January 16, 2020
Things are progressing nicely at Palm Grove Farmhouse. I can’t believe we are halfway through January already! One of the many exciting tasks on my very long list, is to finalize placement of our beautiful gas lanterns from Primo. If you saw my stories this week, the siding on either side of the front doors was left unfinished so that we can install the lanterns soon! The lanterns are just one aspect of the home that I have been dreaming about and visualizing for years. It is one of a few design elements that I feel could not be left out when we decided to go forward with the farmhouse style. Those flickering flames say, “welcome home” and exude the nostalgia we want to enjoy at Palm Grove.
Our house is piped for gas and wired for electricity, which leaves us with options but I cannot stress to you how happy I am with my choice to use gas lanterns on our front porch.Primo Lighting has been a dream to work with. When I saw the quality of the lanterns in person and how majestic and well-made they are, I felt even better about my decision. When thinking about what type of outdoor lighting fits your wants and needs, you may want to consider a few of these things:
(I’ve done a little research to hopefully help you make those tough decisions a little easier!)
Both gas and electric appliances have a few potential safety hazards but having them installed by a professional will ensure many years of hassle-free, enjoyment. Placement of lighting should be well thought out and considered early on in your project. Work with your contractor or lighting expert for recommendations on the type of lighting that best suits your space.
Cost can be tough metric to measure since it depends on the type of appliance you are using and what your usage is. In general, most gas fixtures are more expensive up front but will save considerably in the long run over the life of the appliance. Primo offers very competitive pricing on their lighting fixtures but more importantly I just fell in love with the look and mystique of having a real flame flicker and the nostalgic look of those beautiful copper lanterns. I envisioned how they would welcome friends and family in the years to come and THAT is something that is priceless to me. The minimal cost of the gas that fuels them, will add up to a savings over time when compared to electricity.
Sometimes, the decision to use gas or electric comes down to just practicality and location. Do you like the ambiance of a real flame and the instant character it creates or does standard electric lighting suit your needs? If you are not building new construction, retrofitting an existing home for gas appliances can be costly but it is possible. Whatever you end up deciding, do further research and consider your family’s needs and wants, to find just the right fit.
The bottom line is, both options have their pros and cons. If you want to go eco-friendly, then gas would help in reducing your carbon footprint. Either way, put some thought into the preferences and habits of the household and then make your decision confidently! I would be happy to pass along my contact at Primo. The company is focused on customer service and quality and we would not hesitate to use them again in the future. If you are building and need any further help or information, please reach out. Maybe I could save you a few headaches and I would love to know what you ultimately decide! Stay tuned for installation of my Primo lanterns in the very near future!
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