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

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Lanternland creates Dark Sky compliant handmade copper lanterns and custom outdoor lighting made in USA


New Dark Sky lighting regulations have created a dilemma for experienced homeowners, designers and builders who need high quality copper lanterns and custom outdoor lighting that meets Dark Sky requirements. Lanternland solves this problem by creating Dark Sky compliant handmade copper lanterns & outdoor lighting.

Gatsby Copper Wall Mount Barn Light: Light source is
hidden is hood making this fixture Dark Sky compliant.


Experienced homeowners and design professionals know the importance of high quality outdoor lighting to both enhance curb appeal and increase safety. However until now, the options for high quality Dark Sky compliant lighting have been extremely limited. Most Dark Sky lighting that is commonly available is generic, imported, big box store lighting not suitable for historic homes or high end residences. 

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Why Dark Sky ??


The Dark Sky movement began with astronomers alarmed with the effects of light pollution and has spread worldwide. Today many communities around the world require outdoor lighting to meet Dark Sky requirements.  Environmentally conscious homeowners often choose Dark Sky lighting to reduce the effects of light pollution, increase the ability to see stars and to cut energy costs.

How do I know if my lighting meets Dark Sky requirements?

Dark Sky lighting should meet the following requirements:


  •      Only be on when needed
  •      Only light the area that needs it
  •      Be no brighter than necessary
  •      Minimize blue light emissions
  •      Be fully shielded (bulb hidden inside the fixture)



However, Dark Sky regulations do vary in different areas so it is always best to consult your local requirements if in doubt. You can get more information from the International Dark-Sky Association.

Keene Wall Light - Standard Version:   Bulbs are visible and face up.

Keene Wall Light - Standard Version

Bulbs are visible and
face up. 

Keene Wall Light - Dark Sky Version:   The sockets have been replaced with a single socket in the roof, bulb is now hidden in roof

Keene Wall Light - Dark Sky Version: 

The sockets have been replaced with a single socket in the roof, bulb is now hidden in roof

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How does
Lanternland convert lanterns to meet Dark Sky regulations?

Most often we remove any visible sockets and replace them with a single 60W Medium Base socket in the roof of the lantern.  The socket is placed deep enough so that bulb is recessed into the hood of the lantern and is not seen. 

An example Dark Sky Lantern Conversion: Waylon Bracket Mount Lantern 



Standard Version Waylon Wall Light: Bulbs are visible and face up.

Waylon Wall Light - Standard Version

Bulbs are visible and
face up. 

Dark Sky lighting complaint Waylon Wall Light: The sockets have been replaced with a single socket in roof, bulb now hidden in roof.

Waylon Wall Light - Dark Sky Version

The sockets have been replaced with a single socket in the roof, bulb is now hidden in roof.

   

Other options for creating Dark Sky complaint lanterns and outdoor copper lighting include the use of a built-in LED light source and design changes to shield the light source.


  Dark Sky compliant Blake Copper Wall Sconce with built in LED light source.

Dark Sky compliant 

Blake Copper Lantern Wall Sconce with

built in LED light source


Contact Lanternland today. Let our design team help you find the best Dark Sky compliant lighting solution for your home or project.

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