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Exterior Post Lanterns On A Budget

 Exterior Post Lanterns

Add a touch of sophistication and grandeur with a pair of outdoor post lights at an entrance of a home or driveway. Exterior post lanterns  not only make a bold statement, they also enhance the beauty of any residence while providing years of maintenance free illumination.

If you’re on  a budget (and who isn’t these days) you can easily do some minor upgrades to your current exterior lighting that won’t break the bank, are relatively easy DIY projects, give you a high-end look and save you money.

For this project, we replaced the original post lanterns with new Hampton Bay Exterior Post Lanterns that we found on sale at a local home supply store.

3 Philips Duramax Blunt Tip Clear 40 watt bulbs were installed into each of these exterior lanterns.

We kept the original 6 foot aluminum posts but painted them with Tremclad metal rust paint, in a black matte finish to match the finish on the lanterns. 2 Coats of paint were needed to cover the original white paint.

Project completion time from beginning to end took about 2.5 hours. Materials and supplies  to complete this project-$120.00.


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Photos courtesy of: Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services

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Interior Lighting Tips

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Having some problems seeing the light? Here’s a quick lesson in fixtures, kinds of bulbs and lamps that will help shed some light!

 Ask yourself this question? “What Kind of Lighting Does Each Room Require?”

RULE #1.   You should have a mix of light sources at different levels to create a flattering ambience.

Rule   #2.  You will need appropriate task lighting for whatever you do in that space (reading, cooking, dressing)

Here tips for 5 key spots to keep in mind to help you get the perfect look for every room in your home.

The Living Room

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Light three of the four corners, focusing one of those lights on an object (art, a beautiful plant, a striking chair). Use a combination of table lamps and floor lamps, some with a downward glow and some that shine upward. Allow for reading in as many seats as possible with down-glowing lamps on three-way switches. If you have an overhead fixture, put it on a dimmer

The Dining Room

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To get the attention of drawing  people into the dining area,  focus on making the table the brightest spot in the room. Using a chandelier or a pendant above the table, limiting the total wattage to 100 are just a few great choices.  For other areas in the room, indirect lighting is best choice as it’s relaxing and flattering.  Giving the  space a subtle glow with a pair of small table lamps on a sideboard or matching sconces on the wall above.  Try using battery-powered votive inside a glass-front china cabinet is  a nice touch.

The Kitchen

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Focus on overhead lighting  connected to a dimmer that you can crank up when cooking, and add lower sources to illuminate work surfaces. Use pendants, under-cabinet lights. ).

The Bedroom

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To achieve an  cozy atmosphere, place scones or reading lamps by the bed keeping them  in positions pointed directly at the bed. For recessed or track fixtures try angling  them away from the bed and more toward the dressing area. Small intimate tinted lamps on low-wattage bulbs to mimic candle light is a great option for low tables in the room.

The Bathroom

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The best choice for applying makeup is sidelights, such as a pair of sconces flanking the mirror. An overhead light helps fill in any shadows on your face and also fully illuminates the room (important when cleaning). In a large space, you might also want a light directly over the shower.


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Holiday Lighting Tips

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Weather you choose to decorate your home  for the holiday season with indoor or outdoor lighting or both,  please remember to put SAFETY FIRST.

A suggestion to save some energy $$$ on your “HOLIDAY” electric bill this year, consider using less lights when decorating your home.

Inspection of all lights and extension cords BEFORE, creating a BRILLIANT MASTER SHOW PIECE LIGHTING SHOW for the family and neighbours to enjoy this year, will not only save you the hassle of replacing any damaged bulbs or  extension cords, it’s putting safety first.

Choose decorating lighting that is marked by a recognized certification agency or regulatory body such as CSA or ULC.

Indoor and Outdoor lights sold in Canada are clearly marked for what their intended uses are. Follow electrical product ratings for either indoor or outdoor use and wattage. Always practise caution and safety.

Always read and follow the manufacturers instructions and guidelines for stringing light sets together. As a general rule, string no more than three standard size sets of lights together.

WARNING!!!  Never overload any extension cords  or electrical receptacles.

Practice Safety! Always unplug all  holiday lighting when you go to bed or leave your home.

Consider purchasing and using automatic lighting timers for both indoor and outdoor to ensure your lights are not left on.

As a safety precaution, electrical cords should never be run through windows, door openings or under carpeting. Roll up excess electrical cords and keep safely away from high traffic areas and pets. Secure cords to prevent them from being pulled or tripped over and NEVER USE A STAPLER to secure them.

WARNING!!!  Extension cords should never kept plugged in when not it use.

Before replacing a light bulb, confirm with the manufacturer that the replacement bulb is equal or of lesser wattage.

Remember to ALWAYS PRACTISE SAFETY FIRST and you and your loved ones will enjoy another Wonderful Holiday together this year.

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