Where Do I Install My Outdoor Lamp Post?
One of the best things you can do for the safety and beauty of your home is to install an outdoor light. But where is the best place to install it?
Fall is upon us and so are earlier and earlier sunsets. With the sun going down before most people leave the office having a well-lit driveway and walkway is essential for the safety of your, your family, and guests coming to your home. This becomes even more important in the winter if you live somewhere where ice and snow are prevalent. You don’t want to have to try and walk to your door without being able to see if ice is lining your path. You also don’t want a delivery driver slipping and falling on your property because it was too dark!
The best, and easiest, way to add some light to your home’s exterior is with a simple lantern and post. Lantern posts can be installed just about anywhere and provide much-needed illumination to the darkest areas of your yard. Lanterns and posts are also a great addition to your daytime look and always add some much-needed curb appeal.
So where are the best places to install your new lantern and post?
At The End Of The Driveway
Lantern posts can go anywhere but one of the most popular locations is the end of your driveway. Adding some kind of light to the end of your driveway is great if you live somewhere dark where your driveway often gets missed.
This is also a great way to add your house number in a prominent, well-lit place so people can find your home with ease. This kind of placement is great for the fall and winter but will also be helpful in the warmer months during the evening.
If you have a short driveway you may be able to get away with a single post at the end and a lantern by the front door. If you have a long driveway you can add one to the end and then one more in the middle to add even more light.
At The Beginning Of The Walkway
If you need more light for safety you will want to place a lantern post at the beginning of the walkway or higher up in the driveway. This lantern placement is meant to be where people will be walking the most. If you have a walkway your lantern should be right at the beginning to make it easy to find.
If you don’t have a specific walkway you still want to provide some illumination where people are walking the most. You can add a post to your grass alongside the driveway at the place most people exit their vehicles. This is essential for helping people see where to walk and identify any hazards that may be a result of inclement weather.
Along A Long Driveway or Walkway
If you have a long driveway or walkway one lantern post might not cut it – you may have to opt for a series of lamp posts to provide the most safety. Do a survey of your property during the dead of night to see where light would be the most helpful. You want to space out your lantern posts so that there is light to guide the way. If you space them out too much they are much less effective. If you space them too close together you will spend more money than you need to. Think about the lantern style you like and approximate the breadth of the light it will give off to plan.
If you have a home you could probably use a lantern or lantern post, no matter how big or small. Adding exterior light is a great way to add some style to your home while also making it easier for everyone to come and go safely.