How to choose appropriate domestic lamp posts

If you are looking to illuminate the outdoor space surrounding your home or driveway, lamp posts are a great way to add a polished look to your landscape. Not only are domestic lamp posts both decorative and functional, but they also are extremely versatile and can come in numerous shapes and sizes. Lamp posts can be used to light up driveways, walkways, patios or gardens for both security and to help enhance exterior design. There are several factors to think about when choosing domestic lamp posts to suit your property and to help you create a traditional yet magical feel.

Types of lamp posts


  • There are a few different lighting options you can use with your lamp posts. The first is to hard wire the lamp posts to mains electrical power. Low-voltage DC power systems are often used as they are more energy efficient. Low-power bulbs are used to produce reduced light output and use translucent plastic bulbs instead of fragile glass.


  • Another lighting type to consider for your domestic lamp post is solar powered lighting. Solar lighting is easy to install as it does not have to be wired to electricity. Although the solar light elements can not be the cheapest option on the market, there are many benefits too, including longevity and environmental sustainability.


  • A final lighting option to consider for a domestic lamp posts is gas. This type of lighting is great if you’re looking for an authentic, traditional feel to your space and will need underground gas utility plumbing. They also require the lights to be lit manually or to have special timed controls.  A personalised gas lamp on a traditional lamp post is a favourite of many gas enthusiasts!


Type of fixture and height

The type of fixture and height of your domestic lamp post is also an important aspect to consider when choosing your lamp post. The size and height of the lantern and post will depend on where you wish to place the light. If you want to light up a driveway, pathway or parking area you may wish to use larger and taller lamp posts than if you are looking to illuminate a smaller patio or garden space. At William Sugg and Co. Ltd. several of our heritage cast columns can come in a variety.  With heights ranging between 1 metre to 11 metres (for industrial and Public Realm), our wide range of fixtures and heights ensure there is something for everyone!

Material and finish

Choosing the right material and finish for your domestic lamp posts are important factors to consider for both the durability and final look of the light. Most lamp posts are available in aluminium or ductile iron ensuring extreme durability to help withstand all weather conditions.  Specialist finishes are also available for marine environments where sea salt can reduce the longevity of a piece.  The design and finish of your domestic lamp post is also another key feature to consider. Depending on the desired look and feel of your outdoor space will depend on the type of finish and features you would need. If you are looking for a modern lamp post to match your modern exterior, a simpler lamp post design would suit, however if you are looking to add a touch of tradition to your outdoor space, a lamp post featuring more intricate details can give your space a more authentic feel that fits a more intricately designed home. If you are thinking about installing numerous lamp posts, be sure to consider where you place them. Make sure they are placed thoughtfully and consider the surrounding buildings or outbuildings, driveways, garden and any other features.  Try using symmetry to align your lamp posts if you are illuminating a large driveway or path to give a clean finish to your outdoor atmosphere.

Windsor Electric Lantern
Windsor Electric Lantern. William Sugg & Co. Ltd.

Our favourite domestic lamp post styles

At William Sugg and Co. Ltd. we can help you choose a domestic lamppost to create a personalised and unique atmosphere for your outdoor domestic space. We have a wide range of lamp post styles to help give an authentic touch to your driveway, walkway, garden and patio areas.

Some of our favourites are:

If you are looking to enhance your outdoor domestic space with any lamp post columns from our collection, get in touch with our team of lighting experts today to discuss your queries and options.