Philips Hue Floodlight is not protected unless flush mounted

Updated on June 13, 2019 in [Hardware for Philips hue]
1 on May 21, 2019

Before purchasing a Philips Hue Econic Discover LED Smart Outdoor Floodlight – White & Colour Ambiance, I called Philips to ask if there would be a problem mounting the light to a wall where there was no existing fixture and an electrician would need to install one. The rep with whom I spoke had such a strong Caribbean accent and the connection was so poor that I had difficulty communicating with him. I told him that I had read online that there could be a problem if the fixture was not flush mounted and he told me that was nonsense. 

Well, the electrician is here right now and there is indeed a problem. Excuse me if I get the terminology wrong, but it seems that the back of the fixture is square but it attaches to a circular mount. This means that part of it is exposed at the back. Not at all suitable for an outdoor fixture. My husband and the electrician were able to jury rig something, but the situation is not ideal.  Who knows how long the light will last in our harsh climate. 

 

 

 

 
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That is because the electrician put a new junction box and you are trying to mount the luminaire to the junction box. That is not how you create a new outdoor fixture. You simply take a corrugated tube made for outdoor use and run that through the wall. You should only have the cables sticking out of the small hole (about the diameter of a quarter). The back of the discover comes with a white plug that you poke a hole into to insert the cables. Remember, never mount lights on a junction box. That shit needs to be sealed at all times. I recently installed two of these and I did a hose test after (pointed a low pressure hose at them and they were fine). I basically drilled into the wall from the junction box to where the light was going to be, I inserted the wires into the corrugated tubes, placed the tubes into the wall, covered them up with plaster again, and sanded them. The only exposed part was the tip of the tube, which was sticking out of the wall perpendicularly, and I connected the Hue Discover to that. 

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