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Outdoor Wall Lanterns – Where To Put Them?

Outdoor Wall Lanterns are an easily installed and low-cost way to welcome your guests as well as enhancing security on your property. Cost, ease of install, security and style are all important to consider when using outdoor lighting to design your “lightscape”.Outdoor Wall Lanterns - Where To Put Them?

Another consideration is the physical characteristics of the landscape itself.

When you are considering installing outdoor lighting, you will need to take stock of the places on your property that will benefit the most from illumination. The best time to assess possible locations will be when lighting is needed most; at night. So bring out your flashlight and use it to light up different areas of your landscape. This should give you some ideas as to which spots you will place certain lights. Some places will need to be brightened so-as to provide security it at night. Others will be illuminated for strictly aesthetic reasons.

Trees, walkways, walls and posts make excellent places to install outdoor lanterns. Each point of installation offers different options in lighting techniques.

Three outdoor lighting techniques, for installing outdoor wall lanterns, that can be used are;

  • Downlighting
  • Uplighting
  • Backlighting

Downlighting simulates the sun or moon’s rays and  is best used for places that are security concerns such as driveways, walkways and stairs

Backlighting is designed to create a silhouette of the object you are intending to display. This is typically done by placing a light which faces away from the object and shines a light on a wall, fence or structure which lies behind the focal object.

Uplighting is accomplished by lighting objects from below. This is done to give the object more depth as the light plays on its surface.

Outdoor Wall Lanterns – Other Considerations

When deciding on which outdoor wall lantern to purchase, you will need to consider additional aspects such as the finish of the lantern, the environment in which it will be placed, the glare it will produce as well as how environmentally conscious you are.

In order to determine how long your outdoor lantern will last (and therefore stretch your money further), you will need to consider the environment in which the particular outdoor lighting will be placed. An environment that receives alot of rain or moisture can cause corrosion and can actually help to fuse metals together due to the corroded metal debris forming a type of cement between the two differing metals. Another thing to consider is how much light the fixture will receive. Ultraviolet light can cause the finish on the lantern to fade.

Finish is also important to consider. Black or Verdigris finishes can blend into the background. Pewter and Brass finishes provide a stylistic touch. Other styles to consider are copper (antique or polished) and antique brown.

Be careful that your outdoor lights do not produce too much glare and light pollution. There are numerous low-glare options that can be used to illuminate areas with outdoor wall lanterns without disturbing your neighbors.

If you are; looking to save money on your energy bill, are environmentally conscious or simply need to place outdoor lighting where conventional electrical lines cannot supply power, then solar-powered lighting may be a good choice. Solar lighting absorbs the sun’s rays and stores it in rechargeable batteries. When the sun disappears beyond the horizon, the solar lanterns will turn on and light up the area. Some models of solar lanterns will provide up to 15 hours of illumination (if fully charged). One caveat to consider is that solar lanterns will need between 6 and 8 hours of direct sunlight in order to provide the proper performance at night.

Advantages Of Solar Lanterns

We mentioned in a previous post that solar wall lanterns make excellent choices when designing a lightscape in your backyard. These outdoor lanterns provide the same light you are looking for from your other outdoor lighting choices but they have distinct advantages over their wired cousins.

Solar Wall Lanterns Use No Electricity

That’s right. The whole point of a solar lantern is so that you will save money on electricity while still lighting the spaces you need to illuminate. The solar lanterns will need to have roughly 8 hours of direct sunlight in order to work at peak power. But if they do get this sunlight, then they will have up to 15 hours of illumination to provide for you and your guests. What a great way to save money and still get the experience you desire.

Solar Lanterns Can Be Placed Anywhere

As long as the solar lantern gets enough sunlight during the day it will still work at night. So, with this in mind, the lantern can be placed anywhere you need it. This eliminates having to run electrical wires to your lanterns and allows you to expand the range of the lanterns from the house. We recommend you SUNWIND classic Solar Lantern Lights Outdoor for Christmas decoration.

Solar Wall Lanterns Are Better For The Environment

Think Globally, Act Locally is a mantra of environmental groups. With Global Climate change a concern for many people, the carbon emissions needed to run the solar lantern is nil. This means when you use them, you can be sure that you are doing your part locally to possibly alleviate a global problem.

Whether its better for your landscape design, your wallet or Planet Earth, solar wall lanterns offer an attractive option for your lightscape’s outdoor lighting needs.

Designing A LightScape Using Outdoor Wall Lanterns ? Consider Low Voltage Lighting

Not all outdoor wall lanterns are alike. You could go with very bright designs or with subtle lighting that provides a pleasing warm light.

It is best, when designing your “lightscape”, to mix and match the different types of outdoor lighting to avoid your landscape from looking like a ride at the county carnival. To help you avoid this, you will need to consider the change in vegetation so that you can properly mix the lighting and move it to accent the proper areas over time.

One low-cost way to ease installation and adapt to changing vegetation growth is to install low-voltage lighting (which uses a transformer to convert the 120volts from your house to 12volts which can be easily used by the lighting fixtures).

Low-voltage systems consist of at least three components;

  • the transformer (or power pack)
  • the low-voltage cable
  • the low-voltage lamp (or light fixture)

Low-voltage lighting is flexible and easy to use. These outdoor lights can be easily moved as plants grow and do not require extensive electrical knowledge to install ( following the installation guides should be sufficient). In fact, most installations can be finished within an hour or two while using only a screwdriver.

One additional consideration is that low-voltage lighting is shockless and therefore safe around children and pets.

When considering the ease of installation, low-cost and safety issues, low-voltage lighting is a very attractive option for you to consider when installing outdoor wall lanterns.

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