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Copper Lanterns & Outdoor Lighting: Inspirations, Answers, and Advice

Monday, December 23, 2013

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Happy Holidays From Lanternland!

Happy Holidays From Lanternland


We are thankful for all of our loyal customers and employees who have made this the best year ever for Lanternland. We look forward to expanding our line of traditional Colonial copper lanterns and outdoor lighting with exciting new products including our number one request, more LED lighting options for our copper lanterns. Thank You! As our gift to you use take 10% off your first order in January using coupon code lljan10. Shop Lanternland Now!


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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Light The Way Home For The Holidays: 10% Off All Lanternland Post Lighting Thru Dec. 15th


 Save 10% On All Post Lighting From Lanternland



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Absolutely nothing says "Happy Holidays" like the bright lights of home. Light your family's way home for the holidays with new post lighting from Lanternland. Now through December 15th save 10% on all Lanternland Post Lighting

Every Lanternland lantern is handcrafted in America by skilled artisans from high quality brass or copper and is designed to last for decades so that you can keep welcoming your family home for years to come. Guaranteed for life, you can depend on Lanternland lanterns to stand up to the harshest winter conditions and never rust or corrode. 



Choose from seven all-natural finishes and four unique styles of glass to create one-of-a-kind lighting personalized for your home. Combined with free shipping, Lanternland lanterns are a proven value

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

9 Must-Have Amenities for
Luxury Home Buyers in 2013

Luxury home buyers are a unique breed unto themselves with their own needs and desires which are often different than the need of the average consumer. To that end Peter Ricci of Chicago Agent Magazine put together this info-graphic based on a Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate survey of luxury home buyers.

The top choices both turned out to be related to home lighting: 1) "Smart Home" Technology Controls and 2) An Outdoor Garden Oasis.

Take a look at this fun, interactive info-graphic to see what other items made luxury homebuyers most wanted list.


Monday, October 14, 2013

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SOCCKET: Energy Generating Soccer Ball and Self-Powered Light

SOCCKET: Energy Harnessing Socket Ball
SOCCKET by Uncharted Play

Uncharted Play, founded by Harvard graduates Matthews and Julia Silverman has introduced an energy-harnessing soccer ball. Much more than a normal soccer ball, the SOCCKET is a portable generator and self powered LED light that provides fun and power to those who play with it. 


SOCCKET: Energy Harnessing Socket Ball
SOCCKET: Energy Harnessing Socket Ball 

In May of 2011, Jessica O. Matthews and Julia Silverman founded Uncharted Play–a new kind of social enterprise that would show the world that doing good and doing good business need not be mutually exclusive.

The Uncharted Play dream began in 2008 when Matthews and Silverman met during their junior year at Harvard College. Both studying to be social scientists with no experience in engineering, they nonetheless worked together on a class project to invent the SOCCKET– an energy harnessing soccer ball. Through this experience, both women realized that the world of play was truly uncharted territory when it came to tangibly addressing real issues facing the society. Though the future was uncertain, they knew that an enterprise grounded in sustainable, realistic solutions for happiness had an undeniable value.

After graduating from college, Matthews and Silverman set up shop in New York City and established an enthusiastic team to further develop the founders core values. The SOCCKET is constantly being reiterated to truly meet the needs of the end user, and development on several other fun and functional products has already begun.

The initial offering on Kickstarter sold out quickly but they are currently acceptine pre-orders for a limited number of SOCCKET's which will be available soon. You can get more information at http://unchartedplay.com.

Friday, October 4, 2013

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Happenings From The Lanternland Factory

This September has been one of out busiest months here at Lanternland with more custom orders and exciting projects than ever.  Of course we couldn't wait to share! Take closer look at some of these recent projects from the Lanternland factory. A big thanks to everyone who put in extra time to keep the factory humming this month.

These Gatsby wall lights will soon be part of a new shopping center in the mid-west.

Gatsby Wall Lights Await Finishing at Lanternland Factory Tour
Gatsby Wall Lights Await Finishing

All Lanternland products are made by hand in our Mesa, Arizona factory. Our guys are the best!


Sparks Are Flying At Lanternland!!!
Sparks Are Flying At Lanternland!!!

After construction each copper or brass lighting fixture is hand-finished with an all natural chemical process; no dye or paint. 

Extra Large Gatsby Wall Light and Portland Lantern Heading To The Finishing Room
Extra Large Gatsby Wall Light and Portland Lantern
Heading To The Finishing Room

Gatsby Wall Lights
Gatsby Wall Lights

These large Portland lanterns will soon be part of a new housing development in the Phoenix area. Can't wait to see them in action!


