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How To Install A Lamp Post

We have made putting together your new lamp post even easier with our free installation kit and guide. 

Please note we always recommend a qualified electrician or tradesperson is used for Lamp Post installation. Recommendations are subject to modifications due to individual circumstances, such as ground type, exposure environment etc. The viability of the lamp post and location must be assessed by a qualified professional ensuring it is suitable, making necessary modifications to the location or lamp post where required.   The information provided is based on residential use only. 

Simple Installation Overview

Advanced Installation Overview
Below we have a step by step guide for a slightly more advanced lamp post installation method. This is typically called an "All-Thread" fitting method.

A guide to light bulbs
In the video below, we detail and recommend the best light bulbs for our lamp post and lanterns.

How to setup an English Lamp Post

English Lamp Posts cannot take any responsibility for improper installation.

Our Lamp Posts are generally supplied in three sections:

1) Lantern
2) Lamp Post
3) Central pole section

In order to assemble the post, you slide the central post section into the base, until it firmly meets the shelf. Once in place there are four locking points which hold the pole in place. These can be tightened using the special hex key provided.The hex key can be found packed with your lantern head.

The second stage is to place your lantern over the collar at the top of the post (ladder bar end) and again tighten with the hex key provided.  The trades person installing must ensure all fixings are tightened and that the column is securely attached to the base.  We recommend nothing is tied to or applies horizontal pressure on the pole which may strain or damage the fixings at the base.  

Lamp Posts are generally installed using the following process:

1) Firstly dig the necessary trench from your desired Lamp Post installation area to your power supply. Depending on the height/weight an educated decision should be made as to the depth of base needed to support the lamp post in place. Typically the pad size is between 2-3ft cubed, using a root anchor if the ground is of an uncertain quality.

2) Into the trench place your conduit which has already been threaded with electrical cable. Using the excess cable, thread the lamp post and lantern and connect the bulb holder, ensuring it is earthed. 

3) Ensure the conduit rises out of the concrete pad central to your lamp posts final location (you may want to use a 90-degree conduit elbow) and pour the cement mixture into the base area. Allow the cement sufficient time to completely harden.

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4) Once hardened, the Lamp Post should be erected and using a small masonry drill bit the fixing points marked onto the ground. Once marked using the full size masonry drill bit, drill 4 holes into the cement base. The masonry rawl bolts are typically M10 size, please check the specific bolts as this may vary depending on availability. 

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5) It is now time to tap your expanding masonry bolts into place. Remember to do this gently as it is very easy to un-thread the nut which allows the bolt to tighten.  Typical rawl bolt hole depth is the entire length of the rawl bolt.  Once in place the Lamp Post base can be placed back in position over the 4 holes and the bolts tightened. Due to the nature of the bolts they will expand into the concrete base when tightened and should not be used at the edge of the base due to their expanding nature. 

6) An alternative installation procedure whereby threaded bar is set directly into the base may be used by your trades person when required. 

Thread Bar Lamp Post Fixing

7) Once installed we advise covering all stainless steel fixings, masonry rawl bolts and any chips or scuffs with a metal based paint, to complete the look and seal any areas exposed to the elements. For more general maintenace, please see the maintenance link in the footer of the website. 

8) Stand back an admire your Lamp Post fully installed. Complete an assessment ensuring everything is secure and safe. 

lamp post after installation

Please note we always recommend a qualify electrician or trade professional is used to install your lamp post. We cannot take any responsibility for improper installation.

The ladder bars on all lamp posts are purley for decorative purposes and should not be used with an actual ladder. we always recommend the use of an appropriate A frame ladder or scaffold towers.  The Lamp posts are not designed for leaning against, climbing or areas with high winds.   The lamp posts are designed primarily for residential use.  In commercial environments we recommend reinforcing the lamp post by welding seperate components together. 

Additional Ideas

As shown additional electrical fittings maybe added by your electrician. Shown below we have the lamp post base featuring an IP66 waterproof socket outlet. 

IP66 plug socket at lamp post base

Installation Tips for a Swan Neck Lantern

As our swan neck style lanterns have a roof mounted bulb configuration and so some extra installation measures are typically taken by the electrician during wiring. As shown in the images below, the cable entry point should be sealed using a locking nut, washer and grommet.

Victorian Swan Neck Lantern Installation

Your electrician or tradesperson can then apply a layer of silicon to completely seal the cable entry point. As shown the silicon used is typically black. Silicon can also be added to the inside of the lantern where the bulb holder stem meets the lantern roof, as pictured below.

Black Silicon Applied to Inside of Lantern Lid

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