Published at Wednesday, October 03rd 2018. by Helen Floyd in Lantern Lights.
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.
In order to determine your final choice of outdoor lighting pieces you have to decide on where they should be placed. It is best to light only the corners that will be used during the dark hours - the sitting spaces such as tables and chairs, benches and chaise lounge areas.
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.
The well lights are functional and beautiful - they are placed on the ground or under it so that they cannot be seen, but provide lighting you need to highlight trees or statues in your garden. The path lights might also be a good idea if you have a large yard, but they do not work for smaller ones. If you have a pond, do not miss to add special underwater pond lights to it - the landscape will become whimsical as if it has come out of a fairy tale.
Conversely, if you are lighting a large area, you may consider a street lantern, with two or more individual fixtures for broad lighting and maximum security. You can easily convert your outdoor post lamp into a motion-detector light that will alert you to visitors, both welcomed and unwelcomed.
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