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Lighting for Outdoor Spaces Around Log Homes

Log Home Living | by: Clare Martin Recycled Glass Votive Lanterns Solar-Powered Lanterns Waterproof LED Lights It's one of the unspoken rules of summer that things don't really heat up until the sun's gone down. After all, who really feels like being festive when the glare of the afternoon sun is beating down on you? […]
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Log Home Living | by: Clare Martin

Recycled Glass Votive Lanterns Solar-Powered Lanterns Waterproof LED Lights

It's one of the unspoken rules of summer that things don't really heat up until the sun's gone down. After all, who really feels like being festive when the glare of the afternoon sun is beating down on you? Once night falls and those sultry breezes kick in, though, it's a whole different story.

To keep the party going well into the night, outdoor lighting is a must. Creating the perfect summer-evening atmosphere calls for dozens of smaller lights that give off a flirty flicker—think rows of tea lights or a string of lanterns. The best part? These pint-size luminaries don't cost very much (each of the options below clocks in at around $10), so you can devote more of your entertaining budget to the business of merry-making.

All Clear
Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best ones. Take West Elm's tiny votive lanterns, for example—they're composed of nothing more than a recycled glass jar, just big enough to hold a candle and encircled with a piece of wire for hanging or carrying. Yet it's precisely this unfussiness that conjures all of the simple pleasures of the season, from fresh breezes to clean, crisp sheets. String a couple of the mini lanterns from a tree branch or line them up along a deck railing, and you've got an instant summer classic. $9 each, or $24 for a set of three. Call 888-922-4119, or visit westelm.com.
Recycled Glass Votive Lanterns

Charged Up
Colorful paper lanterns have long been a favorite of mine for outdoor entertaining—they're super-cheap, and they look so festive floating amid the fireflies on a summer evening. This year, IKEA has given the classic paper lantern a much-needed upgrade by taking it solar. The cheery globes are embedded with energy-efficient LED lights powered by solar cells—they consume energy from the sun during the day, and turn on automatically when it gets dark outside. Cheap, colorful, low-maintenance and eco-friendly? Sounds like a winning combination to me. $9.99 each. Call 800-434-4532, or visit ikea-usa.com.
Solar-Powered Lanterns

Splish, Splash
If you have a pool, you already know that it's guaranteed to provide hours of enjoyment during the day. But what about after the sun goes down? Aside from the occasional moonlit swim, your pool can also pull double duty in creating atmosphere. That's where CB2's waterproof floating LED lights come in—scatter a few of these babies across a darkened expanse of water, and you've suddenly created an effect that mirrors the starry sky. (P.S. They've got a suction cup on the back, so when pool season's over, you can easily redistribute them inside the house.) $9.95 for a set of two. Call 800-606-6252, or visit cb2.com.
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  1. I’m looking for outdoor lighting on either side of my front door and between my single garages that are lodge/log cabin style. Can you help me?

    Leigh VaderJuly 22, 2013 @ 3:07 amReply



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