- Place an outdoor post lantern at the end of the driveway and combine with a stylish mailbox for a stylish and substantial appearance.
- Updating an outdoor post lantern to a transitional style post light can give a more up-to-date look.
- A post light requires a hardwired electrical source which is buried underground. An licensed electrician should be hired to do any outdoor electrical work.
Outdoor post lanterns can be found at the end of a driveway or flanking a gate. These lights favor traditional designs but there are also modern and contemporary examples to suit a home's exterior style and landscape architecture. Outdoor post lights are traditionally hardwired and mounted to a plinth or post that is freestanding or at the end of a fence. Post lanterns originally were used during the time before street lights to mark the end of a drive or driveway. Today's applications also include drive way illuminate but also include walkways and other outdoor living areas around the home.
Outdoor post lights have a similar traditional design heritage as outdoor wall light fixtures
. Lantern form post lights are one of the most common styles available. These post lights recall antique coach lights and lanterns used to illuminate the drive long before modern and contemporary styles became popular. There are brass, bronze, aluminum, steel and chrome as well as black finishes available for outdoor post lanterns.
Outdoor post lights have traditionally been used at then end of a driveway on the posts flanking a gate or opening to the driveway. Outdoor post lighting can also be used along stone fences or on plinths at the corner or end of a substantial fence. In other landscaping applications, outdoor post lights can be used around a pool or patio edge. Post lighting requires a flat surface on which to mount the base of the lighting.