Published at Monday, October 01st 2018. by Emilia Cotton in Lantern Lights.
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.
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.
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 The kerosene lantern of the 19th century has largely been replaced by modern fueled lanterns and battery operated fluorescent lamp models.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.
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.
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.
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