DIY Light Poles - Media provided
As asked, I took pictures and put together a slide show of the light pole project and the results.
Click here to get album and slide show
A couple of random thoughts I had as I took the pictures.
I have wooden posts right near my riding area so mounting was easy. If I had to light away from posts I would make a base out of 2/4 with a 5" receiver for the pole.
if fence line are those metal ones, use hose clamps to hold. The pole is so light it is not hard to just lift up into place.
I did not glue any joints so the poles can be broken down and stored in summer, however I will go back and drill/set screws to better hold joints and limit movement.
Next year I just may run conduit out to the middle of the pasture and be able to set up free standing poles using my in-ground receiver idea (rent a trencher for a couple of hours to lay conduit and conduit would be wide enough for extension cord end to pass through.)
Overall cost for one pole is @ $75
Fixture @ $20
2x10 3" PVC, connector, elbow @ $15
20' cord @ $15
2 bulbs, plug adapter, bolt @ $10.
However, I now have light options for years. yes, the electric company loves me when I go riding, but it is a small price for being able to see well enough to even do small jumps at night.
If y'all ahve suggestions for improvement I am interested. I've tried to keep costs low and still get something that works, but I know there are really smart people on this list that may improve my work. I should patent it and make millions, but I think I'd get buried in prior art.