No matter what part of the world you live in, the environment will play a role in the exterior lighting you choose. For our Canadian neighbors, brutal winters with snow and ice can wreak havoc on outdoor lighting.
In this country, ferocious winds in the Plains and oppressive humidity in the South are tough, but in coastal communities, that salt air we all love can rust out a cheap, imported fixture in no time flat.
Down in Galveston, Texas, Scott Merrell knows first-hand the effects of salt air on metal. When he took on an extensive remodeling project at his vacation home located on Galveston West Bay and just four blocks from the Gulf of Mexico, Scott researched lights for a long time before selecting fixtures he knew would last.
“I researched and researched the fixtures that I felt would work perfectly,” Scott says. “Honestly, the lights cost more than I wanted to spend, but I didn’t want to have to update them in two to four years because of rust so I spent the extra money.”
Scott purchased the house last summer and recently repainted the exterior, replaced the decking and rails, built an outdoor shower, and added a fence, sprinkler system, landscaping, and, of course, new lighting!
Scott was looking for functionality, aesthetics, quality, and durability. For that reason, he chose two porcelain enamel gooseneck lights and the marine grade finish on eight rustic sconces to stand strong against the salt air.
“I selected these fixtures because they seemed to fit my vision for a modern beach cabin,” Scott explains. “This house is incredible on the inside as well with floor-to-ceiling bead board. It has the feeling of a cabin but with a modern feel.”
To illuminate the deck stairs, Scott chose our Atomic Topless Double Industrial Guard Sconce with heavy duty cast guard and clear glass. This American made nautical style sconce offers twice the light with a wall-hugging profile.
For the deck, Scott stayed in the Rustic Wall Sconce family and selected three of the Streamline Industrial Guard Sconces, also in a marine grade Black finish. These fixtures were customized with heavy duty cast guard and ribbed glass to provide the perfect glow over quiet evenings on the deck.
Highlighting the back side of the building and the lower deck are two Goodrich® Dominion Porcelain Gooseneck Lights. Porcelain enamel is well known for its superior durability and will never fade in the sun or corrode even in harsh conditions. Hand spun from commercial grade steel, the shades are coated with three layers of porcelain enamel glass which is baked on to a high-gloss, tough-as-nails finish.
Scott customized his new porcelain barn lighting with a Cherry Red finish, a G15 gooseneck arm, cast guard and clear glass, and a dusk-to-dawn photocell to ensure that his new light will come on at dusk and go off at dawn automatically.
The Atomic Topless Streamline Industrial Guard Sconce helps light up the yard and lower deck at night while the Canal Street SoHo Sconce adds a splash of color to the second floor balcony. The SoHo sconce, customized in a Buttery Yellow finish, sports a sleek modern shade affixed to a rugged industrial pipe mounting.
“I felt these colors worked best with the blue house paint, the PVC coated mesh on the deck, and the gray Trex top rail,” Scott says. “I’m a closet designer so this was an exciting project to work on. My wife loves the house, but she’s definitely happy I’m finished so I can join her at the beach. But don’t tell her, I’m never really finished!”
Photos courtesy of the homeowner