The principal of using post mounted lanterns is well established; by lifting a lantern higher you get a broader spread of light. Of course you need to get the balance right and ensure the amount of light is appropriate the height of the post or column. Here we have listed a few examples of the lamp posts we can supply. Contact us if you would like to see a wider range or need assistance with spacing and heights to achieve the correct light level. Lighting Styles has good expertise in this area and can offer good advice if required.
Before incandescent lamps, gas lighting was used in cities. The earliest lamp fixed lanterns required a lamplighter to tour the town at dusk, lighting each of the lanterns. Later ignition devices that would automatically strike the flame when the gas supply was activated. The first electric street lantern used a carbon arc lamp employing alternating current, which ensured that both electrodes were consumed at equal rates. An array of arc lamps were used to light Holborn Viaduct and the Thames Embankment in London. This was the the first electric street lighting in Britain. The first street in the UK to be lit by electric light was Mosley Street, in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The street was lit by Joseph Swan`s incandescent lamp on the 3rd February, 1879. Today, street lighting commonly uses high-intensity discharge lamps, often high pressure sodium lamps.