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Installing a Post Lantern

This DIY Basic will provide tips on installing a post lantern.

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Step 1: Watch an Overview Video

Step 2: Gather Your Materials and Tools

Materials and Tools:

PVC or galvanized conduit
PVC pipe
PVC adhesive
UF wiring cable
ground fault interrupter (GFC) switch
wire snips
splicing caps
electrical tape
power drill with masonry or wood bit
posthole digger

Step 3: Turn Off the Power

Add light and style to your landscape with a new post lantern.

Choose an inside light switch to tie wiring into. Switch should be near door opening onto landscape with new post lantern.

Turn off power to circuit and tape DO NOT TURN BACK ON sign to breaker.

Step 4: Lay the Conduit

Drill hole through wall of house to run conduit outside.

Bury conduit or sink PVC pipe and run conduit through pipe. Rent trencher to dig channel for conduit or pipe.

Dig posthole at least 2 feet deep or as deep as frost line.

Lay conduit in bottom of hole, pointing up, and thread through post bottom to top.

Step 5: Connect and Check the Wiring

Connect wiring to post lamp.

Ground lamp and cap all connections or bind with electrical tape.

Connect lamp to post and lay it on ground.

Turn on power to make sure connection works.

Step 6: Secure the Post

Turn off power and set post upright in hole.

Check post for plumb and brace with guy wires.

Fill hole with cement to 6 inches below surface. Recheck post for plumb.

When cement is dry, fill remaining hole with dirt and smooth surface.

Turn power back on, and landscape around post with small river rocks, mulch or pine straw.