Group Of Custom Portland Lanterns For Housing Project
Group Of Custom Portland Lanterns For Housing Project

Our large factory in Mesa, Arizona allows use to accomodate almost any type of custom orders. You dream it, we build it. Try getting that at Home Depot!


Custom Portland Lantern - Close Up
Custom Portland Lantern - Close Up

 Our lighting is created entirely by hand by talented artisans who take great pride in their work. Their craftsmanship are at the heart of every Lanternland lantern and lighting fixture.

Factory Worker Welds Custom Fixture at Lanternland
Factory Worker Welds Custom Fixture at Lanternland
Here is  sneak peek of a new design for our Colonial Style Star Lanterns. These will soon be available on Lanternland.com in limited edition. Get 'em while they last!

Star Lantern Detail


Star Lantern - Sneak Peak!!
       




Monday, September 30, 2013

Portrait Of A Metal Worker

This short profile film on Nicholas DiChiara is the second of a series of three mini-documentaries undertaken by filmmaker  Eliu Cornielle  as personal project. Nicholas is a talented metal artist from Philadelphia, from his small shop in Fishtown he makes beautiful custom made furniture, sculptures and stylish lighting fixtures designed and built with a modern industrial look. Cornielle shows what life is like for someone who makes a living off of building things with his hands. Sparks fly, metal gets shaped, wood gets sanded and lovely industrial designs get created.


Please support these local artists:

DiChiara Metal Art
Phone: 908.892.4835
facebook.com/dichiara.metal.art

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Eliu Cornielle is a freelance filmmaker from Philadelphia and founder of
EC MEDIA STUDIO a creative initiative based out of Philadelphia.
Their passion is creating films that tell clients stories in innovative and beautiful ways.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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Lanternland Is Featured in the Thousand Fish Newsletter "The Catch Up"

Huge thanks to Thousand Fish for featuring Lanternland Home Lighting in their new newsletter "The Catch Up". Thousand Fish is a social property network that allows property professionals to network with each other and reach out to a global property interested audience. Join free at  www.thousandfish.net/sign-up.


Thousand Fish - The Catch Up Newsletter

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

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9/11 : Remember, Reflect, Renew



It is hard to believe that it has been more than 10 years since the day that changed the world. No American who lived through the events of Sept. 11, 2001 will ever forgot the emotions of that day.



Today we take a few minutes to pause and remember those who lost their lives, reflect on the changes that have shaped our world since that day and think about ways to renew our commitment to securing freedom for ourselves and generations to come.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

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Best Of Dwell On Design 2013: Home Lighting & Light Fixtures

There was no shortage of great lighting available at the recent Dwell On Design 2013 show in Los Angeles from June 22-24. Most of the lighting there reflected the current steam punk and modern lighting trends. Here are some of our favorites.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

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Bring The Bling!
How to make your home shine with crystal lighting

By Lighting Designer Chris West of Pentimento Lighting

Making life better with a little bling is known in the fashion world as standard operating procedure. But did you know your home can have the same effect by adding little touches that can provide impact? After all, fashion and interior design are symbiotic arts.

Forte Chandelier By Pentimento Lighting

One has to realize that the eye is attracted to light not darkness. Placing high chroma in an environment reflects more light and draws attention. The same thought works for enhancing your light fixtures. It seems an obvious choice that lighting will be the most dominant attraction in a room. But the actual light effect in the fixture can be enhanced with a few tricks of the trade.

Tradition has always placed crystal or reflective items around light sources. When all interior lighting was with candles, adding faceted prisms or placing the candle in front of a mirror amplified the lighting of the candle flame. This design process took hold and chandeliers, sconces and light stands all adopted crystals to reflect as much light as possible, even in the electrified age. This custom is now a design element, one that I work with on a day to day basis.

Alto Chandelier by Pentimento Lighting

 
Putting a light source inside or beside a reflective or prismatic item magnifies the quality of the light and applies different properties to the light effect. Faceted crystal pendants will split the light into the light spectrum and fill your interior with the myriad colors of the rainbow. This can produce some amazing design possibilities for those of us in the lighting industry. With an array of crystal products on the market today, I can design for traditional lighting environments using faceted pendalogues, crystal spikes and rock crystal. Contemporary lighting is also using “bling” lighting elements to warm up an otherwise sterile environment. The juxtaposition of traditional elements in the modern environment adds a touch of whimsy. It also ensures that the lighting element be perceived as a design element and not just a source for brightening the room.


