A well chosen lamp post will give many years of service and enjoyment weather it be used for decorative purposes or more as a extra security device for your outdoor space. Generally look to position your lamp post to a height of over 2 meters, the higher the fitting the more ground area will be illuminated. It is very important to get the initial height and position correct. If the lantern head is to small for an area you may be disappointed with the amount of light projected similarly a lantern which is to large may be far to bright and cause light pollution in the area and neighbouring properties. Lamp posts are a vey flexible form of using light and in the correct location will work very well as both a functional and decorative product.
Decide what you require your lamp post to be used for, do you wish to have some outdoor light for entertaining if so you may want to consider a more ambient diffused light, maybe a post at a lower level would be a good option for you. If security were your main concern than a brighter stronger light placed in a position to give maximum levels of illumination would be the best option.
All our Lamp posts are sourced from the best manufactures who use the highest quality materials such as cast aluminium, stainless steel and copper. Lantern heads come in a large range of sizes that accept all the latest Low energy saving bulbs and LED lamps helping to keep your electricity bills to a minimum. With manufacturers guarantees of up to 25 years you can be sure that your investment will give many years of practical use.
The design and style of your lamp post is very personal and particular to your individual surroundings. The more traditional styles are by far our most popular sellers and will generally suit most environments, you will find a wide range of these on our website and we are always available to give you additional assistance over the telephone. We do also hold a large selection of more contemporary styles that are sometimes more suited to new build projects and modern property styles.
Installation is not a difficult procedure although we would stress that a qualified electrician should complete electrical connections. To save on cost you may wish to complete some of the preparation works in advance. Such as digging a trench for the mains supply cables of at least 450mm in depth. When installing some of our own lamp posts we had a ground works company excavate the trenches for us at a meter depth. They had some great machinery that dug a very small trench of only 75mm across after where necessary they had removed to top layer of turf by hand. They then laid the SWA into the trench, we used a 2.5mm 3 Core swa in a looped ring around the display area similar to the ring main in a hose so that we could get access to power all around the display area. They then cack filled part of the trench before laying plastic high vis cable warning tape. the trench was then fully back filled and the turf replaced, within 2 months they was vey little sign that the trench had beed dug out. We would always recommend that you use Steel Wire Armoured cable, of the correct size and load capacity. Your electrician will be able to fully advise you on the correct cable required for your individual installation.
When you have decided on the exact placement location for your post and the wiring is in place you will need to create a solid substantial base on which to mount your lamp Post so that it is held firmly in place after installation. Dig a hole at least 500mm deep and at least twice the width of the overall post base diameter. Use a plastic trunking or conduit into the centre of the hole to feed the cables through and up to the base of the post, make sure this is free running so that the cable can be repaired or replaced in the future if required. You can then back fill the hole with a strong wet cement mix levelled off perfectly flat to where you want your base to sit. Some Lamps come with an anchor kit that will need to be placed into the cement whilst it is still wet. Others come with a mounting plate that will fix to the base once the cement has dried. Please refer to the individual installation instructions supplied with each lamp post before commencing any installation works. A little extra time taken at this point will ensure that your post is correctly installed and completely straight and secure.
We recently installed some of our own display lamp posts in a garden setting and did not want to disturb the existing site too much so we employed a local trenching contractor who had some very neat equipment called a mole machine. This wonderful piece of kit was lowered into a pre dug hole in one corner of the garden near to the mains power pick up point. The mole machine was then started up and aimed towards another hole to the same depth some 10 meters away The machine powered by compressed air punched its way under the garden whilst pulling a flexible conduit behind it which was later to house a mains SWA cable to power the lamp post. This process was then repeated for a second lamp post a further 10 meters away and then finally again to a point for a plinth light. This was an amazingly quick process and all the work was completed within a few hours. A drawing rope was left inside of the conduit so that the electrician could pull through his armoured cables. The access holes where backfilled and made neat. the Lamp post itself was than made ready and fixed via a concrete base. The electrician finished making off all the safe connections and we had some wonderful display models installed exactly where we wanted them.
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