The number of outdoor lighting manufacturers seems to increase every year. Whether a person handles the landscaping design or hires it out for completion, selecting quality products is an important part of the process.
It is important to consider which company or companies make the items you decide upon for your yard or home exterior. It will save a lot of money in the long run if you purchase dependable items in the beginning.
Look for names that you recognize. If your neighbors have had bad experiences with certain manufacturers, then avoid products with that name. Those items that have given you or others you know good service are always manufacturers to consider.
Craftmade Lighting Z1204-112 Prescott - One Light Wall Sconce, Peruvian Bronze Finish With Antique Scavo Glass
Hinkley Lighting 1537BZ-LED60 8.5-Watt 60-Degree 12-Volt Die Cast Aluminum Low Voltage LED Flood Light, Bronze Finish
Kichler Lighting Kichler 49146AGZ Riverbank 1-Light Outdoor Wall Lantern, Aged Bronze with White Linen Mist Glass
Familiarity with the company and easy access to service if there is a problem are additional qualities deserving attention. If the design you want is only available from one company, read reviews and ask local businesses for second opinions.
Those living in North America may recognize the following examples of reliable outdoor lighting manufacturers. There are far more than just these few, but this is a good start for determining what type of materials, design, bulbs and warranties are typical of the best companies.
Clever and creative describes Craftmade and their range of styles. Convert a plain exterior stucco wall into a blend of shadow and light with a classic wall lantern. Featured materials include cast aluminum.
A delightful example of Craftmade outdoor decor is the Z250-04-NRG compact fluorescent large wall light. The frosted glass delivers a retro look, while finishes of matte white, rust, and black matte provide a perfect match for any type of home exterior.
Hinkley Lighting is yet another familiar name, with a blend of elegance and comfort. Designers and homeowners will treasure the traditional and futuristic look of this company. Unique glass shapes and use of different styles of bulbs create a perfect match for any landscaping theme.
The extra-large Augusta outdoor wall light is an excellent example of the quality delivered by Hinkley. A solid brass wall mount and beautiful copper bronze finish provide beauty to the framework. The beveled glass pieces fit securely within the frame of the holder. Three 40W candelabra lights add the right touch of illumination to the pathway leading to the door.
Malibu 8301-9904-04 20-Watt Flood Light Kit, 4-Piece
Portfolio 1-Light Antique Pewter Outdoor Posthead 39336
Craftmade Z250-04-NRG Fluorescent Outdoor Sconce
Innovative engineering adds to the recognition of Kichler landscape lighting products. The fixtures and design fit in with any décor. The construction is of architectural-grade materials, designed to offer exemplary lighting and service. Many have 5 or 10 year warranties, while others carry limited lifetime warranties.
Certain porch areas, such as those nestled in an alcove, need more light from the ceiling. A popular selection is the beautiful Oak Bluffs Outdoor 2 Light Flush Mount by Kichler Lighting. The glass and textured architectural bronze-finished aluminum fixture holds two 75W bulbs.
In addition, Kichler is well known for manufacturing low-voltage lighting products. A full line of lights answers the question of what to place in any area. The company displays its customer service by providing a short designing course in their catalog for low-voltage lighting systems.
A point to remember is that quality is costly, but the expense is well worth the results and longevity of the item. Fixtures and light bulbs follow the same rule and to get desired results, use quality products and remember the brand names of those top performers.
Progress Lighting P5204-31 Cast Aluminum Clear Glass Liner with 1/2-Inch NPS Threaded Fitting For Permanent or P5233 Installation, Black
Hadco Lighting P39-K - 2 Tier Pagoda Pathlyte
Progress Lighting P5589-20 Bay Court Collection 1-Light Hanging Lantern, Antique Bronze
Recognized for reliable low-voltage lighting systems, Hadco recently responded to a rash of tripped circuit breakers caused when low voltage transformers were turned on. They discovered inrush current was causing the trip. Installation of a surge suppressor in their 22V HO transformers resolved nearly every instance. Quality companies listen to consumers and determine ways to improve products.
It is difficult to determine what type of quality to expect from products unless you are familiar with the outdoor lighting manufacturers that build them. Ask for opinions from people you trust and decide based on the information received.
Here are a few additional manufacturers I have written about so far that may interest you:
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