Outdoor lighting is a hot design topic in St. Louis because it serves so many purposes. Whether the lighting is the jewel providing the finishing touch that compliments the home, enhancing the beauty of a spectacular garden or to light the dark- ness of night for security and safety. 

Outdoor lighting is important. There are many different aspects to consider when selecting the correct outdoor lighting. First is the quality of materials being used: Second is the function the light is intended for, Third is the design aesthetic. 


Outdoor lights are made from various materials like aluminum, stainless steel and brass. Each of these materials can have many types of finishes put on them to increase the life of the fixture. 

Selecting the correct material for the lights in the area we service is important. As I write this it is 17 degrees in Iowa and these cold temps may not be kind to certain materials. The same is true when you think of the ice storms we faced in Kansas.

Featuring HINKLEY Rhodes and Sag Harbor

Aluminum is the lowest quality of the metals and typically the lowest in cost. Aluminum is not going to hold up in areas near the ocean or in extreme cold. If the aluminum is powder coated then the life of the fixture will be extended.

Stainless Steel looks great and is very durable, but may need continuous cleaning to keep up the appearance and to add to its life. 

Brass is made from a combination of copper and zinc and is considered the hallmark in light fixture material. Brass fixtures will last for many years but it will “patina” or turn darker over time as it is exposed to the outside elements. Brass fixtures are wonderful in ocean and mountain side homes. This is the best material for the weather we face in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, and Central and Southern Illinois.

Brass is more expensive than some of the other materials but is the most long-lasting.

Featuring Savoy House Chiminea

Pictured is the Savoy House’s Chininea wall lantern.  Although the lantern itself is only 8 inches in length by 8 inches wide, the sweeping arms going above and below the fixture gives it an overall height of 27.5 inches, nicely balancing the doorways they were hung to illuminate. 


Taking a picture of the front elevation of the home before selecting outside lighting. This puts the primary view of the home in your hand. Look for styles that have a “full series.” There will be several sizes of lanterns and post heads to fit the space available. Families of lighting provide a complete and finished look to the exterior of the project. 

For example, the Shelter Family by Hinkley Lighting. You have choices of many sizes of wall lanterns as well as matching landscape lighting pathlights.  

Featuring HINKLEY Shelter

Another tip that is important to know relates to the bulb you are placing in the fixture. Have you ever driven past a home and the lights were different colors? This is because of the color temperature.  Selecting the right color and output is important to the final appearance. Don’t over lumen or mix colors!! 

When thinking about outdoor lighting the vision of a too small wall light adjacent to a door comes to mind. When design intent is applied to the exterior spaces of a home many wonderful things will happen.

The home becomes twice as attractive, the beauty of the dwelling may be witnessed during the day, but the nocturnal views will make the home stand out as a jewel of the night.

Not to mention the increased joy that is experienced when using a well lit outdoor space at night when entertaining.

Marsh Lighting is the best resource for all your outdoor lighitng needs. We are a manufacturers representitive and have the correct item for your outdoor lighting solutions.