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Gazebo Lights

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Madaga Outdoor Chandelier Also For Use with Popup Gazebo

I thought that it was about time that I devote an entire page of our website Outdoor Chandelier Light to the aspect of Gazebo Lights. Gazebos are unique structures that add the unique and sometimes even unusual aspect to a yard. Gazebos are not a structure devoted to shelter from the elements and housing a family or even protecting an automobile. Instead it trends towards the almost whimsical and is truly a building chosen for athletic purposes more than for practice purposes. Gazebos can be either the permanent type or the portable pop up gazebo style. Permanent gazebos are usually built with a wooden frame and have a roof overhead. Latticework is often chosen for some of the wall-less sides. Thinking back on movies I can’t help but recall two scenes from the famous Sound of Music. Both take place within the wide gazebo on the Von Trapp estate. This particular gazebo was multi sided, very wide, and was incased in glass. One of the first scenes of the movie has the oldest daughter, Lisle, and her suitor, Raul, doing a singing and dance routine together. The second scene depicts the romantic scene between Maria and Captain Von Trapp. Here this structure located in the backdrop of lovely gardens was chosen to further create the mood of the very scene. Gazebos can also be made of logs. For log homes, a log gazebo made from the same materials as the home itself can be situated away from the home and aid in tying the exterior design of the home with its main object, the log home itself.

Paradise Cast Aluminum Solar Gazebo Chandelier

Gazebo lighting serves a few different purposes. Lighting can be used for its functional use of providing light. And it can also be used to help create a backdrop. When company visits a home it is common for the gathering to move to more outdoor areas. If a deck is located just outside of the dining room door, then many times the visitors will end up being invited out onto the deck to sit and enjoy the evening. When a gazebo is near, that too can become a place to sit and relax. Some gazebos are very small while others offer a twelve foot or more width. The larger the structure the more it has a need for a light to serve as the focal point. This is where an outdoor gazebo chandelier comes into play. If a gazebo has a steep roof pitch then a taller longer light can be used. For wider gazebos with more interior space a multi light unit can be used. Standard outdoor chandeliers are rated for outdoor use. They are not only suitable for above covered decks, porches, and balconies, but also for buildings such as the yard gazebo. For times when a table is placed under then hanging light of the gazebo, then an outdoor chandelier is also very useful. For those who prefer not to have an outdoor chandelier as the focal point of a gazebo, there are also the options of a semi flush mount light and a hanging lantern. Chandeliers usually have many arms which protrude from it and reach out with lights on the ends of the arms. A hanging lantern on the other hand has a single light incased in glass and suspended from a chain. This type of light would still shed light in the middle of the area but would not be as overpowering or attention attracting – or distracting – as a chandelier might prove to be. The semi flush mount gazebo light is very similar to a ceiling light for the inside of the home. Corbett Lighting makes a particular ceiling mount light that is decorated with a metal work pattern over the tinted globe. This provides a light which can be situated higher in the gazebo structure. This gazebo light also radiates a good bit of light with its three light bulb composition. Now back to our discussion of purposes of the gazebo light. An outdoor chandelier for gazebos would defiantly fit into the category of focal point lighting. To create more of an atmosphere there are some less noticed lights which can play a vital role. These are the family of outdoor accent lighting with such things as rope lights, colored gazebo lights, wall sconces. The entire purpose of these lights is to accent the structure of the building or the architecture, create a relaxed mood, and to provide a little more light to the outdoor yard areas with out being intrusive to the visitors. Strings of rope lights can be installed on the framework and roof of a gazebo. Some light strings come with the plastic ties to attach them directly to the structure. Rope lights are also similarly installed at time. If lattice work is added to the sides of a gazebo or even just in places, the rope lights can be wound up through the lattice. Wall sconce can be attached to the main supports of the roof and provide more focused light on the sidelines of the building. The second type of gazebos, the pop up gazebos also deserve attention in the body of our article. Pop up gazebos are designed to be portable and quick to assemble and disassemble. Typically the higher quality ones are designed with a strong metal frame work and vinyl roof. Some also have sides which can be opened and closed. To light this type of structure the Madaga Company designed an outdoor gazebo chandelier to be used in their pop up gazebo models. Another popular option for lighting the popup gazebos is the use of accent lights. String or ropes of lights can be attached directly to the framework of the gazebo.

