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We have been enjoying the balmy evenings on the terrace at Lamberson this summer, but we can barely see our food, let alone each other! The existing down soffit lighting is simply not adequate to reach the dining area. (Our dining table is usually located toward the furthest corner of the terrace, which affords the best views and cooling breezes.) I'm considering connecting string globe lighting from the soffit to a branch on the honey locust tree which hangs above. I'm sure it will work fine, but am wondering if I'm overlooking a better (and possibly more Wrightian) solution? Did Wright wine and dine outdoors at the Taliesins?
https://www.amazon.com/Ambiance-Frosted ... able+light
https://www.amazon.com/Tiffany-Style-Ou ... AW12MJM9JQ
Now, for something a bit . . . less . . . expensive:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B013MC5AES/re ... B018RNSVLG
Modern seems hard to come by, in this category.
http://connect.voltlighting.com/t/l?ssi ... BIYY-dry5Q
I wonder if a solar-powered version of this idea is possible. A ground based collector, somewhere on the lawn beyond the tree, might be less costly than a completely concealed underground service from the house ? It could potentially power other tree-mounted lighting near the house. With LED lamps the power requirements must be quite low, now ?
Wiring the terrace for lighting seems unnecessary, and ultimately problematic, what with all the weather Iowa gets. Battery-operated lights or shielded candles would be better, paper sacks with turned down edges, a handful of sand and candles. They could be stored inside, and taken out for canoodling at dusk. Scented candles could give you a comforting aroma of bayberry wafting gently in the breeze.
Or try small LED flashlights that can stand on end along the terrace wall, covered by standard 6 to 8" globes that can be found at any hardware store.
So a transformer needs to be mounted and cable run. I bet someone even makes a triangle shaped path light that would be perfect around Lamberson. Now I'm going to have to look.
I also like Roderick's idea of using flashlights and globes.
I definitely wouldn't be happy with the fake Wrightian table lamps.
So far I have not found any solar LED lights that are warm. They may be out there or coming. One issue with having them be solar is that they are not very bright so they will last. I have seen rechargeable lanterns, those are bright enough to be useful. Of course all of them will be Home Depot Tuscan taste wise. It's possible someone makes some in a more traditional railroad lantern shape. Also, an old kerosene lamp would work. For use in just the summer months, a light string would probably be fine. But those should have guy wire so there is no stress on the cord. And you are going to have to put a hook or eye into the side (or under the eve) of a collectible house.
I was just hoping that Peter wouldn't have to have a hole drilled into the brick wall, sub-grade, joining another drilled through the slab, into maybe the living room, using an receptacle there, and maybe a remote-operated outlet switch (those are common) . . .
Happy warm summer nights in the midwest. Aaaah . . .
This is very nice, and price accordingly,
http://www.ylighting.com/smart-and-gree ... oCar_w_wcB
Here's a little table lamp,
http://www.designpublic.com/fatboy-edis ... h+-+fatboy
These folks have stuff to go with the previous owner's decor,
Here is what I mean by flickering flat flame led candles,
http://www.target.com/p/action-flame-le ... lsrc=aw.ds
Of course having an umbrella would add some other possibilities.
I used this search term: rechargeable patio lights
To help weed out the camping stuff. There is more, including a cheaper version of the first link.