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How Much Does It Cost To Install Low Voltage Outdoor Lighting?

Typical range: $90-$169

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For your project in zip code 20149 with these options, the cost to install low voltage outdoor lighting starts at $90.42-$168.90 per fixture. Your actual price will depend on job size, conditions, finish options you choose.

Low-voltage outdoor lights provide added safety, security and ambiance. These versatile systems can illuminate dark walkways, brighten patios, highlight landscape plants or cast light on unique architectural features.

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What you can expect
Range per fixture:$90.42$168.90
Range for this type of project:$90$169
Estimate: $130
Lighting Fixture Cost
1
fixture
$30$70
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Cost of residential-grade, die-cast aluminum fixture with anodized finish and low-voltage 15W bulb. Transformer and wiring incur additional costs.
Lighting Fixture Labor, Basic
1
hour
$60$98
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Labor cost, under typical conditions, for complete installation. Fixture and transformer placement will be designated, and a shallow trench created for hidden wiring, which will be run and concealed. Above-ground wiring will be secured to structure, and fixtures tested and connected. Rate is inclusive of all aspects of the project, such as thorough planning, acquisition of equipment and material, preparation and protection of project site, and meticulous cleanup.
Lighting Fixture Job Supplies
1
fixture
$1$1
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Requisite supplies for the job, including connectors, junction boxes, fasteners, and mounting hardware.
Standard services
Lighting Fixture Cost
$30 -$70
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1
fixture
Cost of residential-grade, die-cast aluminum fixture with anodized finish and low-voltage 15W bulb. Transformer and wiring incur additional costs.
Lighting Fixture Labor, Basic
$60 -$98
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1
hour
Labor cost, under typical conditions, for complete installation. Fixture and transformer placement will be designated, and a shallow trench created for hidden wiring, which will be run and concealed. Above-ground wiring will be secured to structure, and fixtures tested and connected. Rate is inclusive of all aspects of the project, such as thorough planning, acquisition of equipment and material, preparation and protection of project site, and meticulous cleanup.
Lighting Fixture Job Supplies
$1 -$1
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1
fixture
Requisite supplies for the job, including connectors, junction boxes, fasteners, and mounting hardware.
Optional Services
What you can expect
Range per fixture:
$90 - $169
Range for this type of project:
$90 - $169
Estimate:
$130
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YOUR ESTIMATE
$130

NATIONAL AVERAGE RANGE
$89 -$166
YOUR ESTIMATE

Install Low Voltage Outdoor Lighting: national average cost

The national average materials cost to install low voltage outdoor lighting is $49.21 per fixture, with a range between $29.10 to $69.33. The total price for labor and materials per fixture is $127.58, coming in between $88.97 to $166.19. Your actual price will depend on your location, job size, conditions and finish options you choose.
cost to install low voltage outdoor lighting
National Avg. Materials Cost per fixture$49.21
National Avg. Cost (labor and materials) for 1 fixture$127.58
National Cost Range (labor and materials) for 1 fixture$88.97 - $166.19

Types of Low-Voltage Outdoor Lights

Outdoor lighting systems feature a collection of 12 to 15V fixtures that are connected to a 100 to 1,200W transformer via underground cables. Landscape architects can choose from dozens of fixtures depending on the installation site and desired lighting effect.

  • Path Lights: Fixtures that direct light downward are suitable for illuminating garden paths, driveways and patios.
  • Spot and Flood Lights: Depending on their position, these fixtures are ideal for uplighting or backlighting trees, statues, fountains and walls.
  • Well Lights: These lamps are installed below the grade so that the lens is flush with the ground or deck. They're useful for highlighting pathways and landscape plants.
  • Deck Lights: Available in domed and flush-mount configurations, these fixtures add ambiance to outdoor living spaces and safely brighten hidden steps and potential trip hazards.
  • Pond Lights: These submergible fixtures illuminate koi ponds, waterfalls, fountains and decorative water features.

Landscape Lighting Cost Factors

The quality of the products, the capacity of the transformer and the complexity of the layout have the greatest impact on the cost of this project. Architectural-grade lights equipped with long-lasting halogen bulbs cost more initially, but they're more durable and generate natural-looking light that's well worth the added cost. Most professionals recommend purchasing a slightly oversized transformer so that the homeowner can install additional fixtures in the future without replacing the entire setup.

Hiring a Contractor

Low-voltage landscape lighting is a unique specialization. Working with a professional is the easiest way to develop an effective, high-impact design while ensuring that all of the components are properly sized and installed. Although most communities don't require building permits for low-voltage lighting, it's wise to hire a licensed electrical contractor or a landscaper who installs these systems regularly.

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