You've bought or created the perfect outdoor lamp. Now you want to install it above the ground on a post. Pre-fabricated lamp posts are available, but can be expensive. You can make your own post, one that is as distinctive as you are.
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Things you need
- Outdoor lamp
- Post material
- Concrete for footing
Decide how high above the ground you want the lamp to be. Decide if you want the post to be wood, metal, stone or concrete.
If wood or metal, add the distance the post must be sunk into the ground for support; expect up to two feet of the post to be underground. Use this measurement when evaluating potential materials for your post.
You'll need to run the wire down your post either internally or externally, and connect it with household electricity using outdoor-safe three-prong grounded plugs. See the Resources section for a link that will show you how to connect the electricity.
Connect your lamp or lamp housing with the top end of your post.
Tips and warnings
- Look for trash to treasure options: old bed posts, gumball machine bases, spindles of wood or metal. Antique treasures found at garage sales, second-hand stores or the junkyard can make great lamp posts, and are usually a bargain over new materials. Use fencing or rough boards to create a four-sided post, hollow in the centre, and put a corbel on top---cheaper than a solid wood, pre-drilled post.
- Check your state and local codes before starting any project---ask your utility company. Follow all safety precautions when installing electrical wiring.
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