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Houzz Spotlight: Choosing The Right Outdoor Lighting Fixtures

“No matter how beautiful the design, if the size is wrong, the lantern will not look good.”

For Andrew Medway, choosing the right outdoor lighting fixtures is essential. It’s also something that he frequently finds is done wrong, and usually the culprit is the size of the light fixture. “It’s critical not only to match the style but also the scale of the project. Large homes require large lighting fixtures,” he says.

Medway co-owns Lanternland in Mesa, AZ which produces handmade copper and brass light fixtures and provides custom lighting, primarily for outdoor spaces. The first step of designing a lighting plan, according to Medway and his colleague Jenifer Tague, is to think about the project as a whole and consider both space and proportions.

Outddoor Living Patio: Michelets Residence

Go big. When it comes to outdoor lighting, most people choose fixtures that are too small, Medway says. “Remember that people will be seeing the light fixtures from a distance, such as a street that may be 50 feet away,” he says. For a good perspective on how big a light should be, Medway recommends making a mock-up that’s the size of the fixture to use as a placeholder, then stepping away and seeing how it looks in the space.

Entry: Michelets Residence

Design with needs in mind. “Many homeowners have design challenges that can’t be met by off-the-shelf lighting,” Medway says. These include space limitations for mounting brackets, existing siding, a need to modify the electrical box or local regulations that rule out most off-the-shelf fixtures. This is when custom lighting is the best option. “All of our lanterns are handmade to order for each client,” he says.

Whether you’re looking for standard light fixtures or going with a custom design, Medway offers advice for choosing the right lighting for your home.

Landon Sr. Wall Light with Bracket - Paradise Valley, AZ - Garage

1. Find the Right Size

One size does not fit all, especially in larger spaces. This homeowner in Paradise Valley was unable to find outdoor lanterns that were large enough to provide both curb appeal and adequate lighting, Medway says. Customizing an existing design proved to be the optimal solution.

“We were able to create an oversized version of one of our standard lanterns that was in proportion with her home and gave it the wow factor she desired,” he says. Medway also recommends looking at surrounding areas at the same time to coordinate the lighting throughout your outdoor space. For this home, Lanternland created a matching two-tiered pendant for the entry as well.

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Custom Pendant Lantern for Outdoor Living Space - Installation #4

2. Match Lighting to Your Style

Finding a style you love is also essential, Medway says. “No matter if the client starts with a vague idea, a sketch on a napkin, a picture torn from a magazine or a finished architectural drawing, we work with them to get the look that is just right for their home,” he says. For one homeowner in Moraga, California, this meant fabricating a custom pendant lantern based on a photo she had found online.

“She was building a pergola for her outdoor living space and had her heart set on getting the look she had seen on Houzz,” Medway says. When she wasn’t able to find the pendant, or any information about it, she turned to Lanternland. “We modified the original concept slightly and went with an open bottom to allow easy access to the bulb,” he says.

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Coronado Mission Wall Light Copper Lantern Installation - Coronado Beach, CA

3. Check Your Local Regulations

Many areas have ordinances that limit the amount of light that can be used outdoors at night. “This homeowner in Coronado, California, had a design she liked but could not find what she wanted in a lantern that met the dark-sky outdoor lighting regulations,” Medway says. “We were able to guide her to a lantern style that matched her home and could be modified to meet the requirement.”

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More: For more information on Andrew Medway and Jenifer Tague and examples of their work, visit Lanternland’s Houzz profile.

This story was written by the Houzz Sponsored Content team.

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Giveway Winner

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Congratulations to our copper lantern lighting giveaway contest winner Brenda H. of Oregon!  Brenda chose the Cape Cod Onion Pendant Lantern in Dark Copper with Seeded Glass for her home.

