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Exterior Outdoor Light Fixtures and the materials available for fabrication

Staprans custom flush wall mount lantern

There are several good metal choices for exterior outdoor light fixtures, some of which are more durable than others. Let’s start with the most high end material, which, in this case, bronze will be the first article on this topic – then we’ll work our way down the list:

Bronze: There is a perceived luxuriance characteristic with the word “bronze”. Bronze metal has been used, historically, for weapons, castings for tools and hardware, sculpture and an array of beautiful commodities. Bronze exterior outdoor lighting fixtures assembled from castings, are usually fabricated from an alloy mixture of copper, zinc and silicon. The alloy mixture has a low melting point, reaching fluidity at about 2000 degrees Fahrenheit, which creates the perfect molten liquid for adhering to the casting process.

Once the castings have cooled, the bronze material is considered corrosive resistant. Bronze becomes the perfect metal material for outdoor lighting fixture use – being superb in all types of weather environments. Bronze castings can be seamlessly connected when welded or soldered, to make an outdoor fixture or outdoor lantern look like one continuous piece. By protecting the outdoor lantern with wax or lacquer, you can achieve a natural aging or patina over time that will lend itself beautifully to your custom designed outdoor lighting fixture or lantern.

Outdoor Exterior Lighting

Industrial Chic Design – A New Trend in Outdoor Exterior Lighting

Interior Designers, Architects, Lighting Specifiers, Building Contractors and savvy Homeowners are opting for outdoor exterior lighting lanterns and fixtures whose design originated out of warehouses, industrial complexes and set props from film sound stages and studio sets. As lighting manufacturers of chandeliers, outdoor exterior lighting lanterns, pendants and column mounted lanterns, we felt we had certainly built enough industrial chic design type outdoor exterior lanterns form the silent era of film making to the present. From the days of Charlie Chaplin films up to the recent making of the movie Seabiscuit, a Disney Film, we have been involved in the fabrication of “set props” in the form of film lighting for over 100 years.

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The most innovative industrial chic outdoor exterior lighting trends don’t need to look like they were yanked off of an empty     warehouse for the sake of looking like some technical version of shabby chic. Outdoor lighting fixtures do not have to look rugged, heavy-duty, durable, strong, or tough forsaking
beautifully styled design. Not only can an industrial outdoor exterior lighting and lanterns look classic and original – designers and savvy homeowners are mixing up their outdoor exterior lighting by utilizing the industrial lights for areas of the home that should be well lit but also require a dark sky compliant label to satisfy the local codes without interfering with their neighbors living space.

Customlightsyles has been designing and engineering mechanized industrial chic outdoor exterior lighting for over a century. Industrial chic design is a unique fusion of metal and architecture which translates into a beautiful form with function. If you need to see some great examples, check out our website at www.customlightstyles.com and if you need assistance from someone in the outdoor lighting world who is generous with ideas and help, then call Mary Lu Hunt at 707-547-9909. She’ll give you the guidance you require.

Outdoor Exterior Lanterns

Customlightstyles Wall-Mounted Lanterns

 

 

Outdoor Exterior LanternsOutdoor exterior lanterns for wall mounting come in a variety of ways to be mounted on surfaces. When planning the placement of an outdoor exterior lantern, it is always a good rule of thumb to determine the style of lantern first. Your home’s architecture can often dictate the style of lantern you may select. If your home is of an English Tudor heritage – one to two stories with wood trim, a thatched roof, perhaps leaded glass windows, then you might select an English Tudor Coach light, which is affixed to the wall and sports a tail reminiscent of Tudor style horse coaches from the 16th, 17th and 18th century. Or, you might consider another English styled wall lantern that resembles the home’s windows. See the Exterior Lighting page on our customlightstyles website for more examples.Outdoor Exterior Lanterns

Italian styled architecture actually enlarges the scope of outdoor lantern exterior lantern designs that you can select from. Whether the placement is at the entry to your home or over a highly elevated garage with ornate doors, there are many different styles of outdoor exterior lanterns to choose from. Also, if the area over your garage is exceptionally wide, then an outdoor exterior lantern mounted with “moustache” arms that extend outward from the outdoor exterior lantern’s cage, will often lend itself to the architecture and scale of the garage.

