The Correct Outdoor Lantern for Your Home’s Architecture

Outdoor lighting fixtures come in a wide line-up of designs, finishes, historic classifications, dimensions and glass selections. There are fundamentals in your home’s exterior décor that can safely help you choose the best possible outdoor light fixture to add beauty, as well as, safety and security to your home. It is best to illuminate your entrance to your home first, thus establishing a design or theme for the rest of the house. But first, it is wise to look for common design characteristics in your home to select the perfect outdoor light fixture. The following styles of outdoor lights should be helpful in identifying those specific features of your home that you wish to emphasize.

LanternTraditional Architecture

This style of architecture calls for a lighting fixture that is classic, elegant and without being excessively detailed. Outdoor light fixtures of this classification often have linear lines, some curves and are often reflecting those characteristics of either European or Victorian stylings. Outdoor lighting in this vein offers a rather broad category of influence without being too avant-garde.

Custom, Made-to-Order, Gas and Electric Exterior Light Fixtures

Custom outdoor lighting fabricators have always involved themselves with creative projects that include the client’s input, because, after all, the client has a vision of how they want the final outdoor light fixture to look like, upon completion. From the initial design to an actual full scale hand drawn draft and pattern, prototype molds, the completion of the prototype, the fabricator should show the client each of the steps to make sure he has done exactly what the client wants.  After the design prototype has been approved, there is the finish selection, the glass choice and the actual trial testing of the fixture, the photographing of the fixture, then the careful packing and handling, prior to the outgoing shipment.


Custom outdoor light fixtures should be UL compliant outdoor light fixtures, whether they are gas or electric. When dealing with a custom outdoor lighting fabricator, it is important that the manufactory has an excellent reputation, supported by many years of careful fabrication and expertise, with in house designers who give their attention to every detail. Whether it’s home lighting you seek or an innovative historical reproduction for your business, a custom outdoor lighting fabricator should also offer energy saving solutions in a complete range of outdoor lighting fixture styles.

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Moustached Wall Mounted Lanterns above Garage Doors

Wall Mounted Lanterns above Garage Doors

When strategically planning the placement of our exterior lanterns, sometimes less is more. If your home is in the planning stages of where to place your electrical junction boxes, consider this: One well placed wall mounted lantern above your thoughtfully designed garage doors can make a noble statement. If the space above the doors is dramatic enough, then a wall mounted lantern, such as the lantern shown above with the moustache scrolls, can be the perfect design solution.

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There are many variations on the outward scrolls, from the most simplistic  to the most ornate. Your home’s architecture will dictate how elaborate your lantern’s design should be. Just another tip for making the most of your individual abode’s unique design without following the pack down to the big box store and slapping something on the walls just to take up space.

 

Selecting high end, durable metals for outdoor, exterior lanterns


There are several good metal choices for exterior outdoor light fixtures, some of which are more durable than others. Let’s start with the most high end material, which, in this case, bronze will be the first article on this topic – then we’ll work our way down the list:

Bronze: There is a perceived luxuriance characteristic with the word “bronze”. Bronze metal has been used, historically, for weapons, castings for tools and hardware, sculpture and an array of beautiful commodities. Bronze exterior outdoor lighting fixtures assembled from castings, are usually fabricated from an alloy mixture of copper, zinc and silicon. The alloy mixture has a low melting point, reaching fluidity at about 2000 degrees Fahrenheit, which creates the perfect molten liquid for adhering to the casting process. Once the castings have cooled, the bronze material is considered corrosive resistant. Bronze becomes the perfect metal material for outdoor lighting fixture use – being superb in all types of weather environments. Bronze castings can be seamlessly connected when welded or soldered, to make an outdoor fixture or outdoor lantern look like one continuous piece. By protecting the outdoor lantern with wax or lacquer, you can achieve a natural aging or patina over time that will lend itself beautifully to your custom designed outdoor lighting fixture or lantern.

Spring is finally here and it’s time to update our homes and gardens! Landscape Lighting with Pathway Lighting

 
Landscape lighting and pathway lighting fixtures are designed to be used as accent outdoor lighting for your yard, hardscape areas, gardens, shrubbery, sculpted trees and to highlight the architecture of your home’s surroundings.

Outdoor landscape lighting can be powered electrically, often by low voltage which require transformers, evoking soft illumination at night which is aesthetically appealing. Solar lighting is also any option, however, the energy is dependent upon the sun and does not offer consistent lighting when needed.

