The Heartwood Traditional Outdoor Post Lantern Light
follows a long tradition of outdoor post lanterns. Post lanterns were used before electricity became the accepted way of life. Post mounted lanterns were lit by candles and later gas lights that were lit every evening to illuminate the drive from the road to the home. Similar to coach lights, these post lantern lights were used by the wealthiest of home owners, taverns and inns. A long driveway from the main road may have been illuminated by more than one post light, depending on the length of the drive. Typically a pair of post lanterns would be mounted on the supports of a gate at the end of the drive. As home architecture changed and neighborhood design evolved, post lanterns moved to mark the edge of the driveway or walkway.