If you have invested both time and money into having your residential home or commercial space professionally landscaped then you want to enjoy it as much as you can and that means you need some form of lighting. In this edition of ‘found by james’ I provide you with my favorite outdoor lantern, discovered after countless hours scouring the internet so that you don’t have too!
Lanterns can be used as an effective source of accent lighting. What is accent lighting? Its main purpose to the draw attention away from any ‘ugly’ areas of your backyard such as those tin garden shed, garbage bin and/or clothes line hanger.
Lanterns creative not only an aesthetically pleasing source of the light, they are also practical in that, depending on their size, they can create enough light to illuminate dinner serving areas, outdoor dining tables, and/or outdoor drink bars.
You can use them as path lights to guide you and your guests to their required destination. No one wants to be tripping over some of the different hazards that can present themselves in a modern backyards, you can use a lantern for path light safety. As an added bonus, lights have been shown to increase security as burglars don’t have anywhere to hide.
Whatever you do don’t fall for one of the most common mistakes when choosing an outdoor lantern which is, picking one that is too small the area requiring light. It happens all the time, especially when buying online. You see a design that you love and you buy it. It arrives home, you turn it on, only to realize that the light only spreads so far and you now need to either buy a much larger size lantern or multiple additional lanterns of the same size you previously purchased. Worst case, go bigger. It won’t hurt. At a minimum, be sure to check size specifications before you order.
The last point I will make before getting onto the ‘big reveal’ is, make sure your choose a lantern color that compliments your landscape. If you want a more earthy tone, something that isn’t too bright and will compliment traditional backyards, go with a bronze color. Black gold or some form of walnut or marble mahogany color would also work.
You can use black if you like and most of the cheaper lanterns will come in black only. I would say that black isn’t as good as bronze however it can work if you have outdoor furniture or accessories that have a dark trim.
If black is too strong for your area possibly dabble with a stone color which has some accents of grey. Lastly, don’t be scared of going all white! I know, it may sound ridiculous but an all white lantern can look great against dark brick houses with some white trim either on the gutters or windows.
Anyway that is enough babble from me as usual, here it is, my favorite outdoor lantern:
The lantern is available from beacont.com
Why did I choose this one? It is such a simple design that can be grouped together, as shown, to complement each other. Therefore you can have as few or as many as you like. The light will flicker beautifully out of the top, they will be minimal maintenance and their sleek and modern design should work well in any outdoor space.