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What is the best outdoor lighting for waterfront homes or homes in places that get a lot of rain?

One of the most common questions we get about outdoor lighting fixtures is "What is the best kind of lighting to use in waterfront homes and places that get a lot of rain?" 




Best outdoor lighting for waterfront homes

Wind, rain, and saltwater can destroy steel and aluminum lighting for waterfront homes quickly



Customer Amy D. asks...

"I need lamps for a very wet cool tropical area with lots of wind but near the ocean. Everything rusts or molds up here. I tried aluminum but the wind sandblasted the finish...so what do you recommend...and what finish?"



The Best Outdoor Lighting Fixtures for Waterfront Homes and Wet Locations are Made from Solid Copper and/or Brass


Most outdoor lighting is made from either aluminum, iron, or solid brass and copper. Of these, by far the best outdoor lighting fixtures for wet and waterfront locations are made from solid brass and copper.

Aluminum Outdoor Lighting Fixtures


The first option is lighting fixtures made from aluminum. Aluminum lighting will not rust but will corrode very quickly in waterfront locations and areas that get a lot of rain. Aluminum outdoor lighting typically uses painted or powder coated finishes noted the painted finishes which be sandblasted or begin to peel from excessive moisture. 

Customer Amy D says ..." I tried aluminum but the wind sandblasted the finish". For these reasons, aluminum outdoor lighting fixtures will not last long in waterfront and wet locations. They corrode and break quickly like the corroded broken light fixture below, often is less than 2 years.  


Aluminum Outdoor Lighting Fixtures Corrode Quickly
Aluminum Outdoor Lighting Fixtures Corrode Quickly


Iron & Steel Outdoor Lighting Fixtures


The second option, iron or steel lighting is not a good choice for waterfront or other wet locations. Outdoor lighting fixtures made of steel or iron will rust and corrode very quickly in wet, tropical, beachfront and waterfront locations. The rust and corrosion will then cause them to fall apart like an old car left out in the rain. This makes iron or steel a bad choice for waterfront locations and places that get a lot of rain.  


Iron and steel rust quickly in wet and waterfront locations
Iron and steel rust quickly in wet and waterfront locations


Steel and iron outdoor lighting typically uses painted or powder coated finishes. Painted and powder coated finishes will begin to peel, crack and flake quickly in wet and waterfront locations, often in less than 2 years. The sad little light below is a good example of broken, corroded iron or steel lighting fixture. Steel and iron lighting fixtures are not a good choice for wet locations. 



Iron outdoor lighting will rust, corrode and break
Iron outdoor lighting will rust, corrode and break



 Solid Brass & Copper Outdoor Lighting Fixtures


The third option, solid brass and/or copper lighting fixtures are the best outdoor lighting for wet, tropical, beachfront and waterfront locations. As sailors have known for thousands of years - brass and copper are non-ferrous metals. That means they contain no steel or iron. Becuase they are not made with iron or steel, they can never rust or corrode. This makes solid brass and/or copper lighting fixtures the best choice for use in wet, tropical, beachfront and waterfront location.

Solid copper and/or brass lighting often are created with natural 'living' finishes. These natural 'living' brass and copper finishes will never peel, crack or flake. These natural 'living' finishes are very different from painted or powder coated fishes. These waterproof, weatherproof, 'living' finishes develop a natural patina over time which protects brass and copper from the elements. These 'living' finish will also increase the beauty and value of your lighting fixtures over time. These heirloom pieces are designed to last for decades to come. Natural copper and brass finishes will not, peel, crack or flake. Natural 'living' brass and copper finishes are the best choices for outdoor lighting.


Brass & copper post light with a natural 'living' finish.

Brass & copper post light with a natural 'living' finish.
Natural copper & brass finishes will not rust or corrode in wet locations.

For wet, tropical, beachfront and waterfront location locations we suggest brass with a dark finish. The reason to choose brass over copper for wet, tropical, beachfront and waterfront locations is that brass is harder and stronger than copper. Copper is a soft metal. Copper will get pitted from being sandblasted by wind and rain over time. Brass offers the most protection from the elements both initially and in the long run.


Brass & copper outdoor lighting is the best choice for waterfront homes in wet, rainy places
Brass & copper outdoor lighting is the best choice for waterfront homes in wet, rainy places

The best outdoor lighting for waterfront homes and homes in places that get a lot of rain is solid brass & copper outdoor lighting


Most outdoor lighting is made from either aluminum, iron & steel, or brass & copper. The first option, aluminum lighting, will not rust but will corrode and break down quickly in wet locations. The first option, aluminum lighting, will rust and will also break down quickly in wet locations, beachfront locations and places that get a lot of rain or snow. The third option, solid brass, and copper will never rust, corrode or break down. This makes brass & copper outdoor lighting the best outdoor lighting for wet, tropical, beachfront locations, waterfront locations or any place that gets a lot of rain or snow.

Contact Lanternland or visit lanternland.com today to get find the best brass & copper outdoor lighting for your home.

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