By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Nothing says "Welcome to my home" better than a lighted lamppost at the entrance to your property. A lighted post is a welcome sign for visitors, especially when it casts light on a driveway or walkway leading to the entrance. When a landscape bed defines the light, it can become a distinct feature of the house while assuring safe footing and passage.
Installing a lamppost is not a trivial job so it's best left to a qualified electrician, since it involves installing new wiring, which must meet the local building codes and often requires trenching to run the line to its location. An electrical contractor will charge $768, which includes labor and material, to install a light post not more than 30 feet away from the house. The job becomes more expensive the farther away from the house the lamppost is located, particularly if trenching below a sidewalk or driveway is necessary.
A do-it-yourselfer can do the job for $325 and save 58 percent.
DIY Hassle Alert
But despite the saving, this is a job for a pro who has the training, expertise, tools and knowledge of building codes. The project begins by drilling a hole in the house near the power source - either at a junction, outlet or light fixture box - so a new cable can exit the house and run to the post. The cable is run under the ground to the location of the lamppost, where a cement base is poured. The physical work includes removing the sod and digging a trench for the cable, laying the cable, pouring a cement base and running the cable through the base. Then the lamppost is wired and assembled, and the sod is replaced.
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The average price to install a lamppost noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself. Tweak the data by adding your ZIP Code to find a local cost.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.