Madaga Pop Up Gazebo with Wicker Furniture

One outside space that deserves attention is around a swimming pool our outdoor hot tub. Either a free standing wooden gazebo can be used or a popup gazebo. There is a great desire to get out of the sun and into the shade. The majority of swimming occurs during the day and in the hot sun. Some times it is nice to sit out and read a book on the side of the pool but not be directly out in the light. The shade provided by a gazebo is perfect for reading or relaxing under. I think one of the biggest benefits to a gazebo area is it is conducive to conversation instead of television. It creates an atmosphere where people are not distracted by the phone (especially if they leave the cell phone inside) and they can just relax without the ringing phone, talking TV set, or flashing computer to draw the attention away. There is a time all of us need to get away from the rush and sit and soak up the outdoors. If you are looking at this site hopping for insights into decorating a gazebo, hanging a chandelier, or selecting outdoor lighting, then you have a taste for what I am describing.

Outdoor Light Strings

Gazebos are many times located away from the home. Also gazebos can be added to the garden after the home is built and the grass and flower beds are well established. In this case it can become a menacing problem and task to extend electricity from the home to the structure. In this case solar lighting is a great option. Solar lights charge during the day and radiate the light during the evening and night hours.  Solar gazebo chandeliers can serve the purpose for lighting the main area. Also other outdoor gazebo lights can sever to light the area without the time and expense of running electric to the structure. When a popup gazebo is used a solar lights can also be an asset. This also prevents the yard from becoming crisscrossed with extension cords.

Solar lights do require a lot of direct sun exposure in order to charge the batteries. If the garden is totally overshadowed with trees or the physical location of the home is always very cloudy the solar panels may not charge enough to supply adequate power to the lights. Solar patio lights range between the outdoor chandeliers, to solar spotlights, solar rope gazebo lights, and even solar rock garden lights. Any solar gazebo lights or patio lights may have to have their batteries replaced from time to time. For areas such as the north eastern United States, solar lights may not get enough sunlight. For western states such as Montana which receives an average of 302 days of sun per year they perform a little better. Many homeowners with solar driveways lights are very happy with them. Solar power does not typically produce a bright light, but it is a ‘free’  and Green power source for sure.

Corbett Semi Flush Gazebo Light

Now for times in which gazebos and gazebo lighting can come into use. For those yard parties or garden parties a gazebo, lovely yard, and flower gardens all serve the purpose of taking the guest outdoors and providing places and scenes to tingle their senses. So parties are one time that outdoor gazebo lights serve the purpose. Another time is for reunions. Popup gazebos are perfect for erecting in the yard or even at a park to provide more covered seating and dining areas, a band area, and even a dance floor. Family reunions can be quite large, so large portable gazebos can be put to the task. Outdoor weddings and receptions are also times when a large gazebo tent is usable. One neighbor a few years ago had a yard wedding and used a white gazebo tent with arched window openings with mosquito netting over them. It gave a graceful air and worked well even with the wind came up. To light the area gazebo chandelier were hung from the frame. Also Japanese lanterns were put to the task. Having areas well lit with gazebo lights encourages people to stay longer. The linger effect occurs. For an evening wedding, the reception can last well into the night. As the darkness pulls its veil over the world once more then the gazebo lighting, outdoor chandeliers and ropes of lights can all do their job. Extra lighting also makes it safer for people walking in the yard and around garden paths.

Outdoor gazebo lights are many and varied. From solar powered to outdoor chandeliers, rope lights to accent lighting, there are many to choose from. It is worth taking the time to select just the right outdoor lighting combination for the gazebo of your choice. For interiors be sure to look for a candle chandelier. Another interior style chandelier is the Antler Chandelier.Bathroom lights should also be carefully researched.

Outdoor Chandelier Light

Types of Outdoor Gazebo Chandelier Options

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Outdoor chandeliers come in three main types solar, electric, and candle chandeliers. When looking for outdoor chandeliers for gazebos there are some options which should be considered before a choice is made. Gazebos are unique buildings. First let’s look at the very permanent kind. Then an eye will be paid to the much more portable outdoor patio gazebos.

