Published at Friday, September 28th 2018. by Helen Floyd in Lantern Lights.
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.
Modern electric lanterns have become very popular because they are safer to use, easier to use, and advancements have made them more durable. Some use a simple light bulb, while others use a more efficient fluorescent fixture. These lanterns use either disposable batteries, rechargeable batteries that must eventually be replaced, or permanently installed rechargeable batteries.
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 The kerosene lantern of the 19th century has largely been replaced by modern fueled lanterns and battery operated fluorescent lamp models.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.
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.
Some of us are old enough to remember when lanterns were the primary(only) source of light, especially in rural areas before electricity was widely available. The lantern lit the way to the barn and down the path to that special little out house. A lantern can be classed as any portable lighting device used to light large areas. Lanterns are used in signaling, and widely used for camping.
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