Lamp posts offer a fabulous way of boosting the curb appeal of a home and can be an effective feature in a larger garden. You can use them at the entrance of your property or next to a long driveway to ensure it is sufficiently lit. They are effective in casting light over a pathway or large garden feature such as a rockery.
Pick a style
Traditional lamp posts are ideal for older homes or period properties and are almost invariably topped with a lantern design, whether singly or in twos or threes.
Contemporary lamp posts are more diverse in design and make an eye-catching, welcoming feature outside a modern abode. Some may be understated enough in style to suit an older home, too.
A question of height
Often when choosing a lamp post you’ll be looking for a certain amount of height. You might want it to rise above a wall, for instance. Some of our lamp posts are height-adjustable with telescopic top columns. These will typically stand close to 3 metres tall when fully extended, whereas regular lampposts tend to be closer to 2 metres.
Most lamp posts have a minimum IP44 rating to signify resistance to rain. Those with an IP55 rating or above (the second figure is the relevant one in this instance) can be jet cleaned with a low-pressure hose, which might be a useful feature with taller models. Check out our guide to IP ratings for further details.
Generally, you’ll want to choose polycarbonate/plastic or galvanised steel lamp posts for use in a coastal area. Copper is also a suitable metal, but less used in lamp posts. Other materials, such as die cast aluminium, offer good protection against inland weather, but their anti-corrosion guarantees are typically voided if the product is installed at a seaside property (within 4 miles of the sea).
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