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We will be doing another giveaway later this year.
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A big ‘Thank You’  from Lanternland to everyone who entered and to USA Love List for making our giveaway contest a huge success. We truly appreciate the time and effort you put into spreading the word about Lanternland and the importance of buying American made products.As our way of saying thanks we will be offering 15% off all four lighting fixtures featured in the contest until April 30th, 2016. Save now on the New Haven Wall Sconce, the Cape Cod Pendant, the Portland Pendant and the Back Bay Post Light. Enter coupon code USALL04-15 at checkout to save.

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Coronado Mission Style Copper Outdoor Lanterns for Beach House

If you live near the ocean, you would not want to buy just any type of outdoor lanterns for your beautiful beach house. The salt air from the ocean can oxidize and destroy light fixtures made from cheaper materials such as aluminum. Only certain outdoor lighting fixtures like solid copper brass are recommended near the ocean.  When copper outdoor lanterns are left out in the elements it will last for decades while developing a beautiful natural patina look.

We recently installed a custom outdoor hanging lantern and our Coronado Mission Copper Lanterns on this beautiful beach house on Coronado Beach outside of San Diego, CA.  Our lighting design team will work with you to create the perfect lighting solution for your beach house, lake home, or your everyday home from design to installation.

Coronado Custom Hanging Lantern for Front Porch Area

Coronado Custom Hanging Outdoor Lantern

Coronado Custom Outdoor Lighting for Beach House

Coronado Mission Wall Light Copper Lantern

Coronado Mission  Copper Lighting for patio doors

Coronado Mission Wall Light Copper Lantern for patio doors

Coronado Mission Wall Light Copper Lantern for side patio doors

Coronado Mission Wall Light Copper Lantern for back patio

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Shop Online 24/7 for handmade copper and brass lanterns at www.lanternland.com.  Don’t see quite what you are looking for? Modify and/or customize one of our lantern designs, create your own lantern, or reproduce an antique lighting design. For answers to your questions, please call us at (855) 454-5200.

 

Custom Residential Indoor Lighting in Paradise Valley

Custom residential indoor lighting in Paradise Valley designed in collaboration with Lynda Martin, ASID, for a discriminating client with an eye for detail. Spotlights the Significance of “It’s all in the Details.”

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Pentimento Lighting is a team of talented people – lighting designers and artisans who all work with the customer to achieve one common goal…our customers’ vision and requirements. We are an integrated resource helping you to coordinate style and design while keeping your budget in mind. Over 30 years of manufacturing and product lighting design experience enable us to deliver solutions! If you can’t find it, let us make it for you!

Talk to one of our lighting design professionals today to get started on your project.

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Custom Made Crystal Chandelier

We custom finish each chandelier to the clients specifications.  Your custom made crystal chandelier can complement any aesthetic.

Custom Crystal Chandelier

Custom Crystal Pendant

Custom Pendant Light

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All Pentimento light fixtures are manufactured and created in our very own factory in Mesa, AZ.  We’re only a few short minutes away from Phoenix and Scottsdale.  Our team of lighting designers and artisans ensure every light fixture meets every client specification.

Have a question about how we can help you?  Call us at (480) 962-1918 or (855) 223-5500 or use our contact form.

Win a Handmade Copper Lantern!

Win a handmade copper lantern valued up to $400!

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Pentimento Lighting and Lanternland are teaming up again with USA Love List to give away one of our most popular lighting fixtures. The winner will choose from one of four popular styles in a variety of size, finish and glass options to create a handmade copper and brass lighting fixture that is as distinctive as their home.

From Friday, March 4th thru Thursday, March 17th 2016, go to http://bit.ly/1Qw66mN and enter for your chance to win.

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Copper Wall Sconce Lanterns for Waterfront Homes

Back Bay Wall Sconce Copper Lighting

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Back Bay Sconce Style Wall Mount Copper Lantern

The Back Bay Copper Wall Sconce Lanterns, shown above in our golden Antique Brass finish with Clear Glass, is a classic nautical style copper lantern perfect for waterfront homes and damp locations such as a pier or dock. Made by hand in the USA from high quality copper or brass the Back Bay Wall Mount Copper Lantern will never rust or corrode and includes our lifetime warranty. Also available as a post mount copper lantern and a pendant style hanging copper lantern, the Back Bay Copper Lantern Collection includes your choice of eight all natural hand-applied finishes and four unique styles of glass at no extra cost. Combined with our lifetime warranty and FREE shipping on all orders to the continental US, the Back Bay Copper Lantern Collection is a tremendous value.