Outdoor Exterior LanternsOutdoor exterior lantern styles can be very simple or very ornate. It all depends upon the person’s taste, the home’s architecture and, of course, the weight of one’s pocketbook. Put yourself in the hand’s of someone who knows outdoor exterior lanterns—give Mary Lu Hunt a call at 707-547-9909. She’ll be happy to guide you in the right direction.

Outdoor Landscape Lighting Solutions

Landscape Lights to light up your backyard!

Landscape lighting! Spring is here and most of us want to get outside and work in our gardens, barbecue and spruce up the outdoors after a long, cold winter.

What better way to make your front and backyard more inviting then by providing specialty lighting for your garden, deck and porch areas.

Lights make everything in your backyard look better!

Outdoor landscape installations are on the rise, creating stunning effects when installed in specific areas to highlight beautiful trees and plants, creating an area of beauty, safety and security as you move your living time from the inside to the outside. Outdoor lighting installed around your residence can light up porches, decks and patios, as well as, your home, making for a beautiful place to relax and spend time, while discouraging trespassers from venturing on to your property.

What types of  Outdoor Landscape Lights work best for specific areas of your backyard?

Outdoor Landscape Lighting SolutionsOutdoor well lights, organic pathway lights and outdoor recessed deck lights are just a subtle and unique way to dress your backyard living area while adding value to your home and property. Custom fabricated outdoor pathway lights cast delicate outdoor light across gravel pathways, while highlighting plants and illuminating walkways. 

Outdoor well lights are wonderful for casting light on walls and structures.  Outdoor hanging downlights from trees are also another way to cascade outdoor light down tree trunks and across lawns and shrubbery. The options for creating the perfect outdoor lighting atmosphere is just a matter of using one’s imagination while utilizing the specific outdoor landscape lighting solutions available!

 

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Posted by Mary Lu Hunt. Manufacturing.

19 Hard Things You Need To Do To Be Successful.

What this article is about: You are in charge, you are responsible, you call the shots and, you are the bottom line.

This article is written by Dan Waldschmidt of Edgy Conversations and it was published in the Business Insider.

http://www.businessinsider.com/hard-things-you-need-to-do-to-be-successful-2014-1

19 Hard Things You Need To Do To Be SuccessfulThis article really touched a cord with me, as an entreprenuer in today’s economy. I am working to keep lots of other people employed, and for that reason, I need to be reminded daily of how much my attitude, my demeanor and my metal counts with each and every individual I encounter. I have to stay positive in the face of dilemmas, time constraints and general malaise so that I can focus on the bigger picture. Staying successful and competitive in today’s American market. I want all of my clients to think I rock but I have to be prepared to not be the most popular kid on the block when it comes to decision-making.

Mr. Waldschmidt could not have written a more timely essay/list of points for us all to follow!

 

Custom Outdoor Exterior Lighting Lanterns

Custom Outdoor Exterior Lighting Lanterns

Custom Outdoor Exterior Lighting Lantern with a remote switch

Custom outdoor exterior lighting lanterns can be made with gas ignitions. With a flick of a switch or manually – one can control  the gas and the height of the flame. Outdoor exterior lighting fixtures, as in lanterns, hanging pendants, pier column mounts and flush wall mounts, can all be gas lit. The earliest custom outdoor exterior lighting lanterns made in America, were lit by a single candle. Later, when made available, lit by a single to triple flame powered by gas.

The earliest custom outdoor exterior lighting lanterns, were made of iron, not brass. These lanterns were prone to rusting if exposed to wet weather, especially, coastal marine weather. Early custom outdoor exterior lighting lanterns used for outdoor exterior use, were made by hand. The metal was formed with whatever tools  were available, in order to create a shape that was appealing with the  tastes of early America.

Our early history has shaped how we make beautifully crafted outdoor exterior lighting lanterns today. We have  many ways that allow us to create stunning luminaries that are so beautiful, they speak for themselves! Custom outdoor exterior lighting lanterns with gas ignitions are making a true comeback, not because they are energy efficient, but because they impart such a beautiful glow when lit.

Check out this piece on the origins of gas lighting at the turn-of-the-century:
http://www.nationalgasmuseum.org.uk /index.asp?page=history-04

Custom Outdoor Exterior Lighting Lanterns

Custom Outdoor Exterior Lighting Lantern with a manual switch

If our designs ignite your imagination or if you have some ideas of your own, call Customlightstyles at 707-547-9909 and ask for Mary Lu, who will be happy to guide you to achieve your own custom outdoor exterior lighting lantern.