Hot Ideas for Hot July Weather

School’s out for summer and we’re feeling hot, hot, hot! In this season of cookouts and BBQs, pool parties and patio lounging, it’s a great time to consider adding some exterior lighting or upgrading what you have.

Chances are you've spent lots of time and money making sure your outdoor living spaces reflect your style, but have you given much thought to outdoor lighting? Exterior lighting you love is an important compliment to your outdoor furniture and landscaping. Yet exterior lighting from big box stores can be cheaply made; it may only last a few seasons before it fills up with water, loses its pristine finish or falls apart altogether.

A great outdoor space takes a lot of work, so like landscaping, once you install your exterior lighting, you probably won't want to think about replacing it any time soon. The key to long-lasting, stylish and beautiful exterior lighting is to invest in quality manufacturing from a company that works with top designers like Barbara BarryDoyle CrosbyRoger Thomas and Sherry Williamson. Boyd Lighting’s exterior fixtures are made with top quality metal, superior manufacturing and are built to last a lifetime.

5 Hot Ideas for Hot July Weather

If your style is Asian or mid-century, take a look at the Premier series by Boyd's in-house designer, Doyle Crosby. The exterior Premier 4-Fin Lantern, Sconce and Pier/Post feature slightly tapered fins crafted in solid copper, nickel or aluminum and a softly etched glass diffuser. They are also available in five standard and 12 specialty powder coat options, or can be customized to color-match any scheme. The fixtures also work well with contemporary and transitional styles.

A pair of Premier 4-Fin Sconces flank the front door, and a Phantom Sconce lights the sitting area.

A pair of Premier 4-Fin Sconces flank the front door, and a Phantom Sconce lights the sitting area.

Premier 4-Fin Pier/Post

Premier 4-Fin Pier/Post

Fans of Mediterranean and southwestern décor will love the exterior Marrakesh Sconce in one of two sizes (26" and 35"). This vaguely Moroccan sconce uses either halogen or highly efficient LED lamping. It is available in five standard and 12 specialty powder coat options, or it can be color-matched to any scheme. This fixture also works well with transitional styles.

For architectural, industrial and contemporary styles, we suggest the rectangular Mirage and Phantom Sconces by Sherry Williamson of Brayton Hughes Design. The Mirage Sconce features a stainless steel mirrored inside back panel and glass-less open sides and floor for maintenance-free efficacy. Lit from the top by an LED panel, this energy efficient sconce gives off a magical glow. It is available in five standard and 12 specialty powder coat options, or it can be customized to color-match any scheme. The stay-clean sealed box of the Phantom Sconce is mysteriously lit by an LED panel hidden in the base that makes its clean lines glow. It features a mirrored inside back panel, water white glass front and side diffusers, and a practical "find-your-keys" downlight. It is available in four metal finish options.

Phantom Sconce

Phantom Sconce

Last but not least are two fixtures by Roger Thomas. The Regent Lantern and Sconce are classic, romantic, and contemporary. Impressive in scale, both exterior fixtures have an open structure with a playful powder-coated interior that can be color-matched to any scheme. The "flame" tip, made from either rock crystal or Swarovski faceted crystal, bounces surprising light patterns on the surrounding area. They are available in four metal finish options, or can be powder coated in 12 specialty colors.

Step boldly into summer with Boyd and watch your exteriors come to light.