Adding crystals to a fixture can be simple. Attaching a cut glass element with pinnings to an existing fixture is an easy fix. But designing a fixture that will have the light source and the crystal element work to together to provide the most dazzle is an art if not a science. Developing a fixture to hold as many as 300 teardrop crystals for a contemporary dining chandelier requires enough structural integrity to keep the entire chandelier from crashing down on the dinner party. Weight is an issue and needs to be considered in the actual structural support that mounts the fixture. It is not unprecedented for structural enhancement to occur in a home or office to accommodate the weight of the lighting fixture when hung with oodles of crystal.


Crystal has an almost palpable effect on the senses. It can resemble diamonds and will elicit the same response in the viewer. There is something magical about light in the matrix of glass that mesmerizes and transfixes the onlooker. Captivated by the colors, one never tires at looking as a Strass crystal chandelier. Since glass is unique in that it can be colored and it will not fade, the array of possibilities for the actual fixture to compliment a color scheme in a room makes crystal lighting unique in the design world.

Through time immemorial the effects of light still make us wonder. Cleopatra realized these possibilities and had triangles of light projected with candles and mirrors onto the wall of her bedchamber. She was able to conquer Rome. The same dazzling effect can help you conquer your world from the confines of your bedchamber with just a little bling.

Chris West pf Pentimento Lighting
Chris West has returned to Pentimento after pursuing various design endeavors. With a BFA in Graphic Design, Mr. West originally started with the Pentimento team in 1983 in their first lighting company in Scottsdale. He then left Arizona to pursue advertising, 3-D design, branding and packaging. As an internationally published designer, and after running a global packaging design company, Mr. West has returned to brand and develop new products with fresh inspiration for Pentimento. Now located in Mesa, Chris meets with designers in the early stages of a new project to listen to your ideas, learn about your project, and capture your vision to bring it to fruition. With a knowledge of manufacturing capabilities and a distinct vision on lighting in your environment, Chris produces unique and budget conscious solutions to your lighting projects. Chris can be contacted at chris@pentimentoinc.com or


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

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The Pomegranate Lantern: Now In Season!


The Pomegranate Iron Lantern by Lanternland



Inspired by nature, The Pomegranate Lantern represents something new from Lanternland: A fusion of iron and color. The graceful shape, deep red color and flared top of the Pomegrante Lantern combine to capture the spirit of this timeless fruit prized since antiquity.Constructed from solid wrought iron with a painted finish, The Pomegranate Lantern will add style to your home for generations to come.

The Pomegranate has a long and rich history. Learn more below. 

Saturday, March 30, 2013

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5 Ways To Increase Your Home's Curb Appeal With Brass And Copper Accents

Adding brass and copper accents is one sure fire way to dramatically increase the curb appeal of your home. The classic look of brass and copper pairs well with traditional and colonial style homes but can work with more modern designs. Because they will never rust or corrode, brass and copper accents are ideal for out door use and will generally last for decades. Here are a few of our favorite brass and copper accents to consider adding to your home.



Smith & Hawken Copper Window Box

Smith & Hawken Copper Window Box




Window boxes are a very way to add curb appeal to your home. Just add some of your favorite flowers and set them in place. These copper window boxes from Smith & Hawken were inspired by the garden town of Eden Park, south of London. Available in several sizes, you can find them at here.




Sweep Copper Awning by Outdoor Copper Products

Sweep Copper Awning by Outdoor Copper Products




The Sweep Copper Awning by Outdoor Copper Design can be customized to suit your home. Each of their copper awnings is handcrafted from high quality pure sheet copper. They can also create other copper and brass accents such as chimney caps and gutters. Check them out here.



Riveted Post Mount Copper Mailbox by Maycreek

Riveted Post Mount Copper Mailbox by Maycreek



This traditional post mount mailbox features an Antique Copper finish with Brass bands and rivets. This classic mailbox pairs well with country, colonial and traditional style homes. Handcrafted from twenty-four gauge copper, this mailbox has major curb appeal. This mail box can be found here.



Copper Craftsman House Number Tiles by Mission Metalworks

Copper Craftsman House Number Tiles by Mission Metalworks



The final two items on our list add not only curb appeal to your home but also increase the safety of your home. By adding clearly visible house numbers to your home you make sure that rescue works can easily find your home in case of an emergency. While there are many options for different styles of house numbers we like these Copper Craftsman House Number Tiles by Mission Metalworks. Check them out here or do a google image search to find some that match your homes style.


