In the 16th century the first public lighting, in the form of candle lighting, is introduced in several Dutch cities. Prior to this, street lighting was generally a matter of private initiatives.
A century later, in 1663, Jan van der Heyden, an inventor from Amsterdam - also known for the fire hose - invented an oil lantern with a sealed reservoir that kept the oil from leaking out. This oil lantern quickly became a success and was applied as public lighting in many cities. The wish to be able to place them everywhere urged Van der Heyden to invent the first lamp post.
The 19th century saw the introduction of the gas lantern. Gas lighting had two major advantages over oil lanterns. They were significantly cheaper and easier to light in one go. In its early stages, citizens heavily resisted this less expensive form of public lighting. The installation of gas pipes also started relatively late and in 1847 Amsterdam was the first city to have public gas lighting.
The first electric public lighting was introduced not long after the introduction of gas lighting: the arc lamp. With the introduction of the incandescent light bulb, in the early 20th century, both gas lighting and arc lamps lost their foothold. The light bulb itself was soon replaced by more economical lamps and up to today the sodium-vapour lamp is the most widely used lamp for public lighting. However, in the past few years more and more attention is being paid to sustainable and energy-saving lighting.
The classic lanterns produced by DE NOOD can now be found as public lighting in more than 200 Dutch municipalities. To be able to meet the market's demands, DE NOOD combines historical characteristics with modern, contemporary technologies to create classic lighting with a nostalgic touch. An example of this is the indirect LED lighting.