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Bollards, Pedestals & Posts Explained

Author: Peter Hopper
Published: March 27, 2016

The differences between bollards, pedestals and posts may not lose you much sleep at night, but they’re handy to know when buying outdoor lights. You’ll often see the terms used randomly, so here we attempt to sort them out.

Three definitions:

  • Bollard: A thick, sturdy post with a light on top, commonly used as commercial security lighting around perimeters and walkways.
  • Pedestal: A lantern or modern alternative with a short base for use on walls, pedestals or steps. Ideal for marking entrances to paths and driveways.
  • Post: A slimmer, often taller version of a bollard with a light at the top. Ideal for lighting garden paths or showing off plants and shrubs.

We hope these meanings will guide you towards the product you need.

Suggested products

Bollards, pedestals and post lights come in a variety of forms. Some of the options are explored below.


The slatted design of the Eterna Louvred Bollard helps cut out glare. This robust model comes with a fluorescent bulb for ample light and low running costs.

The cleverly designed Cole & Bright LED Solar Bollard is easy to install and free to run. A dusk to dawn sensor triggers low-level light at nightfall. This light becomes 10x brighter when anyone approaches, thanks to a built-in PIR sensor.

Pedestal lights

A modern fitting from Elstead, the Glenbeigh Pedestal Light has a durable, shatter-resistant polycarbonate diffuser. Other items are available in the same range for easy creation of a coordinated lighting scheme.

Superb quality is what you get from the Turin Grande Outdoor Pedestal Light. Norwegian company Norlys applies multiple surface treatments to its outdoor lights, allowing long lifespans and guarantees of unrivalled duration.

Post lights

Swedish decorative lighting experts Konstsmide make the stylish Parma Outdoor Post Light. This traditional fitting has a black finish that blends well with the greenery of any nearby plants and shrubs.

LED technology has created all sorts of possibilities. The Searchlight Tall Stainless Steel Post Light uses little energy and has a slim, modern style. As a dedicated LED fitting with a long lifespan, it does not need or use replaceable bulbs.

Coastal use

Stainless steel and painted metal light fittings do not protect against salt corrosion and are unsuitable for coastal use. Anywhere within 10 miles of the sea is deemed a coastal site by Lyco.

Norlys painted steel and aluminium lights come with long anti-corrosion guarantees of 15 and 25 years. They can be used as close as 4 miles from the sea without voiding the warranty. One example is the Stockholm Outdoor Pedestal Light.

Copper and galvanised steel products are always suitable for use near the sea. Once in place, they form a natural patina that inhibits corrosion. The harsher the environment, the quicker this happens. Polycarbonate fittings are also a good choice for coastal sites.

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