Hampton Post Lantern by Lanternland

Hampton Post Lantern by Lanternland

The last item on our list is one of our own, the Hampton Post Lantern. Classic copper and brass outdoor lighting will boost the curb appeal of your home while adding safety and security. When the exterior of your home is well lit, the chance of your property being burglarized dramatically decreases. Crime Prevention Specialist Deputy Travis Pendell of the Spokane County Sheriff's Office says constant lighting around your property is essential in keeping would-be thieves away.  He recommends ‘the headline test' to determine if your outdoor area is lit well enough. Carry a newspaper around your property at night - if you can't read the headline, that area of your property is too dark. Take a look at the Hampton Post Lantern here

Have your own favorite brass and copper accents to increase your homes curb appeal? We'd love to hear your ideas!


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Saturday, March 23, 2013

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Earth Hour: Symbolic Action or Empty Gesture?

At 8:30 local time millions of people all over the world will shut off their lights for an hour in support of Earth Hour. Earth Hour was created six years ago in Australia as "a way for citizens to show their desire for action on climate change and their willingness to be part of that process" according to Andy Ridley Executive Director of Earth Hour.





While Earth Hour certainly seems to have the best of intentions, there are also many outspoken critics of Earth Hour who feel that it is not only a meaning less gesture but may actually increase energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. According to Prof. Bjorn Lomborg, author of The Skeptical Environmentalist, ""Earth Hour teaches us that tackling global warming is easy. Yet, by switching off the lights, all we are doing is making it harder to see." He goes on to say "And the cozy candles that many participants will light, which seem so natural and environmentally friendly, are still fossil fuels -- and almost 100 times less efficient than incandescent light bulbs. Using one candle for each switched-off bulb cancels out even the theoretical CO2 reduction; using two candles means that you emit more CO2."

In response to these charges Ridley says "How much energy does it save? I genuinely have no idea -- and more importantly, that genuinely isn't the point." "Earth Hour does not purport to be an energy [or] carbon reduction exercise, it is a symbolic action," says Keya Chatterjee, director of international climate policy with WWF. Ridley goes on to say "How could one hour in any way be enough?". Lomborg's counters by saying "Global warming is a real problem, but Earth Hour is not the answer. Taken to its logical conclusion, if switching the lights off for one hour is a good idea, why not for all the other 8,759 hours of the year?"

Earth Hour, good, bad or indifferent? Where do you stand?

Information from this blog entry came from these sources:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andy-ridley/earth-hour-one-hour-is_b_2923430.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tom-zeller-jr/earth-hour-waste_b_2928892.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/blog/2013/mar/22/earth-hour-switch-off-lights

You can find the official home page of Earth Hour here:

http://www.earthhour.org/


 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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5 Light Fixtures That Double As Planters


One of our favorite recent green designs trends is light fixtures that double as planters. These light fixture / planters provide combine the healthful benefits of good lighting and foliage. The plants absorb carbon dioxide and emit oxygen while using the light emitted by the fixture to nurture growth. According to the International Association of Lighting Designers, new studies show the quality of light affects people in many different ways. For example, office worker satisfaction and productivity can be positively affected by well-designed illumination.  It  also contributes greatly to people's general sense of well-being.

Start spreading the good feelings with a few of these fun fixtures. Here are a few of our favorites...

The Green Lamp by Siesta

The Green Lamp by Siesta is a unique combination of lamp and flower pot, where you can plant whatever you want. It is handmade and changes as the plant grows. See it here: http://www.siestastudio.com.


The Sky Planter by Boskee & Plumen

The Sky Planter by Boskee & Plumen feature the unique energy saving Plumen bulb. Installed at Old Shoreditch Station in London, these hanging planters allow the plants to hang and mingle organically with the fixture. See more here: http://plumen.com/1205/plumen-boskkes-skyplanter


The Flora Chadelier by Gumdesign

The Flora Chadelier by Gumdesign. This unique fixture created for Italian company TrediciDesign from metal and glass, features a bulb that projects the light down to the centerpiece. The illumination produced lights the interior space and provides lighting for the growth of the plant. Each branch of the chandelier ends in a glass pot to hold the plant of your choice. See it here: http://www.tredicidesign.it/template.php?pag=44353


