Outdoor Lighting Fixtures
Looking for an outdoor lighting fixture to put the finishing touch on your home? Maybe you should consider a handmade copper lantern to give you that unique look your neighbors will envy.
Outdoor lighting fixtures are available in a myriad of styles and designs that can add a delightfully warm touch to any home or business. All it takes is one trip down the outdoor lighting isle at one of the mega stores to see the products and choices – path lighting, sconces, decorative garden lighting, low voltage lighting, accent lighting, flood lighting and many styles of lamps and torches.
Outdoor lighting considerations
But what if you are looking for something truly different and out of the ordinary? We recommend thinking through all the outdoor lighting choices and making a good decision based on these factors:
Mounting and display choices: How and where you mount your outdoor lighting can make a tremendous difference in the look and feel. Typically speaking your choices will include:
♦ Post mount – lighting that is mounted from a post or column. This can include a wooden or metal post planted directly into the ground, patio or decking. This can also be called a “column mount” if the lighting is affixed directly to a brick or stone column as part of a fence or wall and gives an excellent view of the illumination from all directions.
♦ Wall mount – Outdoor lighting featured by mounting directly to a wall or an exterior surface. This mounting is sometimes called “flush mounting” and tends to favor traditional electric power as the temperature stays lower than with natural gas flame power.
♦ Bracket mount – Iron brackets offers the easiest installation for outdoor lighting fixtures and possibly the biggest “difference maker” when it comes to creating a truly unique look. Standard type brackets hold the light a few inches off of a surface allowing them to be used in almost any location. However with a little imagination you can choose dressier options such as scroll brackets, gooseneck brackets, and even brackets with flowers or New Orleans style fleur de lis on them. And for a truly French look consider a “mustache” bracket which extends from both sides of the light with a curl at the end.
♦ Hanging mount – outdoor light fixtures can also be hung from the ceiling for a more unique look. You often see these type of mounts with Flambeaux French Quarter style gas lanterns and can be combined with dressier touches like a yoke bracket or even a ladder rack. And while this type of outdoor lighting fixture can use an electric bulb – you can get a truly spectacular look with a dual or triple tipped flame for gas output.
One, two or more? How many outdoor light fixtures do you need?
Deciding just how many outdoor light fixtures you need can be a tough call. Depending on the type of setting you have one or 2 strategically placed lights may do the job. However many homeowners find that they need sets of 5, 10 or even more fixtures in order to get the look they want and a lot of this depends on the size of landscape being covered, and of course the budget.
• Gas or electric power? Most outdoor lighting choices revolve around the power issue. Areas like the deep south which have historical French influences and moist climates tend to prefer natural gas power. However homeowners in drier climates or more modern housing areas tend to prefer energy electric lighting powered with energy efficient low wattage bulbs.
• Antique or modern look? Many choices are out there for modern or contemporary looking outdoor lighting that feature clean lines and tend to be silver or black. On the other hand you can also find great choices in antique style outdoor lighting with an aged look, beveled glass, brass accents and more natural colors including copper that patinas over time.
Look for unique, flexible outdoor lighting choices
If you are like most people and searching for something a little “different” you may want to consider a high quality copper gas or electric lantern for outdoor use. These lanterns come in a number of styles and sizes to suit most any need and will give you years of outdoor lighting enjoyment. And while some are wired for electric use, copper lanterns can also use fuel such as natural gas or liquid propane to light up the night!
Inspired by the designs of lanterns found throughout the French Quarter, Flambeaux Lighting offers a selection of handmade copper lights at great prices with fast shipping. Customers interested in learning about the advantages offered by our expert craftsmanship can reach a member of our sales team by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 866-799-8443.
Before buying anything or starting a large project visit with your professional electrician or plumber to make sure you have all the information you need. Items such as transformers or outlets may be required so make sure to check with local officials to ensure proper planning takes place especially when dealing with gas or lighting systems.