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Security Efficient Installation Techniques for Outdoor Exterior Lanterns

Did you ever wonder whether you should select a outdoor exterior ceiling mounted lantern versus an outdoor exterior wall mounted lantern? If you’re security minded, and still wondering…here are some good reasons to select one or the other or both:

1) Outdoor exterior wall mounted lanterns will light up the faces of any nighttime visitors that come to the door, thus making identification easier.

2) If your style of home denotes installing a outdoor exterior ceiling mounted lantern or overhead fixture, then appropriating a recessed light or lights on the ceiling near the wall over the door will minimize any shadows on your visitor’s faces.

3) Outdoor exterior wall mounted  lanterns should always be installed on the same side as the doorknob and this is only if you are using one lantern per entry door. If the  outdoor exterior wall mounted lantern were to be installed on the hinged side of the door, your sight would be compromised and only a dark profile of the face would be apparent.

4) If the vestibule area you are lighting is a large area, you can always select an outdoor exterior wall mounted lantern on either side of the entryway, as well as, an outdoor exterior ceiling hung lantern (especially if the threshold has a tall, recessed ceiling).

When illuminating the outdoor area you wish to light, it is important to consider any visibility needs. Strong beams of light at night can intrude on your neighbor’s property. It is important to effectively light up any outdoor areas without taking excessive measures for the inherent darkness that evening brings.

Here are some good points to consider:

1} Man-made light shold only exist where it is needed
2} Man-made light should be minimal, at best
3} The area being lite up should be moderated to the area deemed appropriate
4}The illumination duration should be applied in a practical manner in the affected area

Colonial Lanterns, When is a Lanthorn a Lantern?

Colonial Lanterns

Paul Revere is famous for being a patriot and a passionate colonist, having been one of the principal horsemen who led Boston’s Committee of Safety during the Boston Tea Party. He systematically set up a complex arrangement of lanterns, thus alerting the Minutemen of the British invasion, engraving his name in history forever as an American hero.

Colonial Lanterns, When is a Lanthorn a Lantern?His original version of colonial lanterns has been replicated for several hundreds of years and remains a favorite lantern design by many American manufacturers.

By trade, Paul Revere was a second generation silversmith and artisan, excelling at his trade by fabricating beautifully crafted tea sets and spoons. Not only was he celebrated in 1775 as the man who rode into the Lexington night to take heed of the approaching Redcoats  -he later expanded his American company to include a foundry so that he could further manufacture exquisite silver and pewter hardware for his discerning clientele.

Check out this story about Paul Revere’s famous lantern, lit by one candle and made by hand: www.concordmuseum.org/lantern.php

Although Paul Revere’s original colonial lantern was made from iron, instead of brass, it was prone to rusting and disentagrating in the wet weather of Boston and probably wouldn’t have survived many harsh winters for very long. Colonial lanterns were crudely fashioned and embellished by hand.

Today, we continue that historical influence by fabricating, here in the USA, these simple lanterns that have a beauty and simplicity all their own. Our patterns and colonial lanterns have been in the family for 105 years – softly and historically  illuminating entryways.

If you like this version of an 18th century Colonial lantern, or, if you have a more complex custom design in mind, call Customlightstyles at 707-547-9909 and have a chat with Mary Lu.