A homemade light post adds a touch of flair to your garden or lawn, and also makes a personal statement regarding your own taste. Homemade light posts can be made of virtually any material, and an array of light fixtures abounds, which can be easily adapted for mounting to your homemade post.
Reclaimed Wood Post
Using reclaimed wood from an old barn or house will add a hint of antiquity to your garden. Many lumber mills sell reclaimed wood, or check your local yellow pages for companies specializing in re-milling old wood. Use a reclaimed barn post or joist for your light post, and mount an antique or antique style light fixture to give your light a classic look.
If you are looking for function over form, PVC pipe is a versatile construction medium that is easily adapted and comes in a variety of sizes. Colors are limited, however, so you'd better like white or black if you are using this material. Sink a piece of high gauge PVC into cement and run electrical wiring through the pipe to the top. Mount your light fixture on the end of the pipe and secure it to your PVC using screws or bolts.
A simple solution to a homemade light post is a wooden 5-by-5 fence post. Sink a post of at least 8 feet in length into cement and mount your lamp on top. Fence posts are sturdy and can easily support either a top mounted lamp or a hanging lantern-style lamp mounted on the side. Stain or paint the wood to your liking.
Create a charming light post out of a fence post, and attach a trellis. Attaching a length of 36-inch lattice on either side of the post and training a climbing plant on the light post, such as a grapevine or ivy, will give your lamp a unique natural look. For added durability you can use vinyl lattice of a color that compliments your house paint.
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