Last Updated on 1 March 2010

Today in Amsterdam, in a park near my home, I saw city workers replacing the new, contemporary lights [pictured, left] with this old-school style [right].

New Light, Old Light

Light Detail

While this small image is a big grainy, you can see that these “new” lights are styled after old gas lamps. They have more charm than the contemporary lamps. Atop the fixture is a crown. Decorative crowns adorn fixtures and architecture throughout Amsterdam to celebrate Dutch royalty.

It is pretty neat that the city is embracing this old style look. Just goes to show ya, newer isn’t always better.