There are so many good reasons to live by the ocean, you hate to even consider that there may be a downside. But one reality of living near the sea is the persistent salt air. Even before you can see the water, you can smell that delightful tang on the breeze. Yet salt air can also wreak havoc on exterior furnishings and fixtures. Eric lives in Gleneden Beach, Oregon, and recently had to replace an old nautical bulkhead light on his garage that had seen better days.
“Even though it was ‘nautical’ the paint was chipping off and the finish was badly corroded,” Eric explains. “I actually had to break the old fixture apart to get it off the wall to install the new one because the screws had corroded so badly.” Eric chose the 15″ Goodrich™ Bomber Porcelain Gooseneck Light as a replacement fixture. He customized his new American made light with a brilliant Cobalt Blue finish and a G14 gooseneck arm in a Brushed Aluminum finish.
“We have a beachy feel for our home but it’s also mid-century modern architecture so we envisioned an industrial, retro look for this area,” Eric says. “Our garage is quite dominant so we needed a good designer light to make a statement on that large white space as seen from the curb.”
Porcelain enamel is one of the few finishes on the market today that can handle just about anything Mother Nature throws at it. Crafted from commercial grade steel then covered with two coats of porcelain enamel glass, the shade is baked in a special oven reaching temperatures up to 1,600 degrees which seals that glass coating for a high-gloss, tough-as-nails finish.
“It was important that the light was made in the USA and, with the materials used to make the light, it should stand up well in our harsh, salty climate,” Eric notes. “The cobalt blue on the shade fit the beach look and the aluminum arm sets off the blue shade and looks very retro.” And with its wide shade, the Bomber provides plenty of light over the garage.
“We were especially excited how this particular fixture casts light on the garage and siding at night,” Eric says. “The light it casts at night is stunning, and during the day, it makes a creative statement while not being too overbearing.”
Photos courtesy of the homeowner