If you are looking to upgrade your backyard, then you should consider adding a junction box to your installation plans. No matter what kind of backyard upgrade you are planning, having easy access to electricity is always a benefit. Everyone daydreams about having the perfect backyard for parties, events, and even just relaxing. Imagine looking into your backyard and seeing only a flat section of grass, completely unused and needing to be mowed and fed constantly. Instead, wouldn't you rather see a patio, lanai, or a wonderfully decked-out pool in your backyard?
Having an electrical junction box installed into the deck or patio gives you a kind of flexibility to be able to host all manners of events, and moreover, to do so safely. As we all know, it's never enough to have just the pool or patio and furniture to boot, having a surround sound system out on your deck or throughout the house makes it all the more enjoyable. Imagine being able to sit out in your lanai as the sun sets, enjoying the cooling weather with a drink, and watching television that you have mounted on the patio.
It is always preferable to install your junction box as you do your patio, deck, or lanai installation. This will save you from having to do any kind of secondary installation and you can determine where you want things as you build them. Prior to making any kind of installation, however, it is always important to plan out where you are going to want everything installed. Always remember to measure for distances and the size of the electronics you are installing, as well.
Having a junction box, however, provides a number of vital benefits as related to both ease of use and safety. By having the electrical outlets outside, you can make sure that you have easy access to run any appliances you might need as well as being able to avoid running extension cords back into the house. While extension cords are useful, they are something of a safety hazard if for no other reason than they are easy to trip over. Having an electrical box not only keeps all the wiring in one place, but it also can prevent any kind of electrical fire by keeping the damage contained to the box. While the wiring might get destroyed, the fire would not leave the box and thus prevent further damage.