Cost to Install a Lamppost – 2021

| Last Updated: August 23, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 867

$ 345

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 61% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

The average price to Install a Lamppost noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

How much is a lamppost? An electrician charges $867 to install a lamppost vs. doing it yourself for $345.

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 $867, 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 $345 and save 60 percent.

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.

Shades of Light has a selection of lamposts.

The average price to install a lamppost noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself. 

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