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Hiring a professional, seasoned outdoor lighting designer in a fluctuating economy.

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Do clients want to select outdoor lights from the big box stores, with everything being made overseas, or should they consider enlisting the creative energies of a knowledgeable lighting designer? A seasoned lighting designer can not only deliver the custom designed goods from the original concept to the actual installation day – they can also bring the outdoor light design within budget (within reason with today’s rising cost of materials) and deliver the outdoor light fixture within a reasonable lead time.

Outdoor light fixtures have taken on a whole new meaning when a client insists upon special sizes for each outdoor light application. When uniquely sized and designed backplates, decorative “baubles” for finials, gas lights over electric lights, tweaking the outdoor light fixture’s “roof” ever so slightly are called for – Voila! –  you have yourself a completely custom designed outdoor light. You cannot go to the “big box stores” and pull something off the shelf that doesn’t look like everyone else’s outdoor lantern. If you’re looking for outdoor lighting with that classically modern aesthetic or a lantern that is totally traditional, then a lighting designer can give you that personalized service, high quality materials, custom matched finishes, high end art glass, project management to ensure every detail is attained and the correct UL Label for the proper exterior or interior application.

If you want an outdoor light to last a lifetime, with all the qualities you’d expect from a uniquely made, finely crafted outdoor lantern – then enlisting the services of a design professional will not only save you money in the long run, but add value to your home, which, in today’s economy, a very important feature.

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 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!

 

Outdoor Pendant Lighting in Abundance

Outdoor Pendant lights come in a variety of styles, compatible with many different types of architecture and suitable for landscape design, as well. Outdoor pendant lighting and landscape lights should provide the proper amount of illumination, so that the area being lit up is safe and secure for pedestrians and guests arriving at the entryway of a home or business.

Outdoor Pendant Lighting in AbundanceOutdoor pendant lights should emit light from the side and bottom of the lantern or pendant so that the proper light spread illuminates pathways and stair adequately to ward off potential accidents.

Security minded architects, interior designers, lighting specifiers and builders often specify outdoor pendant lights as an acceptable form of light spread to ensure a safe entrance or approach to a business or residence.

A variety of finishes  should be available with the outdoor pendant lights or outdoor lanterns, with the option of selecting the most light emitting glass that produces a  softly lit glow without any glare.