With Lanternland you can choose from a huge variety of custom options; custom sizes from large to small, custom bulb and socket options including GU24, LED and low-voltage sockets, custom finishes, custom etched glass, custom brackets, custom mounts, custom designs, antique reproductions and more.

Don’t see quite what you are looking for? Modify one of our lantern designs, create your own lantern or reproduce an antique lighting design. Our lighting design team will work with you to create the perfect lighting solution for your home or project from design to installation. All of our outdoor copper lighting is handcrafted by skilled artisans in our Phoenix, Arizona factory to offer nearly unlimited custom lighting design options from size to sockets. Contact Lanternland today for a free lighting design consultation; Call Toll Free (855) 454-5200.

Blake Wall Sconce Copper Lantern

 

Blake Wall Sconce Dark Copper Lantern

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Blake Wall Sconce Copper Lantern Reflector Plate

The Blake Wall Sconce Copper Lantern is a classic colonial lantern handmade in our Mesa, AZ factory from pure copper or brass and is designed to last for decades. Available in your choice of three sizes, eight unique all-natural finishes and four classic styles of glass, this versatile lantern works well with traditional and colonial styles homes as well as cabins and lake homes.

You can choose from a huge variety of custom options; custom sizes from large to small, custom bulb and socket options including GU24, LED and low-voltage sockets, custom finishes, custom etched glass, custom brackets, custom mounts, custom designs, antique reproductions, dark sky and more.

Order Lanterns Online and choose from any of our eight all-natural copper and brass hand applied finishes at no extra cost.  Shipping is FREE and custom orders and requests are always welcome.  For answers to your questions, please call our lighting designers at (855) 223-5500.  If you’re located in the Phoenix, AZ or Scottsdale, AZ area, you can also set up an appointment to visit our factory showroom.

Wall Mount Copper Lantern with Bracket

Brookfield Wall Mount Copper Lantern with Bracket

Brookfield Wall Mount Copper Lantern

The Brookfield Wall Mount Copper Lantern with Bracket is handmade in our Mesa, AZ factory from solid copper and brass for the highest possible quality outdoor lighting. The Brookfield Lantern is designed to work well with a variety of traditional American styles of old houses including Colonial, Colonial Revival, Greek Revival, Rustic and Log & Timber. The Brookfields works well as a patio light, porch light, entry light or a deck light.

Unlike inferior lighting made from steel and aluminum in China, the Brookfield is constructed is the USA from solid copper and brass which means the Brookfield Lantern will to stand up to the elements year after year and keep looking great. The all natural hand applied finish is designed to work with the elements and produce a beautiful patina which will increase the beauty and value of your lighting as time goes by. Available in wall light, post light, and wall sconce versions in a variety of sizes, with your choice of finish and glass options, the classic elegant style will light your family’s way home for decades to come.

Order Online and choose from any of our eight all-natural copper and brass hand applied finishes at no extra cost.  Shipping is FREE and custom orders and requests are always welcome.  For answers to your questions, please call our lighting designers at (855) 223-5500.

Introducing Our New Hope Wall Sconce Series

The New Hope Wall Sconce Series, by Lanternland, is a classic colonial lantern made by hand in our Mesa, AZ factory from high quality brass or copper and is designed to last for decades. Available in your choice of four sizes, eight unique finishes and four classic styles of glass, this versatile lantern works well with traditional and colonial styles homes as well as cabins and lake homes. You can buy online or call (855) 223-5500 to speak to our lighting design team for custom requests and orders.

New Hope Large Copper Wall Sconce

New Hope Medium Brass Wall Sconce

New Hope Small Brass Wall Sconce

New Hope Small Copper Wall Sconce