Published at Sunday, September 23rd 2018. by Beulah Edwards in Lantern Lights.
Homeowners who want to include a new outdoor lighting system should first make a list of what they wish to achieve through their lighting system. One thing to consider is whether or not you want to have lantern lighting at all times, or only when it is needed. If you only want it when needed then the aforementioned options of an infra-red system or a motion detector system are the best methods. You should also determine whether you want to create a specific atmosphere in your garden, around a seating area, on a porch, or a deck. There are limitless effects that can be created with the right outdoor lantern lighting system and lighting layers.
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 style of the outdoor lighting should be as natural as possible to complement the design of the whole space. Go for models with gentler yet organic designs in warm earthly colors such as brown and green. The rustic lights in the form of lanterns with mock wooden frames are ideal for every yard.
In the Victorian era, gas lanterns were the staple, with a traditional Hexagonal shape and forged in bronze or copper. In modern times, many lanterns are still made of copper or brass, some with lacquer coating, or you can get the same look in a cost-effective, powder coated, lightweight aluminum, for a hard-wearing finish.
Installation of outdoor post lanterns is easier than you think, and can be done without the need for mixing a messy bag of concrete. Just make sure about 12 to 18 of the post is below the ground when you bury it and that you have placed rock around it to promote drainage away from the metal post to prevent rusting. For placement in colder areas, the bottom of the post should be deeper than the frost line so it remains stable during freezing. Allow a wide circle around the post with plenty of gravel. Make sure to plumb the post, and tamp generously. Before installation, check for the location of underground utilities to avoid an unfortunate incident!
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