Green Lamp by Romolo Stanco


The Green Lamp by Romolo Stanco is truly unique, even among these hybrid light / planters. First it is made from Arboform, a “liquid wood” mostly consisting of lignin (an organic polymer) that can be thermoformed, foamed, or molded into any shape. Secondly, The LED lamp is apparently driven by harnessing the energy generated by the plant during photosynthesis and requires no external power. Read more here: http://www.e-junkie.info/2011/09/product-of-week-green-lantern-worlds.html

Babylon by Ryan Taylor

The Babylon light fixture by Toronto based designer Ryan Taylor is designed to be a part of everyday life. "Made of aluminum with a powder coated finish, it can be used as an organic centre piece or a working herb garden over the kitchen counter." says Taylor. We think this fun fixture would work will in a variety of spaces from modern to rustic. See more here: http://oniprojects.com/#0


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The Saving Of The Green: Save 10% on any light with our fabulous Verdi Green finish

St. Patrick's Day Newsletter

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 Save 10% on any light with our fabulous Verdi Green finish

With St. Patrick's Day right around the corner and the beginning of spring right behind it, our thoughts have turned to green. Right now we are offering 10% off any our handcrafted lighting products with our fabulous Verdi Green finish. You don't even have to be Irish, just enter coupon code LLSPD10 at checkout and you will receive 10% off any fixture with our Verdi Green finish through March 31, 2013.

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Monday, March 11, 2013

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Time To Spring Forward? Not In Arizona...

Daylight Savings began this weekend for most of the United Sates. However, here in Arizona we are one of only two states, along with Hawaii, that do not observe daylight savings time. According to an Arizona Republic editorial in 1969, the reasoning behind not springing forward was due to the heat. "The above data [sunrise and sunset times and average temperatures during the summer months from the U.S. Weather Bureau] clearly show that we must wait until about 9 p.m. DST to start any night-time activity such as drive-in movies, moonlight rides, convincing little children it's bedtime, etc. And it's still hot as blazes!"




Did you know that the concept of Daylight Savings was first proposed in 1784 by Ben Franklin in an essay titled "The Economical Project." Modern Daylight Savings was first proposed by the New Zealand entomologist George Vernon Hudson. The plan was not formally adopted in the U.S. until 1918. After the World War I ended, the law proved so unpopular (mostly because people rose earlier and went to bed earlier than people do today) that it was repealed in 1919. During World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt instituted year-round Daylight Saving Time, called "War Time," from February 9, 1942 to September 30, 1945. From 1945 to 1966, there was no federal law regarding Daylight Saving Time, so states  were free to choose whether or not to observe DST. The Uniform Time Act of 1966, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson, created Daylight Saving Time. Any State that wanted to be exempt from Daylight Saving Time could do so by passing a state law.


Friday, March 8, 2013

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Baseball Is Back! Arizona Spring Training 2013

Greetings From Spring Training


March means the return of Major League Baseball Spring Training to the Cactus League in Arizona. Every year tens of thousands of baseball fans travel to the Valley of the Sun to experience major league baseball in the most intimate of settings. The players are often more relaxed will interact with the fans more than at any other time of the season. If you are a baseball fan and haven't been, put it on your bucket list.

This year 15 teams will be holding spring training in Arizona including the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants. The full line-up can be seen below.

Arizona Spring Training  2013


Check out http://springtrainingonline.com for all the latest info. 

Planning to attend? Come on by for a tour of our factory to get a behind the scenes look at how we create our handcrafted lighting.  

Who do think will win it all this year? Will the Giants win it all again or will we have a new champ? 
 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

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Hold The Pickle, Hold The Lettuce…

Hold The Pickle, Hold The Lettuce… At Lanternland our standard designs are just the beginning. We like to refer to our designs as “Lighting Templates” since each customer has the option to customize each fixture to their specific design needs. Whether you create your own design, reproduce a classic or modify one of ours, all Lanternland lighting is made-to-order to give it the TLC that makes every Lanternland fixture an heirloom quality piece. Manufactured in our factory in rugged Mesa, Arizona and designed to last for decades, each fixture is made to your specifications and will be unique to your site and location. 

Custom Lanterns Await Finishing

Custom Brackets

Friday, February 15, 2013

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Test Tube Chandeliers by Pani Jurek

Lanternland loves this collection of Test Tube Chandeliers by Pani Jurek. 
See more here. http://bit.ly/Y8M3ew



Thursday, February 14, 2013

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Crazy or Cool?: Star Wars Valentine’s Cards



Would your Valentine love you or leave you if you gave them this Star Wars themed Valentine by PJ McQuade?