Our house is about 30 years old. When it was built, we had a pole lamp
installed down at the end of the driveway.
It was electric with the wires running in a piece of thin-wall conduit
from the house to the pole.
Now apparently the wiring has failed. I was waiting for spring thaw to
start digging up the front lawn to replace the wiring and probably the
A friend mentioned that I should look for a solar pole lamp to replace
what is there and save all the digging and wiring.
I don't need a lot of light, just something for the newspaper delivery
person to aim at. I did some searching and found some lights. The big
problem is I don't like the styles that I had found. We need something
a little more modern looking than the typical coach light style.
My questions are:
Does anyone have experience with solar pole lamps?
Any recommend sources?
Or, any other alternative ideas to eliminate the need to dig a trench
through my front yard?
Solar lights work for a while, then they die. If you don't want to run
new AC, try retrofitting it with low voltage AC. You'll still have to
run new wire, but you can cut the lawn and tuck the wire down just a
few inches instead of trenching.
Thats what I helped my neighbor do, sort of. She had a coach light
that went bad and already had some outdoor low voltage lighting so I
converted her coach light to low voltage and connected ito her
existing lights that ran with in a couple of feet of the light. You
could make this LED. Lets not talk about the price she was quoted to
replace coach lamp and wiring.
Because after 30 years, the conduit is probably rotted away and/or full
of water? And if it goes all the way, how would you get the wire through
there? (probably 3/4" at most...)
I'd be surprised if the conduit runs all the way out, unless local code
required it. Common practice was to use conduit through the foundation
wall, and burial-rated wire the rest of the way. The coiled wire was
usually tied off to the side of the house until finish grading was done,
an then buried shovel or ditch-witch blade deep out to the light. Not
uncommon for it to get lost or cut otherwise. I had to hunt for a few of
them back in the day. (being the kid on site, I always got stuck with
the odd chores like that.)
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