in sheltered areas of patios and decks, but when they’re exposed to the weather or other water sources during use, electrical and building codes require “in use” or “bubble” covers. Those have covers that snap closed around cords that are plugged into the outlet.

Speaking of receptacles, codes also require tamper-resistant receptacles for all home locations, indoors and out. They’re cheap and come in all colors and styles, so keep your children and guests safe when you add or change receptacles. Look for the code TR on the receptacle.

If your outdoor outlets need upgrading, call a licensed electrician to be sure they’re wired correctly for safety and reliability.


Add extra comfort and enjoyment to porches, decks, and patios with attractive, well-placed lighting that lets you control the coverage and intensity to suit your different uses and moods. Show off your landscape with lighting for features like ponds, fountains, plantings, and specimen trees. If you have a roof or pergola, you might want to add lighting and a ceiling fan for extra comfort on hot, muggy days. Adding accent lighting to plantings and water features adds drama to your outdoor time in the evenings.

If you’re adding a deck or patio, make sure the lighting suits the different areas and uses. Outdoor kitchens and grilling areas need bright task lighting for safety and convenience. Dining and lounging areas call for softer illumination. Install separate switches and/or dimmers for the control you need. Kitchen and lounging areas may need convenience outlets for appliances and entertainment centers, and fountains will need their own power supplies. If you add stairs or walkways, be sure they’re lighted for safe access.

Start with a Good Plan and Finish with Good Work

Outdoor remodeling, renovations, and additions need top-notch electrical work that’s safe and up to code, and Allstar Electrical Services delivers the quality results you expect and deserve. We work hand-in-hand with you and your contractors to ensure your new project is done right, on budget, and on time.

We’ve served the Front Range for over 20 years, are top-rated by the BBB and are proud to be an Angi’s® Home Advisor Preferred Contractor.

Whatever your electrical needs, call Allstar Electrical at 303.399.7420 or visit our website. Then use our handy on-line forms to request an estimate or set up an appointment.