Outdoor lighting ideas for terrace?

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Roderick Grant
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"The Lantern Bearers" is one of my favorite paintings by Maxfield Parrish, an underrated artist.

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How about an armada of trained fireflies ? If you can't find trained ones, they could be leashed . . .

Man, we're cookin' today.

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If you play The Doors' "Light My Fire," all the fireflies in the neighborhood will congregate and light up. You may actually have to lower the volume so the fly light won't be too intense.

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Ha!

The Maxfield Parrish lanterns idea would be perfect, Asian globes suspended randomly from the honey locust tree above. There are solar lamps with nylon shades that look quite similar, but the led light is so blueish white, I'm afraid to try that, plus I've read that they put out very little light.

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Would the tint of the globe or shade mitigate the cool LED color temperature ?

Ivory rice paper, for instance. Artificially aged Noguchi globes, or their plastic equivalent ?

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I love that Parrish

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and will throw in a Sargeant and some de la Tour

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Post by peterm »

Sublime paintings, indeed...

Too white, but I do like the black top and bottom of these solar lanterns:
http://m.homedepot.com/p/Pure-Garden-4- ... /206116642

"Maxfield Parrish yellow":
http://www.japanesestyle.com/yellow-solar-lantern

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Post by SDR »

Too yellow, and you and the Mrs will look like the Simpsons . . .?


I wonder what these are like. You'd have to buy ten, apparently. They're waterproof and battery powered, meant to float (?) but could be hung. The colors are switchable (by remote, no less) and that cream white is promising.

http://sdrdesign.com/lightglobes.jpg

https://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/ ... 81861.html

I've never bought from Alibaba . . .

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Post by Audrey »

Two bedrooms and the studio at the Goetsch-Winckler open into the lanai. Turning on all three table lamps in the large bedroom at the north end of the house casts a pleasant glow into the furthest end of the lanai where we sometimes sit in the early evening. We think a bug repelling candle on the table keeps the mosquitoes at bay although in reality it's Orkin Pest Control.

Can't tell from your photo if the glow from interior lighting would work for you. Bare bulb light strings always feel like a party, so I say go with that while you hunt for the perfect solution.

Back to your original question about outdoor parties at either Taliesin, are there any archived photos of evening gatherings when FLW was in residence, or detailed description of the parties?

Finally, didn't Wright say the best lighting comes from nature? The post referencing "moon lighting" is an inspirational starting point.

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The end of the living room opens to the terrace. With the living room and exterior soffit lighting, some light is provided but not quite enough. I bought and installed some incandescent bulb string lighting:

http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/1/1/300 ... clear.html,

placed three LED flickering flameless wax candles on the table (thank you egads for the suggestion!):

http://www.target.com/p/white-4x8-led-p ... A-17433520.

and suspended a modernist hanging wrought iron candelabra I bought years ago in LA (now equipped with LED votive candles), from the underside of the cantilevered soffit:

http://www.target.com/p/threshold-4-pac ... A-14329800

I also just bought four LED solar lanterns which I will hang from branches in the honey locust tree above the terrace. (I'll try to figure out some way to "warm up" the bright white nylon shades, maybe experiment with some sort of stain...):

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Pure-Garden- ... /206116642

The string lighting alone is probably adequate for night visibility, but multiple sources wil make it a tad brighter, more even and festive.

Disclaimer: I'm using the fake candles because the Iowa breezes loves to snuff out the real ones, plus wax ends up all over the place.

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Post by SDR »

Dude -- too much going on ? Wouldn't it be great to have only one, or two, light sources, considering that each one has its own aesthetic signature ? If that's possible, of course. If one element is visible, and the others concealed, wouldn't that be ideal ?

I imagine you've considered all the possibilities . . .

Check your third link -- I don't think it shows the candelabra that you've hung from the soffit ?

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Just Options... What, you don't trust my taste? :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea:

The candelabra I referred to has always been in the same spot up against the brick pier but was rarely used. (Don't worry, it's not Liberace! More of a handcrafted fifties wrought iron thing...)

And the solar lights were so inexpensive, I thought I'd experiment a bit. They might end up in other spots in the garden, (or in the recycling bin...).

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Surely you've noticed that I don't trust anyone's taste but my own ? Well, I can't fault you for experimenting with enthusiasm . . . !

I feel so fortunate to be able to enjoy properties like yours, vicariously -- without, in other words, having to lift a finger. More power to those who have taken the plunge.

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Post by egads »

I'd be more concerned with the color of the light source in the hanging lanterns. Are they warm enough to look real? I think leaving them outside might be enough to change the shade color. Dirt & sun can do wonders.

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