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Posts Tagged ‘Low Voltage Lighting’

Outdoor Chandeliers ~ideas and location

Friday, May 15th, 2009

Outdoor chandeliers are a special way to light many outdoor areas. Below you will find outside lighting tips, ranging from safety issues to planning ideas. From small decks to large porches, to sun rooms and gazebos, an outdoor chandelier is a perfect way to make those special evenings even more memorable.

CHANDELIER FEATURES:

Whenever choosing outdoor chandeliers~

1. Be sure it is UL approved for outside and wet/damp locations.

2. An outside chandelier should come with sealed circuitry, a switch which is rubber coated, and a heavy outdoor cord which has a grounded plug.

3. Whenever a chandelier is exposed to more weather, i.e. in a shallow outdoor entry, choosing one with waterproof glass shades is not a bad idea.

4. Lastly, if you want one with fabric shades, be sure the shades are made from a weather resistant fabric or material.

LOCATION:

Deck or porch lighting~

Beyond safety and weather durability of outdoor chandeliers, you also should consider where you are planning to place your new light. When a chandelier is located over a table, a down light included in the chandelier is very helpful.

Gazebo lights~ Many gazebos have a steeper pitch to the roof. Here is a perfect place to incorporate a “taller” chandelier, one with more height. (Not usually as viable of a choice with a normal porch ceiling height.)

Royce 4 Light Outdoor Chandelier

Sun room lighting~ Sun rooms and solariums are another wise place to utilize a outdoor rated light fixture. Especially in the case that the sun room has extensive plants or a hot tub, the extra humidity can be very taxing on a chandelier not rated for outside, damp use.

Low voltage lighting~ Turn your outside space even more “GREEN” with a low voltage outdoor chandelier. There are two prime advantages to a low voltage light- 1. the lower energy consumption, and 2. low voltage is a more stable light source than a solar powered light. Solar lights can tend to grow dim.

Once you determine where you plan to hang your outdoor chandelier then it is time to select the style. Kichler outdoor lighting is a very popular style. Other brand names are Royce and Madaga. In lighting you get what you pay for. At times name brands do help to insure that that outdoor light will in fact hold up over time because it is made from stronger and an overall better selection of material.

One style of outdoor chandeliers is the large outdoor chandeliers. Typically they have multiple lights, an wider span, and also taller. Mini chandeliers are fine, but at times the larger ones meet the need the best. When using an outdoor chandelier over a table or in the center of an area where you like to visit with people, then a fixture which is capable of shedding more light is important. Also in larger areas the outdoor chandelier becomes central to the focal point of the area.

An outside chandelier is in fact the same thing as an outdoor chandelier. As the name implies it is meant for outdoor use. At times, as mentioned above with sun rooms and solarium, it is better to choose a fixture rated for outdoor use. It should be remembered that just because a fixture is intended for the outside of the home it does not mean that it cannot be used elsewhere inside of the home. If you find an outside chandelier that suits your needs and fits with the decor of a room, don’t hesitate to go ahead and use it.

One of the most sought after lights of our visitors has been outdoor chandeliers for gazebos. Gazebos are other places in which these lights work well. From solar light units to taller longer models, gazebo chandeliers are part of the wide world of gazebo lighting. When a homeowner is going to the expense of adding an area that an outdoor chandelier would be suitable for, they usually like to invest in their home’s outdoor design as a whole. Things such as gazebos become part of the area. So be sure to take a look at our outdoor gazebo chandelier article for more details.

BUT MOST OF ALL: Your outside chandelier should reflect the overall character of you and your exterior home design. There are numerous choices out there, from rustic log cabins to beach motif, and contemporary to classic. Whatever YOUR choice, have fun with it and turn your area into somewhere you want to linger just a little bit longer…

During the fall and winter months other outside lighting such as outdoor Christmas Decorations, outdoor tree lights, and solar Christmas lights are great choices to enrich the outside of the home and to celebrate the holiday season.

Outdoor Chandelier Light

Exploring Kichler outdoor lighting ideas

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009
  • Just recently I came across a very interesting addition to standard outdoor lighting fixtures, with a twist. Kichler, a very prominent brand in the outdoor lighting companies, has a real neat line of outdoor lighting called, the Garden Collections. Each of these eight series have several lights for different functions, but they each strongly fit in artistic design with their collection family. Additionally, two of the collections have outdoor chandelier lights.
  • The first, the Ainsley Collection reflect the flavor of an English garden.

    The Almeria Collection has it’s roots in old world Spanish architecture (my personal favorite) and it has a matching outdoor chandelier.

    The Aries Manor Collection is a low voltage line.

    The Alameda Outdoor Collection is another outdoor series that focuses on symmetrical sizes with honey colored glass. Pictured on the left is the three light outdoor linear chandelier of this collection.

    The Cotswold Collection sweeps you back to a country manor.

    The Collection named Gate House has a European fliar.

    Oak Trail Collection leans heavily towards the Western Lodge look, including an outside chandelier with globes looking like candles. Pictured below, with about 8 beige glass candles and the old bronze finish, it would enhance any porch. Coupled with the additional lights in the Oak Trail Collection, you have a combination that will accent not just your chandelier area.

    The Vintange Park features an Early American feel.

    And the Zen Garden is a low voltage solution with very simple boxy design, but elegant.

    • So even for the choosiest homeowner, Kichler has done an outstanding job of offering a wide variety of matching outdoor lights. Much of the lighting is available in aluminum, brass, and copper. With choices abounding, I am well impressed with the offerings of this company.

    Make your outside just as beautiful as inside, as many memories will be made there.

    Antler Chandeliers are also very nice indoors. For indoor lights we not only explore candle and antler chandeliers but we recently added a bathroom lighting section.

    Outdoor Chandelier Light