Exterior Gas Lights

An exterior gas light system provides warmth and architectural charm to any home. In many cases, gas-powered lights add an Old World ambience that cannot be achieved with the harsh glare of electric lights. Their popularity has grown from the core users living in historical homes to an audience that reaches around the globe. The flickering flame with its dancing shadows draws interest from romantics as well as the practicalities of an eternal light source.

How Do Exterior Gas Lights Work?

Gas lights can remain lit at all times, which makes them a convenient source throughout shorter daylight hours or during electrical outages. They are ideal for entryways and other areas where people will congregate. Because they emit light in the yellow to orange spectrum, insects find the source unattractive. Most new models are fashioned after their antique predecessors. Many feature automatic ignition and re-lighting; a flick of an inside switch activates the flame and, if a gust of wind snuffs it out, it is instantly re-torched. Gas lights are generally easy to clean, but on occasion it is necessary to remove carbon buildup. The mantle is the most delicate part as it can be damaged by vibration. When purchasing an exterior gas light system, it will be necessary to contact a licensed plumber to install a line according to local codes.

Are Exterior Gas Lights Safe?

Whether powered by natural gas or liquid propane (LP), newer models are safe; they are economical as well when used in conjunction with electric lights. LP gas lights are popular in any spot where natural gas is unavailable: around pools �� in the case of tiki torches �� or at the perimeter of entertainment areas. They only need protection from wind and should never be situated near flammables or left unattended. Exterior lights with access to natural gas lines can be mounted on walls, pedestals or posts, and hung from ceilings. They are quite beautiful adorning the entrance to a driveway or as a free-standing light source near walkways.

Exterior Gas Lights: styles and designs

Fixtures are available in a variety of materials including brass, copper, bronze, and cast aluminum. Protective powder-coated finishes are also implemented on some models. Most exterior gas lights can be converted for electrical use, and manufacturers typically supply both options. Antique lights can also be adapted, but most artisans recommend newer fixtures for safe and long-lasting performance. A number of reliable manufacturers can also produce custom lights based on a home's architectural style.