Published at Tuesday, October 02nd 2018. by Tammi Jensen in Lantern Lights.
Often, outdoor post lanterns are desired for aesthetic purposes or accent lighting. If so, you may want to make sure it highlights focal points in your landscaping, providing a dramatic touch to outdoor seating areas, fountains or even statues. If the goal is to imitate moonlight or you want an ambient glow, you may choose a fixture with muted windowpanes or opaque panels. Solar lights are excellent choices for this type of lighting, as they offer a more natural glow, are inexpensive to maintain, and friendly to the environment. Sensors on the light figures turn on at dusk and off at dawn, but in order for them to recharge correctly, they must be placed in an area that will get a lot of sunlight for most effective use.
You should select your outdoor lighting after all the other decoration tasks are completed and the outdoor space is fully furnished. After the tasks are completed, you will have a better idea of the types of lights you need and where to place them. The decorative lights are perfect for the outdoor space and you will have plenty of styles and designs to choose from.
The simplest form of a lantern, and most likely the first, is the candle lantern. A candle is placed in a metal box with glass sides and an open top. We all know of the kerosene lantern, also referred to as a hurricane lantern. This type lantern was commonly used from the 19th century into the middle of the 20th century. This lantern, or a version of, is still used by campers and other outdoorsmen. The kerosene lantern is ruggedly built for portability. The metal chimney and side tubes supports the glass globe and enhance the draft of air reaching the flame. Horse drawn carriages, railroad cars and ships were other early uses of the kerosene lantern.
Charles Dickens noted, There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast. Dickens could have been referring to outdoor post lanterns, a staple on the murky streets of London in his day.
When considering outdoor post lanterns for your home, the first thing you want to ask yourself is, what are you lighting? This will help determine the size of your outdoor post lanterns and whether you want the beams to face up, down or spread out for maximum lighting coverage. It will also help narrow your choices if you are trying to match other lighting or home design features such as fences, outdoor furniture, or nearby structures.
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