Very permanent gazebos are made of wood. Typically they are multi sided. A gabled steep pitch roof line is also very characteristic. A railing with spindles or lattice around the edge is also common. Gazebos are not usually used for eating in, but they can be. The point of having a gazebo is to add aesthetic beauty to a home and garden. Most homeowners do not bother with a gazebo until they begin to focus on improving their landscaping and exterior home design as a whole. Gazebos do require maintenance such as painting or staining every few years, roofing as needed, and also a regular check for insect and rot damage.

Gazebos can be placed by themselves in a yard, such as along a walkway, or they can be built onto part of a deck such as on the corner of a patio by a pool. If a home is log, some homeowners choose to order a log gazebo when they purchase their home. The round post and beam style is lovely and allows for all the angles typical with a six or eight sided gazebo. Handcrafted log railing can be used in place of the lattice to further enhance the feel of log and the abstinence from standard building material. Stacked logs can be used for a gazebo, but it is more common to use the post and beam construction.

On the less permanent side of things is the portable outdoor patio gazebo. Theses are tent like structures, constructed of metal frames with fabric or canvas stretched over them. The sides usually have bug netting to limit mosquito infestation in the evening hours. A patio gazebo can be used in the yard, anchored with bolts screwed into the ground on the corners, or it can be set on a deck. To prevent wind interference holes can be drilled through the decking boards and the gazebo anchored to bolts inserted though the holes. A downfall to these gazebos is that the metal may not be very strong and also the fabric can fade under the direct light of the sun. The Madaga Portable Home gazebo is one that is very highly reviewed by customers as having a good high quality metal frame. Combating fading is another issue, to limit fading, an anti-UV spray and be applied to the fabric cover. It is best to spray this coating to it when it is brand new so that UV damage is limited from the beginning.

Now let’s turn an eye towards the lights themselves. Any time a low-voltage chandelier or an electric one is going to be used, the gazebo must be wired for electricity. Running overhead wires from the house or garage is possible, but does takes away from the beauty of the outdoor space. A better way is to bury the electric underground. Backhoes can be brought to the site, but this can leave a mess. To bury the electric some contractors have Bobcats with special attachments to limit the amount of ground disturbance that must be done. Skid steers are small and can turn sharply. Rubber track mounted units are used by many landscapers. After the electric is trenched the gazebo can be wired with an outlet and a box to hang the outdoor chandelier from. Outdoor chandeliers may come with a plug and an extension cord. This enables the light to be plugged in. Hard wiring it directly is also done, but if a gazebo chandelier gets damaged and needs to be replaced, only having to plug it in is easier than reinstalling it with hardwiring.

Gazebos are unique buildings and when matching one with outdoor chandeliers for gazebos choices the height and width of the building should be looked into. A taller steeper pitched roof can accommodate a taller, longer outdoor light unit. If the gazebo is wider with a lower roof line, then an outdoor chandelier that is wider can be used. If a table is going to be placed in the gazebo then that also should be taken into consideration. Running into a heavy wrought iron outdoor chandelier with a head does not feel good. So choosing carefully the location as well as the furniture to be used in an area is a good idea.

It should be noted that not all chandeliers are for outdoor use. Outdoor chandeliers are specially UL rated for outdoor use and are intended for wet/damp locations. Also rubber coated switches and heavy grounded extension cords are all part of making them safe for outdoor use.

Other outdoor chandeliers for gazebos would include solar gazebo chandeliers and gazebo candle chandeliers. Both of these are very useful for areas where there is no electric. Candles and solar use alternative energy sources and are very Green in comparison to electricity from some non renewable sources.

Solar gazebo chandeliers collect light during the day. Then they light themselves up at dusk. Solar light is not very bright and it does grow dimmer and fade out during the night. Most homeowners use their gazebos in the evening so the light does happen to be the brightest during the time that it is most frequently used. Outdoor candle chandeliers are also not very bright, but they add lots of charm to an area. Flickering candle light over a quiet conversation as the sun is setting is undoubtedly romantic. Gazebo lights can serve many purposes.

Outdoor chandeliers are many and can be made to match just about any situation on the outside of the home. Gazebos enhance a yard and also provide a place to sit out of the direct sunlight. Madaga does have an outdoor chandelier for its gazebos, specifically designed for the portable yard gazebo. Making choices of higher quality outdoor lighting, such as Kichler outdoor lighting, also helps to insure that a light is of high craftsmanship and will last. Antler Chandeliers are also a wonderful option for inside the home. For indoor uses, bathroom lights should be shopped for with the same care.

Outdoor Chandelier Light