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Outdoor Garden Lanterns

Oil, kerosene, electric and candle lanterns are popular choices for lighting decks and patios. They can be hung, placed on tables and railings and are available to suit any traditional, contemporary or historical architectural style.

But good landscape lighting design depends on a lot more than just the look of the fixtures themselves. The quality, intensity and color of the light has a huge effect on the look and ambience of your patio at night. So, for a cozy, romantic atmosphere, leave it to the soft, warm effect of a natural flame.

Electric lanterns are probably the cheapest to run and the most reliable, except of course during a blackout. There are some beautifully designed pieces available, which replicate the style of traditional oil or kerosene lamps, and are very popular as outdoor lighting fixtures.

Picture of a candle lanternon a wood table.Oil and kerosene lanterns radiate an attractive natural flame, and fuels are very easy to obtain. Lanterns are made out of number of materials including painted or chrome plated steel, aluminum, and brass--an attractive option the most resistant to rust.

The great advantage of having a few naturally fueled lanterns handy is that you have an emergency light source during a blackout. Oil and kerosene lanterns are particularly useful in case of an extended blackout, as it is easy to store supplies of fuel.

Candle lanterns are also very economical, have the most natural, glowing flame, and radiate warmth as well as light. Candle lanterns don’t make an unpleasant noise, which can be a problem with other types of lanterns. The more advanced candle lanterns are designed to burn very clean, and for an extended period of time.

Colorful Chinese Lanterns, Silk lanterns and Party Lights for Chinese New Year

Picture of red hanging Chinese paper lanterns.If you’re looking for some imaginative party lights ideas for your next outdoor get together or celebration, a quick search online will give you plenty of inspiration. Chinese lanterns and silk lanterns are a must for Chinese New Year, and they also make wonderful party lights for an elegant Asian inspired party decor.

Cultural celebrations such as Chinese New Year, or Yuanxiao Jie, which is also a kind of Chinese Valentine’s day, and the mid-Autumn festival, have a long and fascinating history. Making and displaying Chinese lanterns is an integral part of the tradition. More

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