Who Can You Hire to Install an Outdoor Lamppost in a Flash?

Kristi Pahr
Written by Kristi Pahr
Updated July 13, 2022
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Outdoor lighting can be an elegant addition to your outdoor space. Not only does it add charm to your landscaping, outdoor lighting like lampposts also bump up the security factor. While it may seem straightforward for an eager DIYer, electrical work can be tricky and dangerous. It’s best to hire a professional electrician for lamppost installation.

Why Hire a Professional Electrician for Lamppost Installation

For a seemingly simple project, there’s a lot of work that goes into installing a lamppost. Contracting with a professional electrician is the best way to ensure your post is installed correctly and that the electrical work is up to code for your area.

Note that you may need to hire two professionals: one to install the post and one for the light itself (more on this below). A professional who is licensed and insured also provides peace of mind. According to HomeAdvisor, electricians usually charge between $50 and $100 per hour—a reasonable fee to ensure a job well done. If any property damage occurs as a result of the installation, it won't be on your shoulders to foot the bill for repairs.

Can You Install an Outdoor Lamppost Yourself? 

Electrical work can be dangerous for those unfamiliar with the processes and safeguards involved. Small electrical projects like installing a new indoor light fixture are a great place for many DIYers to start learning about electrical work. 

Outdoor lamppost installation involves not only running a new electrical line, but there are also landscaping concerns, trenching, and concrete work involved. For even an advanced DIYer, outdoor lamppost installation might be a moderately difficult afternoon project.

Will a Landscape Contractor Install an Outdoor Lamppost?

Many landscape contractors can help you design the layout, placement, and plantings around your outdoor lamppost, and some may even have an electrician on staff for projects like this. If they don’t have a staff electrician, though, most landscape companies can refer you to an electrician they trust and is familiar with outdoor lighting work.

How Do Electricians Install Outdoor Lampposts?

A professional electrician can have your outdoor lamppost set and functional in a day or two. Here’s what to expect during this project:

  • The electrician will dig a trench from your home’s power supply to the lamppost location. The trench should run 12 to18 inches deep, while the hole for the post should be around 18 to 24 inches deep.

  • The electrician will run a length of conduit from the house, through the trench, and up the hole.

  • They will then run an electrical line either from the breaker box inside your home or from an outdoor outlet.

  • They will thread the electrical wire through the conduit and up the lamppost.

  • They will fill the hole with gravel and concrete. Then, the electrician or landscape contractor will place the lamppost into the hole.

  • The electrician will wait for the concrete to harden and set, then return to complete the wiring needed to turn on the light.

How Much Does It Cost to Install a Lamppost?

An outdoor lamppost will add both brightness and charm to your yard. According to HomeAdvisor, the average cost of installation for this project is $970. The local electrician you hire will need to run wiring from the lamppost to your home, which drives up pricing.

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