Ask Jan – A Collection of Expert Advice
from the “Lantern Lady” of Charleston.
Choosing the Right Outdoor Lantern
Choosing the right outdoor lighting fixtures is a critical final touch to a new home or a newly refreshed home. Copper lanterns can be the jewels that make a modest home appear to be a mansion, and conversely the appearance of a luxury home can be dampened by choosing the wrong outdoor lanterns.
In selecting the best outdoor light fixtures for your home there are three factors to consider:
The size of the lantern is important! Often, people choose copper lanterns that are too small for the home and thus miss their desired effect. Sometimes lanterns that are inappropriately large for the porch and door area are chosen. Size and proportion really come into play when matching post lanterns along a walkway or driveway with gas light sets on the porch or a lantern with large scrolls above the front entrance. Contact our Lantern Specialists at Carolina Lanterns. They are knowledgeable professionals who can advise you about size and proportion in choosing copper outdoor lighting fixtures.
Additional Expert Lantern Advice:
The style of your outdoor lighting fixtures should be complementary to the style of your home. Here at Carolina Lanterns and Lighting, we know that we offer a group of copper gas lights or copper electric lights that will enhance the style of your home. Considering all the models and options, we offer literally thousands of possibilities, but not every lantern is a good match for every home and application. It is our purpose to help you to find the perfect match in both outdoor lighting fixtures and indoor copper lanterns, taking in to consideration the size, style, exterior features, and lines of your home.
Placement is also very critical in attaining your desired look and effect of outdoor lighting fixtures. When lantern placement is beside a door, they must not be mounted too high on the wall, loosing the value of the light and beauty of the copper gas lantern. Placement of a single copper gas lantern over the door can set the mood for entering guests, however depth from the wall and style of gas lantern are critical. A look of luxury and fine taste is created by placing electric copper lanterns that exactly match the style of outdoor gas lights used in the front of the home in other applications; on the garage or carriage house, at the side door or back porch, around the pool, patio, or garden.