OUTDOOR LIGHTING FIXTURES - POST MOUNTED

As with hanging lights, post mounted lamps come in a variety of different finishes and styles. However, their mounting and their placement will be different.

Mounting

As the name implies, these lamps are mounted on posts. You may prefer a simple, straight post that allows the lamp portion to draw attention to itself. Or the post may be as ornate as the lamp is supports. Wrought iron posts can provide an old-fashioned look, wooden posts a more rustic feel. Brass or bronze posts can add a touch of elegance. Brick, rust, polished copper or "verde" copper, polished or brushed chrome, nickel, beige, white, and even rattan are also possibilities.

Many lamps sit directly on top of their posts. But you may prefer the effect when the post has an extending arm from which the lamp hangs. This allows the lamp to cast more interesting shadows as well. Or a single post may contain two or three arms, each with a lamp hanging from it.

Placement

Hanging fixtures need something to hang from. Wall fixtures need a wall. Lampposts can go anywhere. Pick a spot of grass that seems a little bare and add a lamppost for instant artistic effect. In fact, anywhere you might plant a tree could also be a good spot for a lamppost. At night, the post becomes an artificial tree, shedding light all around.

A lamppost, more than other lighting fixtures, draws attention to itself. It is meant to be a work of art in its own right. Place the lamppost somewhere that will allow you to see it from many angles. A lamppost in the center of the yard can be a unifying element for the composition. Placed at the edge, it can draw the eye through the yard to a defined perimeter.

A lamppost, more than other lighting fixtures, draws attention to itself. It is meant to be a work of art in its own right. Place the lamppost somewhere that will allow you to see it from many angles. A lamppost in the center of the yard can be a unifying element for the composition. Placed at the edge, it can draw the eye through the yard to a defined perimeter.

Since the lamppost draws attention to itself, you'll want to spend extra time considering its look.You may prefer the rustic look of the prairie, the mission, or the frontier. A simple prairie lamp, square with a plain hood and opalescent glass may be what you want. These lamps are also available in cylinders or ovals, but still with simple lines.

Others may want an Art Deco look. Clean horizontal and vertical lines going up and down a cylinder of glass in simple black and white can produce the desired effect.

Price

Post mounted lights aren't cheap. You can find a few basic models for under $100. But it's probably more realistic to expect to pay $200 to $300 or more.

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