My outside yard lights continue to trip the outside circuit breaker thing. Is this a problem with the lights? Usually, when I reset the circuit, they will come back on, but it seems that in a day or two, it happens again.
It sounds as though you are getting a short to your electric, causing the interruption of power. From your description, it appears you have a GFCI outlet outside. If this is where you are pushing the “reset” button each time after the lights go off, then we’ve narrowed the possibilities.
Several things come to mind. It could be that you have a GFC I that is becoming defective and needs to be replaced. However, these usually will either work or not work. It is unusual that it would “trip” and reset continually unless there is another issue going on.
The second possibility is the light transformer or the low voltage wiring. If there is any bare wire touching other wires, this could cause the lights to trip the GFCI. However, if this is happening, you shouldn’t be able to reset it.
My last thought is this: do you have a sprinkler? If so, does it ever spray to the area where the GFCI is or any other outlet? If so, then this is likely the culprit. Water can cause the GFCI to trip. When you reset it, the lights work fine – until the sprinkler comes back on and trips it again.
Don’t panic. There is a simple solution which anyone can do. It is called a perpetual outlet cover. This is simply a box which covers up the outlet, along with anything that is plugged into the box, keeping everything from getting wet. All it requires is removing the outlet cover and replacing it with the new one, along with a piece of provided weather seal. It’s that easy. Just be sure when you plug something in that you close the cover.