How to Create Paver Columns for Outdoor Lighting

Jenna Harris September 29, 2020 8 No Comments

Closeup of a metal pole with a pipe fitting draped with cafe lights

Overhead lighting, reminiscent of these cafe lights, provides prompt ambiance and appeal to any patio. 

Nothing offers a patio ambiance love the proper of outside lighting. Café, or string, lights, are inexpensive, engaging and rework any outside residing house right into a festive environment.

Installing café lights is straightforward. You can use a information wire with S-hooks or momentary ties; drape them round tree branches, balcony rails, arbors and pergolas; or construct posts for uncovered areas.

We’ve created an exquisite paver patio that desperately wants overhead lights, however there’s completely no place to hold them. So, we’re going with that third choice to deal with this venture.

Paver columns will function a pretty gateway to the patio, and every column will help a metallic publish for mounting café lights.

Closeup of a paver patio with a paver fire pit in the corner
This patio is loaded with facilities — it simply wants lights so as to add a festive night environment. 

You’ll Need

  • Metal Pipes (4)
  • Pavestone RumbleStone Pavers
  • Quikrete Fast-Setting Concrete Mix
  • Construction Adhesive
  • LED Café Lights
  • Drill

Men install pavers for the base of a light post on a paver patio
Creating a void on the heart of this paver association, and pouring concrete combine in it, will present a robust basis for our metallic posts. 

Creating the Paver Columns

We’ve strategically laid out the patio columns so we are able to string the outside lighting precisely the place we would like it.

Our columns encompass three elements: huge Pavestone RumbleStone blocks, which type the bottom; thinner pavers towards the highest; and an ornamental cap to cover the work.

The first column begins as a part of a low retaining wall that borders the patio, so we are going to interweave the primary few blocks with the wall to offer energy and aesthetics.

We’re utilizing huge RumbleStone blocks, that are 7 by 10.5 inches. It’s necessary that for every new row, the blocks overlap the earlier row’s seams, in order that the construction retains its energy because it goes up.

There must be no vertical joints that reach from one row to the following because the column grows taller. Also, maintain a void within the center that’s huge sufficient to accommodate the metallic pipe and concrete combine we are going to add quickly.

Finally, apply building adhesive between the rows to carry every block in place. When the column reaches the specified top, cap it with thinner huge pavers, considered one of which has a gap drilled in it. This cap will do two issues: encompass the metallic pipe that can help the lights, and canopy the concrete.

Danny Lipford pours Quikrete Fast-Setting Concrete Mix into the post hole
Quikrete Fast-Setting Concrete Mix is straightforward to make use of — simply pour it in and add water. No mixing wanted! 

Setting Posts to Support Outdoor Lighting

We’ve created the paver column to help the metallic pipe that can help our café lights. Now, it’s time to wrap up the venture so this patio can have some engaging outside lighting.

And the venture comes collectively fairly rapidly on this subsequent part!

First, insert the pipe by the void on the heart of the paver association. Then, carry up the highest paver and pour Quikrete Fast Setting Concrete Mix into the void across the pipe. What’s nice about fast-setting concrete is there’s no mixing concerned — simply dump it in and add water!

Next, place a degree towards the pipe to ensure it’s completely plumb, then add water to solidify the concrete combine. Then, decrease the highest paver and use building adhesive to safe it to the remainder of the column. 

Finally, mount the café lights to the tops of the metallic pipes. You can simply drape them round two elbow pipe fittings, use S-hooks and set up as directed. It’s greatest to make use of LEDs as a result of they last more and are extra energy-efficient.

Closeup of a metal pole with a pipe fitting draped with cafe lights
A pair of elbow pipe fittings is all we have to drape these cafe lights across the posts. 

Now, this paver patio has lovely columns, posts and café lights. And we’ve created an out of doors residing house with a great deal of appeal from high to backside.

Best of all? Since we used concrete to safe these posts, they’re not going wherever!

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