Pathlights come in a variety of shapes, sizes, designs and are highly durable when fabricated in a heavy gauge brass material which will not fail or rust. Tree lights designed as wren or hummingbird houses are also another way to highlight beautifully trimmed saplings, imparting effective shadows with light cascades, while continuing to create a more secure outdoor landscape lighting area.

 

Outdoor Landscape Lighting Solutions

Landscape Lights to light up your backyard!

Landscape lighting! Spring is here and most of us want to get outside and work in our gardens, barbecue and spruce up the outdoors after a long, cold winter.

What better way to make your front and backyard more inviting then by providing specialty lighting for your garden, deck and porch areas.

Lights make everything in your backyard look better!

Outdoor landscape installations are on the rise, creating stunning effects when installed in specific areas to highlight beautiful trees and plants, creating an area of beauty, safety and security as you move your living time from the inside to the outside. Outdoor lighting installed around your residence can light up porches, decks and patios, as well as, your home, making for a beautiful place to relax and spend time, while discouraging trespassers from venturing on to your property.


What types of  Outdoor Landscape Lights work best for specific areas of your backyard?

Outdoor well lights, organic pathway lights and outdoor recessed deck lights are just a subtle and unique way to dress your backyard living area while adding value to your home and property. Custom fabricated outdoor pathway lights cast delicate outdoor light across gravel pathways, while highlighting plants and illuminating walkways. 

Outdoor well lights are wonderful for casting light on walls and structures.  Outdoor hanging downlights from trees are also another way to cascade outdoor light down tree trunks and across lawns and shrubbery. The options for creating the perfect outdoor lighting atmosphere is just a matter of using one’s imagination while utilizing the specific outdoor landscape lighting solutions available!

 

Outdoor Pendant Lighting in Abundance

Outdoor Pendant lights come in a variety of styles, compatible with many different types of architecture and suitable for landscape design, as well. Outdoor pendant lighting and landscape lights should provide the proper amount of illumination, so that the area being lit up is safe and secure for pedestrians and guests arriving at the entryway of a home or business.


Outdoor pendant lights should emit light from the side and bottom of the lantern or pendant so that the proper light spread illuminates pathways and stair adequately to ward off potential accidents.

Security minded architects, interior designers, lighting specifiers and builders often specify outdoor pendant lights as an acceptable form of light spread to ensure a safe entrance or approach to a business or residence.

A variety of finishes  should be available with the outdoor pendant lights or outdoor lanterns, with the option of selecting the most light emitting glass that produces a  softly lit glow without any glare.

Historic Causeway Hand Cast Solid Brass Outdoor Lanterns Installed in Washington D.C.

Custom Hand Made Outdoor Light Fixtures for Gas and Electric Installations


Is it important enough for a client  to insist upon custom fabricated fixtures versus off the shelf, mass produced lighting fixtures? Absolutely, if the client wants a one-of-a-kind fixture based on careful research of a historic antique or simply a fixture that you won’t see on every other house in the neighborhood. Custom outdoor exterior lanterns are based on careful research of 17th and 18th century custom exterior lighting that is timely today and perfect for residential and commercial use. Custom light fixtures are hand crafted by highly trained artisans, with very high standards and hand finished with beautiful patinas and specialty art glass.

Custom outdoor lighting fabricators have always involved themselves with creative projects that include the client’s input, because, after all, the client has a vision of how they want the final outdoor light fixture to look like, upon completion. From the initial design to an actual full scale hand drawn draft and pattern, prototype molds, the completion of the prototype, the fabricator should show the client each of the steps to make sure he has done exactly what the client wants.  After the design prototype has been approved, there is the finish selection, the glass choice and the actual trial testing of the fixture, the photographing of the fixture, then the careful packing and handling, prior to the outgoing shipment.


Custom outdoor light fixtures
should be UL compliant outdoor light  fixtures, whether they are gas or electric. When dealing with a custom outdoor lighting fabricator, it is important that the manufactory has an excellent reputation, supported by many years of careful fabrication and expertise, with in house designers who give their attention to every detail. Whether it’s home lighting you seek or an innovative historical reproduction for your business, a custom outdoor lighting fabricator should also offer energy saving solutions in a complete range of outdoor lighting fixture styles.

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