View Full Version : Landscape Lighting Price

03-20-2003, 10:00 PM
Did a pricing today for landscape lights in a backyard. Its a tiny job and since i really done have much experince with lighting i figured i'd play with the project. Its 5 50 watt lights going to 5 small trees on the lawn. I took the messuring wheel along and figured it to be about 200 feet of cable to run. My bid is $1200.00
Also.How do you guys bury the wires? I think im gonna put the trencher blade on my bed edger and i should be good to go.
Any thoughts?

03-20-2003, 10:50 PM
That is pretty close, a little higher than what i do them for but we all won't be the same. What kind of lights are you using? If they are high quality and not hte plastic ones you are alright but if you are using one of the plastic kits, if you can get that much, good for you but it is really high if you are using the cheaper lights. I use a trencher to bury my wires. Your trimmer blade will work but it doesn't bury them deep enough and can cause problems down the road. There is alot of money to be made in lighting and I have done really well with it so far. Good luck.

03-20-2003, 11:45 PM
I am using metal lights but they arent the top of the line brand. They are costing me about $300
Im using a bed edger with a trencher blade not a trimmer. It digs down to 8inches and the trenchis 2 inches wide

Mark B
03-21-2003, 12:17 AM
You should be fine with your price. I try to get 200-175 depending on what kind of fixtures they want. I bury the wire in the beds when I can just under the mulch once in the grass atleast 6" or more. If you priced job at $1200 then you should have about $600 or more in profit. Not bad fer a couple of hours :D:D

Mark B
03-21-2003, 12:18 AM
I just priced a downlight for $175.00 the fixture cost $70.00 it will take about 30 minutes to install.

03-21-2003, 09:03 AM
well i know a guy who does this stuff big time in his operation and he had 5 extra 50watt flood lights that were left over from a job so i think i can get those cheap. It will be interesting to she how it comes out. BTW don't download the bed edger picture i dont think its working.

03-21-2003, 09:51 AM
How do you guys pull permits????

03-21-2003, 10:08 AM
At a Nightscaping seminar I went to one time they said to Price at 1.5 or 2 times the material price. I think that was the retail price and not your cost of materials. My memory isn't that good and I haven't messed with light for a while. Wouldlike to though.

03-21-2003, 10:25 AM
to my knowledge, you dont need a permit to install low voltage landscape lighting in Maryland.

03-21-2003, 08:00 PM
... are you even talking about low voltage?

03-22-2003, 01:42 PM
YEs i am talking low voltage

03-25-2003, 09:37 AM
Well... did the job and it tured out great took about 6 hours so i made a ton of money off it. Very please with the end result.

03-25-2003, 10:49 PM
Let me get this straight:

You installed 5 50w low voltage light and made a profit of 900 bucks?

Wow! That's good money.

Just curious, did you run conduit on the buried wire?


03-26-2003, 09:32 AM
No I didnt use conduit. I felt with it being a low voltage system that it isnt really needed. Does anyone use it?

04-08-2003, 03:02 AM
I've only seen conduit used for low voltage when going under walks or drives. If it's new construction you can sometimes get them to put a pipe under the concrete when the pour it. makes running wire or sprinkler lines a lot easier.