How Much Does it Cost to Install Landscape Lighting?
When it comes to landscape lighting, there are a few things you need to take into consideration: the cost of installation, the wattage of the light bulbs, and the type of landscape lighting you want. In this article, we will give you a basic idea of how much it cost to install landscape lighting. Keep in mind that prices may vary depending on your location.
How Much Does It Cost to Install Landscape Lighting?
Landscape lighting has the potential to increase the value of your home, but if you’re interested in adding it to your backyard or driveway, be prepared for a greater upfront cost. According to our research, most homeowners spend between $2 and $5 per square foot on average. If you want professional installation, plan to pay at least double what you would expect for a DIY job. That means that an average project (1/4 acre) is going to run roughly $3-10k depending on design and materials.
Installation Costs: The biggest cost associated with landscape lighting is labor – most companies charge about $100-$ per hour with a 4-6 hour estimated install time for an average-sized yard.
Material Costs: Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights are the most expensive landscape lighting option, but they’ve come down in price significantly over the past couple of years. Expect to pay $3 per bulb, $20 for a set of 50 bulbs, and $50-$100 per 100 watts worth of fixtures depending on your design specs. LEDs also save you money because you only need 1/2-1/4 watt compared with traditional metal halide or high-pressure sodium options which draw 3-5 watts each.
Lighting Design: The more complicated your design, the higher the cost is going to be. To give you an idea of what goes into some of the more advanced designs, one modern outdoor lighting company charges $35 per linear foot for a basic design and as much as $65 per linear foot for some of their more intricate options. In some cases, you can save money by paying an hourly rate to have a landscape lighting consultation go over possible locations and how they work with your home’s overall design.
Materials: You can choose from a range of different materials including stainless steel, copper, fiberglass, and iron. Each has its pros and cons – stainless steel is durable but costly. Copper fades quickly in the sun but looks great even after it begins to wear down. Fiberglass is lightweight and weather-resistant but doesn’t look quite as expensive as other metal fixtures on this list. Iron is the most affordable option but it’s also the heaviest.
If you’re not up for the challenge of tackling a DIY landscape lighting installation project, give us a call! We can help you decide which features would work best with your home’s design as well as provide you will all the information you need about installation costs (including materials and labor). At Illuminated Concepts we offer free consultations as well as personalized assistance throughout the entire process so feel free to contact us even if you’re just starting to shop around for ideas!
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