Outdoor Lighting Cost

How much does it cost to install outdoor lighting?

Outdoor lighting is a great way to add style and safety to your home. Lighting options come in practically every style, purpose and budget. For this example, we'll look at the cost of installing 20 lighting fixtures in a new 800 square foot backyard. The total cost for this project average $3800. Depending on the scope of the project, installing outdoor lighting can typically be a DIY project. However, if the issues are more complicated or if wiring needs to be changed, it is recommended to hire a professional.

Cost breakdown

  • Materials: the cost of outdoor lighting varies greatly based on the style and installed features. Most standard sized yards require around 20 light fixtures, which average $75-$100 each or $1500-$2000 total, although prices can increase quickly for premium fixtures. LED lightbulbs are the best choice because they are more eco-friendly and last longer. Plan to spend $800-$1,000 on outdoor light bulbs. Wiring will add another $200.
  • Popular light fixtures include:
    • Path lights: these are the standard lights that are used throughout the yard to illuminate walkways, plants and other things. The typical cost is $75-$100 each.
    • Floodlights: these are bright lights that are typically attached to buildings and used for lighting large outdoor spaces or for security. The average cost is $75-$150 each.
    • Wall lanterns: these fixtures attach to the wall and offer lighting to an area, such as a dining area or landscaping area. The average cost is $100-$150 each.
  • Labor: electricians typically charge.

Enhancement and improvement costs

  • If you are installing multiple lights, you'll need to make sure your transformer can handle the voltage. If not, you may need to replace or add power to an existing transformer for around $200.
  • You can hire a lighting designer to create the overall plan for your yard and the exterior lighting, but that can easily add an additional $500 to your total.
  • Depending on the style and size, adding an exterior clock can cost an additional $50-$125.

Additional considerations and costs

  • If you are installing lighting in existing landscaping, you may need to retrofit the existing wiring, which can increase overall costs by up to 20%.
  • Some landscapers may offer a discount if you install lighting in the front and back yard at the same time, or if you include it in your landscaping project. Talk to your contractor for specific details.
  • Adding additional outlets for the new lighting can add an additional $200 on average per outlet.
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