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Make your home glow with exterior lighting accents

“So much architecture in the Southwest flows from the inside out, so you have to look at outdoor lighting as an extension of the interior of the house,” says Sue Calvin, managing partner at Scottsdale interior design firm Wiseman and Gale.


To that end, Calvin recommends interior lights made with exterior finishes for patios, porches and decks. When decorating her own home exterior for holiday parties (the entryway to her house was featured in Phoenix Home & Garden in December 2007 and is pictured left), Calvin follows the flow rule, but architectural limitations of the entryway force her to be innovative with everything from tree-hanging lamps to votive candles. “There are no overhangs, so you can’t hang chandeliers anywhere,” she says. “You have to get creative, so I light the trees, I light around the door, I light the trees above the fountain.”

For a bevy of beacons, consider Scottsdale-based Hacienda Lighting, which carries a cornucopia of fixtures in its 9,600-square-foot showroom, including hundreds of weather-resistant outdoor lighting options ranging from posts and pier mounts to sconces and spot lights. Many of Hacienda’s outdoor lights utilize solar-power or LED bulbs for energy efficiency.

In operation for more than 100 years, family-owned Hinkley’s Lighting in central Phoenix stocks 4,000-plus fixtures, including alfresco luminaries like a three-light wall lantern from Kichler’s Embassy Row collection. “Each fixture not only looks fantastic, but provides a fit and finish that will last for years, as well,” according to Hinkley’s general manager Eric Berkey.

More for looks than light, tabletop fixtures like the Irradia Ethanol Fireplace from Today’s Patio provide a cozy vibe outdoors. “It’s more decorative. It gives a little light, but it’s more like a fancy flower pot,” says Today’s Patio president Steven Ramey, whose company also carries the cutting-edge Serenata Media Center – lights powered by eight LEDs that fit on umbrella poles and include an interface for playing songs from iPods and MP3 players. Perfect for a patio party.

Serenata Media CenterThis lighting/music hybrid fits any 1.5- to 2-inch umbrella pole, providing illumination via eight LED lights with three brightness levels while playing tunes from radio, iPod, and most MP3 players through two speakers. Rechargeable battery included. $159.99.

Today’s Patio

12419 N. Tatum Blvd.,
Paradise Valley
(plus four more Valley locations)
602-996-8100, todayspatio.com
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  Three-light pewter wall lantern Built with solid brass, this classic-design light from Kichler’s Embassy Row collection ($198) measures 21 inches tall and 10.5 inches wide, and is available in “antique pewter” or “olde bronze” finishes with clear beveled glass.

Hinkley’s Lighting

4620 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
602-279-6267, hinkleyslighting.com
Faux rock solar LED outdoor accent lightThis outdoor light with a “realistic stone finish” ($29.99) features integrated solar panels on the top to power a white LED enhanced by a chrome reflector. Measures 4 by 5 by 6.5 inches.

Lamps Plus

16680 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria
(plus two more Valley locations)
623-878-3700, lampsplus.com
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  Minka one-light pendantFrom the Sunset Ranch collection, this
rustic, 26-watt pendant light ($159.90) features a textured French bronze finish and measures 15 inches high and 10.25 inches wide.

Hacienda Lighting

15613 N. Greenway-Hayden Loop, Scottsdale
480-991-6767, haciendalighting.net