Outdoor Lanterns – 6 Types To Consider
Implementing outdoor lanterns into the look of a patio, garden or deck is not only a great way to shed light on people and activities during the evening, but also is an excellent way to add style and warmth. The only problem many people have is choosing a type that best fits their own personal style and the reasons for using them.
With so many different styles to select from, the aim of the rest of this article is to give you a breakdown of some of the major types to give you an idea of what each light is designed for.
So let’s have a look!
(1) Post Lanterns – are positioned on either a pier or post. These lanterns are securely planted in the ground with their wires buried underneath the ground. Because of these factors, they offer a stable and secure place to situate a lamp. The posts themselves are typically made of aluminum or some other type of rust-resistant metal. Some stylish material options include slate, wrought iron and frosted glass.
These lights make a great choice for both accent lighting and outdoor security lighting because of their weather resistance and durability.
The majority of post lanterns are designed to work with 120 volt electricity, which means they can simply be plugged into the electrical source of your home. More energy efficient designs are 12 volt, but require a transformer to lower the home’s existing 120 volts down to 12 volts. To prevent lights from dimming, multiple transformers are needed for lights that extend 100 feet or more.
Post lanterns also feature a wide range of light bulbs types, from traditional incandescent light bulbs to energy-efficient LED light bulbs.
Here’s a quick look at each of these types:
(a) Post Mount Lanterns – typically sit atop a slim, cylindrical post and are more versatile than pier mount lanterns for the simple fact that – as long a power source is available with enough wiring – they can be situated just about anywhere on a property.
(b) Pier Mount Lanterns – are a great option for a fence, deck or other square surface. During the installation process, the wires can typically be strategically hidden along the rails of the deck or simply hidden inside of deck posts by drilling holes into each deck post.
(2) Outdoor Wall Lanterns – are ideal for the completion of an overall landscape lighting design. When artfully designed and properly integrated into the overall design theme of the home, outdoor wall lanterns can really make the your home stand apart.
Which type of outdoor wall lantern you decide to use will depend on your design, taste and where you plan to situate them. Ideally, each light should be placed at an appropriate height to easily illuminate the immediate surroundings, shed enough enough light on family and friends, and add a warm and inviting glow to the outdoor environment.
If you are unsure which style to choose, then you may want to begin searching on the Internet for ideas, visit a major home-design store or bring in the services of a professional.
Outdoor lanterns are made from a variety of materials – all designed for durability and style. Nickel and brass are common materials used with each purpose in mind – with brushed nickel being a particularly fine choice.
Should you decide to go with a wood variety, ebony wood and mahogany are two splendid choices – not only because they look fantastic, but also because they are extremely resistant to the weather conditions they will have to endure outside.
Should you desire a metal outdoor wall lantern, you can choose from unfinished metals to painted colors of any color you can possibly think of.
Whichever style you choose, outdoor wall lanterns can seamlessly be integrated into a home’s overall outdoor lighting design them.
(3) Outdoor Path Lighting – can easily incorporate the implementation of post lanterns or miniature outdoor lanterns situated close to the ground.
(4) Outdoor Candle Lanterns – are a lovely choice for almost any occasion. No other type of outdoor lantern can match the visual captivation of this soft, warm and flickering light.
(5) Outdoor Chinese Lanterns – are another exquisite choice for entertaining family and friends … or simply spending a quiet evening alone amid a gentle, subtle and warm light. Although most commonly associated with the Chinese New Year, these paper or bamboo constructed outdoor lanterns can be used all year long by anyone who appreciates the soft elegant light they provide.
(6 ) Tiki Torches – are typically associated with family gatherings and parties because of the the large area their light can cover, but can also either be used to highlight particular objects in your yard or simply as accent lighting.
These outdoor lights come in a large array of styles, types, sizes and material composition. Some offer natural flames, while others are electrical outdoor lanterns that merely need to be plugged into an outlet.
Final Word on Outdoor Lanterns
Make sure to keep extra light bulbs on hand to replace bulbs that will eventually burn out. Outdoor wall lanterns need to be connected to a junction box, which is typically located on the outside of the house. Additionally, wires may need to be run through your home’s walls in order to connect them with the main fuse box. Post mount and pier mount lanterns need to have their wires buried underneath the ground. These wires should be encased in PVC tubing before they are connected to the outdoor junction box.
Finally, for home use, low-voltage lines (12 volts ideally) should strongly be considered.