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Lamp Post Installation Guide & General Maintenance

Installation Guide

We strongly recommend general lamp post installation and wiring is completed by a set of qualified tradespeople and electricians. A tradesperson is equipped with the relevant knowledge needed when it comes to assessing the suitability of an installation area, and will ensure any necessary modifications are made if required. Not all locations will be suitable and we cannot take any responsibility for inappropriate installation.  

To help you and your tradespeople along, we have put together some guidelines to help outline the process. Please note that the installation method can differ regarding size, style and installation setting.

Watch this video to get a step-by-step demonstration of an "All-Thread" fitting method.

Installing Your Lamp Post

With your lamp post you will have received a wooden template like the one pictured below. This will help position the fixing holes and space needed for the base at the installation site.

  • Once you have determined and/or created a suitable base area for your lamp post, place the supplied wooden template at the location. Once happy with the position, mark out the proposed fixing holes.
  • Ensure the concrete base has been threaded with the electrical channel and is complete with wiring prior to fitting the lamp post itself.
  • Drill four fixing holes into the concrete, or installation site, ready to fix the lamp post base into position using the supplied masonry expanding rawl bolts. Your tradesperson may wish to use an alternative method such as the “all thread method” depending on ground type, see the installation video below for more information.
  • With the base now in position you can fit the central pole and thread the excess wire through ready to connect to the lantern.
  • The wiring will now need to be connected to the brass bulb holder (supplied) ready for use. Again, we highly recommend the use of a qualified electrician to ensure this is done safely and correctly.

Lamp Post Installation Guide

Bulb Guide

Now that you have successfully installed your lamp post and lantern, you'll want to start thinking about getting it up and running. But what bulb should you be using? This quick video guide perfectly details the kinds of bulbs that will be suitable for getting your new lamp post beautifully illuminated. 

Ensuring Stability and Further Maintenance of the Post

    • Due to the use of stainless steel locking points, iron filings can be left behind once tightened. Because of this, we recommend that each locking point is coated over with a good quality metal paint such as Hammerite.
    • Due to the rigours and handling of your lamp post during installation, we recommend that a paint coat is given within the first 3-9 months and then repeated as and when required.
    • We recommend that pressure is not applied to the post by pulling, leaning or tying things to the post which may cause the central pole to apply additional pressure on the base fixings. Please also note that the ladder bars on all lamp posts are purely for decorative purposes and should not be used with an actual leaning ladder. Our lamp posts are not designed for leaning against, climbing or areas with high winds.
    • We recommend the installation is professionally assessed to ensure it is safe and secure. 

Installation Tips for a Victorian Swan Neck Lantern

With all of our swan neck style lanterns, you will receive a roof mounted bulb holder meaning some extra installation methods are typically used during the wiring process. As shown in the images below, your electrician or tradesperson should secure the cable entry point with a locking nut, washer and grommet.

Swan Neck Victorian Lantern Installation

A small layer of silicon can also be applied to completely seal this cable entry point. As pictured, a matching black silicon is typically used for a more aesthetic finish. Silicon can also be added to the underside of the lantern lid where the bulb holder stem meets the lantern roof, as pictured below.

Black Silicon Applied To Inside of Lantern

Maintenance

Each section of your lamp post will require slightly different degrees of attention. Some sections require very little maintenance but, for others, more routine attention may be needed.  Generally an annual maintenance schedule is recommend. Follow this guide for tips on how to maintain specific lantern and lamp post types.

Post Maintenance

Iron Bases and Ladder Bars

The iron bases and ladder bar centre require as little or as much care as you feel necessary. Iron, by its very makeup, does not corrode in the same way as other metals and must not be confused with steel. However, even with no care at all, very little else will occur other than the dulling and cracking of paintwork or rusting of the surface over time.

Some of our customers prefer the natural ageing of iron and actually desire the antique/period look that uncared for iron can offer. If you’re looking to keep iron in perfect condition, we recommend painting within the first 3-9 months followed by yearly maintenance, or as required. 

Please note the iron bases are prone to cracking as cast iron is brittle, especially if dropped or if something collides with the base.

Cast Iron Lamp Post Base + Ladder BarFull Aluminium Posts & Bracketry

For aluminium, routine painting may be necessary depending on your preference. You may prefer the rustic look that aluminium acquires as it ages, or you may wish to keep it in its original condition. Aluminium paints are commonly available but if you should need assistance finding a suitable brand, our team is always on hand to help if you give us a call.

The main benefit of aluminium is the high detail and more defined castings which can be achieved when using it as a material.  Also if aluminium corrodes, it generally forms a white powder which is less noticeable than the brown marks normally associated with steel or iron. This property of aluminium makes it ideal for use with bracketry on buildings or walls, especially when they are painted.  

Lamp Post BracketrySteel Posts and Victorian Lanterns

As with any steel structure, elements and moisture in the air will cause corrosion over time. Even where these components have been galvanised or powder coated, this will only prolong the life of the product and does not provide a final fix.

All steel posts and lanterns are manufactured from pre-galvanised steel and then coated with a thick black powder coat. For optimum performance we recommend these sections are painted with metal based paint within the first 3-9 months of installation and then yearly, or as required.  

Upon installation we always advise grub screw locking points, and any nicks in the paintwork, are sealed with a metal based protective paint.

Steel Post of Lamp PostAlthough we have mentioned the various sections of the posts individually, there are paints available which can be applied to iron, steel and aluminium, so maintenance can easily be completed on the entire post in a single session.

Lantern Maintenance

Copper Lanterns

All of our copper lanterns are coated in a tough stove lacquer. This protective layer is designed to break down slowly over time, allowing the copper gradual exposure to the elements. Depending on the chemicals and salt content in the air, the lanterns will gradually patina down to a rich dark green colour. If you would like to try and preserve the bright polished copper appearance, we recommend the use of a yacht varnish.

Copper Victorian Lanterns

Antique Brass Lanterns

Our antique Brass Lanterns are also coated in a tough stove lacquer. Whilst brass does not age in the same way as copper, it will tarnish over time. We recommend regular cleaning with a damp cloth or brass specific treatments only. It is important to ensure that cleaning chemicals and agents should not be used.

Antique Brass Lanterns

Acrylic Panes

Acrylic is a stronger and generally safer alternative to glass. Acrylics main weakness is that it can be easily scratched. During the fitting, we always recommend that the Perspex is handled with care to avoid damage. Once installed the level of transparency offered will be almost identical to glass.

Please note that in areas of high pollution or within proximity to the coast, the metalwork will always require greater maintenance due to the corrosive atmospheric conditions.

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