A light post can add a touch of elegance to a front yard, and it also adds security by providing extra light to the front yard and front of the home, once the sun sets. For even greater style and security, a homeowner should consider adding two light posts to the front yard. Greater illumination at the end of a driveway is a proven method for deterring thieves, as a well-lit home is easy to see, which doesn’t allow individuals to scope out a place without being quickly spotted.

The type of lamp posts a homeowner chooses will depend on her budget, the style of the home, and placement of the lights. If the homeowner is on a tight budget, she might consider a small set of outside lights that simply bolt to the side of the home or garage. These still offer good illumination, but will have a shorter range of light, offering protection up close to the home, but leaving much of the yard in darkness. If the homeowner has a tiny front yard, this may be adequate.

With a larger yard and bigger budget come more options for a homeowner’s light posts. If one wants to illuminate a long driveway leading up to a house, one should consider taller lamps set at either edge of the driveway. You can get these in either two bulb or four bulb sets, with the four bulb sets offering the best in lighting, but also costing more than a two bulb set will.

In terms of styles to compliment a home, some options for lamp post styles include the English light post, which offers a traditional, old-world look that suits heritage homes, but also looks great with more modern homes. The classic light post also offers a traditional look, which usually juts out from a main pole to provide up to three more fixtures for light bulbs. For Tudor-style homes, the French Colonial style lamp post is an excellent choice to give the home a European flair.

There are many options for outside lighting, and satisfying a homeowner’s outside lighting needs will largely depend on what she wants in the lamp posts she purchases. When shopping for these, the homeowner should consider placement, whether they will satisfy security needs or serve a more decorative purpose, and how much they can afford to spend on outside lighting. A homeowner should not settle on the first lighting option she finds, and should shop around for the best deals to meet all her lighting requirements.