How To Install An Electric Lamppost At The End Of Your Drive

If you want to add an old-world charm to your landscape, a lamppost at the end of the drive will offer this easily. These lampposts feature a black post and a while globe encasing the bulb. Solar lampposts work well in areas where there is a lot of sun, but if you have trees producing an ample amount of shade, you'll need to purchase and install the electric lampposts. This guide explains what you'll need to need to do to set up the lamppost, without the electrical cord showing.

Step 1: Procure Your Tools

In addition to the lamppost, gather these tools and supplies

  • shovel
  • insulated outdoor extension cords
  • gardening gloves
  • soil
  • small PVC pipe (optional)

Step 2: Dig a Trench

Find the outdoor power outlet on the exterior of your home. Put on your gloves and begin digging a small trench from the outlet to the spot where you want the lamppost.

Step 3: Set up the Lamppost

Dig a small circle where you want the lamppost to sit and then place the lamppost in that circle. Make sure that the cord to the post is laying in the trench.

Step 4: Lay the cord

Plug the cord into the insulated outdoor extension cords. Then lay the cords in the trench.

Alternative: If you're nervous about rain shorting out the extension cords, add more protection by purchasing small-diameter PVC pipe. Measure the distance between the outlet and the lamp and ask the folks at the home improvement store to cut the pipe for you. Slide the extension cords through the PVC and place the pipe in the ground.

Step 5: Cover the Wire and Plug in the Light

Replace the dirt that you took out while digging the trench. Add some soil and rake over the trench to ensure that the ground is level. Plug in the extension cord to make sure the lamppost works.

Additions: Once you have placed the cord, covered it and ensured that the lamp works, throw down some grass seed over the trench area. This is also a great opportunity to plant some flowers or other plants to add a little color to your landscape.

Ask your landscaping contractor, such as Woodland Landscaping & Concrete LLC, for help and for a recommendation of an electrician if there is no power outlet on the front of your home, or if it is in an area that's out of reach. Use this method to install other lighting in your landscape so that they beauty of the lights will shine without the tripping danger of electrical cords.