Published at Wednesday, September 26th 2018. by Emilia Cotton in Lantern Lights.
The good news is that the styles today are much more varied than they were in the days of David Copperfield. While old world styles are still very popular, modern designs have taken significant creative leaps, accommodating every home and garden scenario.
The use of the kerosene lantern declined after electricity became widely available and improvements to battery operated devices were made. Today, the kerosene lantern is largely a collectors item and is never lit. The kerosene lantern of the 19th century has largely been replaced by modern fueled lanterns and battery operated fluorescent lamp models. Because handling liquid fuel is dangerous, most modern lanterns use a small disposable steel cylinder to enclose the fuel and is simply disposed of when empty. This fuel is most likely propane. Of course, there are lanterns in use today that use kerosene, diesel and ethanol.
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.
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.
Oriental, nautical, arts & craft and traditional are just a few of the types of outdoor post lanterns available online, with glass styles offered in a variety of colors, finishes and thicknesses. Generally, your lamp will range from 1 to 2 feet in height, with a post starting at lengths of 3 to 4 feet and longer. Posts and lamps can be purchased separately on many online websites, with vivid color photographs and intricate detailing to make decision-making, ordering and shipping easy.
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