How to Install Outdoor Lighting and Outlet

Underground wiring puts light and power anywhere in the yard. We'll show you how to do it easily and safely.

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Circular saw
  • 4-in-1 screwdriver
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Jigsaw
  • Posthole digger
  • Sledgehammer
  • Spade
  • Non-contact voltage tester
  • Wire stripper/cutter

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Mattock
  • Trenching shovel

Underground feeder cable (14/2 for the project shown here) 1/2 in. PVC 1/2 in. PVC male adapters 1/2 in. PVC strap 1/2 in. PVC elbows 1/2 in. PVC couplings 4" round remodeling box Outlet box GFCI outlet Combination switch/outlet Exterior light Weatherproof outlet covers Wire nuts 1/2 in. rigid metal conduit (optional for under sidewalks) 1/2 in. metal couplings 1/2 in. metal plugs