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Outdoor Post Lanterns

Design Tips:

  • 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.


At Arcadian Home, outdoor post lights can be found by such leading designers as: Access , Artcraft, Capital, Corbett, Craftmade, Dabmar, and Designers Fountain. For additional outdoor lighting, browse our wide selection of outdoor and landscape lights.

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.
Today's outdoor lighting mixes a number of styles and types of outdoor lights to create a lighting profile unique to each home. Outdoor post lanterns like this one can be mounted to a stone fence or fence cap at the end of a driveway near the street or closer to the home. Coordinating the style of the lantern to the home's architecture is key to creating good curb appeal. The traditional style of this post light nicely complements the stonework and architecture of the home.

Q & A of the Day

  • Hi - We are interested in Brick Post lighting,. The Brick Post top base is 18 X 18 inches. Is Progress Lighting Shatter-resistant Acrylic Globe Outdoor Post Lantern - PG-P5436-60 of right size, What kind of base adapter we can use to install the lights on a Blue Stone slab?
    Prashant Aug 29, 2010
    Though none of us here at Arcadian Lighting are licensed designers, Progress Lighting Shatter-resistant Acrylic Globe Outdoor Post Lantern - PG-P5436-60 would be a traditionally good fit for a column that is 18"x18". These type of post lanterns are also traditionally used in combination with pier mounts. The pier mount is installed on the column, then, the post lantern is installed on to the pier mount. We recommend one staying inside the brand that their lanterns are coming from to assure finish matching. Below please find our selection of pier mounts in the Progress brand.
    Elizabeth - Arcadian Lighting Aug 31, 2010

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