If you live in an older house or condominium, you might have trouble with your outdoor electrical sockets. Namely, if you have enough of them, they’re not placed very conveniently. This problem crops up for a lot of people at Christmastime when turning on the outdoor Christmas lights means crawling in the dirt behind a hedge to plug the lights in, or stretching over collected stuff in a storage room … or, heck, having to put on your shoes and step out into the cold.
This was basically the problem that elly58 presented to the DIY experts on The Home Depot’s online Community Forums. Specifically, he needed a way to turn the Christmas lights on and off on his condo balcony without having to leave a light on inside a storage closet just off the balcony. “There are NO electrical outlets out there. There’s a light bulb socket in the closet that has one of those adapters to hold both the light bulb and adds an electrical socket, you just have to pull the string and it turns on the light and whatever’s plugged into it,” he writes. That worked OK for plugging in the outdoor Christmas lights, except that he had to crawl into the closet in the dark to turn the holiday lights on and off.