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By: Gabriel Luis
When it comes to lighting a house or commercial office space, higher preference is naturally given to indoor lighting and often little or no preference is given to outdoor lighting. But outdoor lights are a must during night for a well-lit passage, stair case and parking space. They ensure safety and play a crucial role in case of emergencies. While wall sconces and lamp posts are the most commonly used outdoor lights, often these lights are only chosen for their bright light and functionality, and hardly any preference is given to their design, style and look. And a house is complete only when the interior as well as the exterior looks well-designed and retains a sync.

Onion lights are those outdoor lights that can solve the above mentioned lack of design and style issue. As functional and bright they are, onion lights are also stylish, thematic and eye-grabbing. Their design dates back to as early as 18th century, as they were widely used in Europe during those times in houses, carts and trains. These lights are characterized by their unique design that comprises of a bulgy and onion shaped glass container which encloses the bulb and a solid metal shield to hold the glass container and shield it from breakage. The metal shield was also supposed to support the oil lamps back in those times but now the onion lights are all-electric and work as any other regular bulb. Incandescent bulbs, fluorescent bulbs or halogen bulbs, one can prefer the type of lighting source they need based on their budget and energy preferences. Here are a few points one should consider before buying onion lights.

1. Mount Type

There are various mount types available when it comes to onion lights. While ceiling mounts and hanging ones are more suitable for indoor purposes, wall mount and post mounts are the most ideal choices for outdoor lighting. Hanging lights are often supported by suspended chains which are of the same color and finish as the metal shield for uniformity.

2. Size

As told before, these lights are bulgy to look and are available in various sizes. They can neither be too big, nor too small as this directly affects the amount of light illuminated. Always make sure to follow a 1/5th rule according to which the size of the onion light has to be 1/5th of the size of the door it is mounted next to.

3. Durability

Outdoor lights are often subjected to harsh weather like sunlight, cold, rain and rust. Hence while buying make sure that the metal shield is rust and fade proof, and the glass is able to withstand extreme hot and cold without cracking.

4. Finishing

A rustic theme is what essentially makes an onion light special. Make sure the design is old-fashioned and the metal finish is in the likes of the surroundings it is mounted in. Steel, aluminum, bronze and various other metal finishes are often the most preferred ones.

5. Pricing and Warranty

Whether you buy it online or offline, carry out a thorough research on the price of the light and check for other aspects like on-time delivery, warranty, exchange and re-fund policies.

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