Outdoor Light Fixtures with a Vintage Look
If you’re looking for outdoor light fixtures and want a classic vintage look you may find your answer here. Being fans of Edison bulbs and everything else vintage, we wanted to find options for outdoor light fixtures which kept up that old world feel. We looked through a few hundred fixtures and found those which were reasonably priced, had good customer reviews, and good construction quality. Hopefully we can save you some time by having done the legwork for you.
Wall Mounted Outdoor Light Fixtures
First up are the sconces. The first sconce we selected is from Kichler. Kichler has a great reputation and makes some really good looking light fixtures. This one, from their Barrie collection, has a look of timeless elegance. It’s a classic hexagonal shape, with glass panels forming a dome above the light. There is a fancy curve over the light which suggests the look of a lantern hanging from a bracket. This light is available in black and what they call “tannery bronze” which is a brown with a patina effect. This light can use up to a 100 watt bulb. It takes one standard (medium) base bulb. It’s 15.5” high and 8” wide. The fixture is made from cast aluminum, so it’s lightweight and can stand up to the elements without rusting. Also nice is that the bottom is open, so you don’t need to disassemble anything to replace the bulb.
The second sconce we picked out is known as an onion lantern. Onion lanterns get their name from having glass globes which are onion-shaped. This one has a “seedy glass” globe, which really adds to the rustic vintage look. It also has the appearance of being a lantern hanging on a bracket, although the light is fixed and not actually hanging. The manufacturer, Designers Fountain, calls the finish “rustique”. As you would expect, it’s a rusty-antiqued look. The globe is surrounded by a metal cage, which could also tie it in to nautical themes such as a boathouse light. We think it would look great anywhere.
There are 2 sizes available, one with a 7 inch globe and one with a 10 inch globe. The smaller one is 14.5” tall and extends 9” from the wall. The larger one is 17.5” tall and extends 12” from the wall. Both take a single medium base bulb, up to 100 watts.
Dark Sky Lighting Fixtures
Dark Sky is an initiative around the world to preserve the night sky. In short, if you’ve ever compared looking at the stars from the city to looking at the stars while camping in the middle of nowhere, then you know what the dark sky initiative is about. You can learn more about dark sky initiatives at http://darksky.org/. In some places, dark sky lighting is required by ordinance. In other places, people do it because they want to. The idea behind dark sky lighting fixtures is that they direct the light downward, and block it from going upward.
In addition to being dark sky friendly, these two light fixtures just plain look good. Both are from a manufacturer called Design House, made from formed steel, and come in an oil rubbed bronze finish. They each take one medium base bulb up to 60 watts.
The first is the larger of the two. It is 12” in diameter, 10.25” high, and extends 12.25” from the wall.
The second has a simpler look to it, resembling barn lighting or farmhouse lighting. It’s 11” high, 8 3/8” wide, and extends 10.5” from the wall.
Both of these lights are reasonably priced and get positive customer feedback. You can read more about these dark sky outdoor light fixtures here – the larger one (upper), and the smaller one (lower).
Pendant Outdoor Light Fixture
We wanted to include one pendant in the group. Pendant are good to use over the back patio or front porch if you have the height for it. This outdoor light fixture is actually a pendant version of the first sconce covered above, from Kichler. It has the same hexagonal shape topped by a glass paneled dome. The finial attaches to a chain from which to hand the pendant. It measures 13.5” high and 8” in diameter. It uses a single medium base bulb up to 100 watts. It’s available in the same finishes, black and tannery bronze. If you’re looking for an outdoor pendant, it’s a great choice. If you’re looking for outdoor sconces and pendants, then it makes sense to get both version of this great looking light and keep everything matched.
Streetlight Style Patio Light
One type of outdoor light fixture we ran across in our research was a floor standing light similar to a park light or old street light. We thought this would be a great option for the backyard. As we researched them, though, we discovered these types of replica lights still have some issues. Most of the issues are around quality. Since they need to be lightweight for shipping and inexpensive to make (and buy) they are made mostly from molded plastic parts, using metal only where structurally necessary. We didn’t think we were going to find one we could recommend. After some digging we found one which people seem to be generally happy with. If you’re looking for this type of outdoor light fixture, then this is the one we suggest.
The light stands at around 7 feet tall (85 inches actually). It has a 10 foot cord with a 3-prong plug to power it. It doesn’t need to be mounted anywhere, but the base is meant to be filled with sand so that it won’t blow over in a storm or be easily tipped over by pets, kids, adults, …whoever. Playground sand is readily available at your local home improvement store.
The lamp takes 4 medium base bulbs, up to 40 watts each. There is a 2-level dimming switch to adjust the brightness.
You can read all of the customer reviews and check the price on this outdoor light fixture here.
That wraps up our first take at finding reasonably priced outdoor light fixtures with a vintage or rustic look. We hope you found at least one which works for your needs.