Published at Wednesday, 03 October 2018. Lantern Lights. By Maricela Ray.
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 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.
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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