5 Best Outdoor Lighting Brands

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    Best Outdoor Lighting

    Luxury villa illuminated at night
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    Ready to vote for the company that designs and manufactures what you consider to be the Best Outdoor Lighting? The Reader's Choice Awards 2012 Best Pool and Patio category honors the year's top pool and patio products, brands and manufacturers, as nominated and chosen by our readers. This is the second year that the Pool and Patio category has participated in the site-wide Readers' Choice Awards.

    In addition to Best Outdoor Lighting, the Pool and Patio categories will recognize the...MORE Best Outdoor Patio Furniture, Best Pool Cleaner/Vacuum, Best Book, Outdoor Design / Home and Garden; Best Hot Tub / Spa; Favorite Outdoor Toy and Best Decking. The 2012 Readers' Choice Awards received reader nominations between January 18 to February 15, 2012. The voting phase is February 22, 2012, and continues through Wednesday, March 21. The winners, as determined by your votes, will be announced on Friday, March 30, 2012.

    Finalists are presented in alphabetical order. First up: Foscarini

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    Fosacarini: Best Outdoor Lighting Finalist

    The Solar outdoor lights by Foscarini
    © Foscarini
    History: Foscarini got its start in the early 1980s as a Murano blown glass lamp studio/company. Now located on a Venetian island, Foscarini has expanded its materials to include glass, polyethylene, wood, aluminum, an exclusive textured glass and Kevlar or carbon fiber composite. Each light or lamp is like a work of art.
    Designers: Many of the world's top designers have worked with Foscarini, including Jean-Marie Massaud, Joseph Forakis, Karim Rashid and Marc Sadler.
    Outdoor Products: Havana...MORE Pendant, Mono and Bassa; Uto.
    Pictured: From Foscarini's 2012 collection, Solar is a contemporary hearth around which to gather and outdoors. The surface finish for the outdoor Solar hearth light features a rusty and textured surface finish and is made of polyethylene. Solar's hemispherical body is stable even when it is tilted by 15 degrees. The angling determines the quantity of light diffused, allowing multiple effects and atmospheres to be created.

    Next finalist: Hinkley

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    Hinkley: Best Outdoor Lighting 2012 Finalist

    Reef outdoor lanterns Hinkley Lighting
    The Reef outdoor lanterns from Hinkley Lighting. © Hinkley Lighting
    History: Hinkley Lighting began in 1922 as a small family lighting company. Currently led by the family's fourth generation in northeast Ohio, Hinkley continues to design and manufacture top-quality lighting fixtures with a focus on energy-efficient lighting.
    Products: Hinkley's Product Development team has created several new outdoor designs like Cascade, Luna and Atlantis. These clean, contemporary lights are designed to consume less energy and meet almost every Dark Sky requirement --...MORE in areas where light pollution is a concern.
    Hinkley Lighting website

    Next finalist: Kichler Outdoor

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    Kichler: 2012 Best Outdoor Lighting Finalist

    Kichler Pro LED
    Landscape lighting by Kichler Pro LED. © Kichler
    History: Since 1938, Kichler Lighting, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, has offered a variety of lighting designs, styles and materials, and for all types of lighting needs. Outdoor and landscape lighting includes the energy-efficient Kichler Design Pro LED.
    Products: Kichler outdoor lights include: Kichler Design Pro LED, outdoor wall lights, landscape lighting, outdoor hanging lights, outdoor post mounts, outdoor ceiling mounts and outdoor post accessories. The company also makes a line of...MORE outdoor lamps with Sunbrella® fabric shades that are resistant to stain, mildew and fading.
    Kichler Lighting website
    Kichler Landscape Lighting website

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    Philips Forecast: 2012 Best Outdoor Lighting Finalist

    Hollywood Hills outdoor wall sconce, from Philips Forecast.
    Philips Forecast Hollywood Hills Outdoor Wall Lantern. © Philips Forecast
    History: Philips Forecast began in Southern California as Forecast Lighting in the early 1970s. In 1992, Lightolier acquired Forecast and relocated the company to its current headquarters in Elgin, Illinois. In 2010, the Forecast Lighting line became part of Philips Consumer Luminaires, a business unit of Philips North America. Forecast has pioneered several concepts, including coordinated glass and using LEDs in designer fixtures. The copany has an in-house design team that travels...MORE internationally for materials and trends.
    Products: Fixtures include wall, ceiling, posts and lanterns in a variety of styles and finishes.

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    Sea Gull: 2012 Best Outdoor Lighting Finalist

    Sea Gull Lighting
    Sea Gull Lighting's Hunnington outdoor lantern. Courtesy of Sea Gull Lighting
    History: Sea Gull Lighting got its start as a small lighting specialty shop in Philadelphia in 1919 -- right after World War I. Owner Henry Siegel designed and hard-wired portable lighting fixtures, patenting them with an eye to the future. The Hirsch and Solomon families continue the philosophy of Siegel's family-run business -- design and build quality and fashionable products. Sea Gull Lighting's plant is now based in Riverside, New Jersey. The company also maintains operations in...MORE Philadelphia; Houston and Las Vegas.
    Products: Sea Gull's outdoor lighting products include outdoor wall lanterns, bound glass designs, lighted house signs, outdoor pendants, outdoor ceiling lights, outdoor posts and post lamps, spot lights, low voltage landscape lighting, recessed cans, and a variety of specialty outdoor lighting products such as ENERGY STAR® and Dark Sky-qualified outdoor lighting fixtures.

    Sea Gull Lighting website

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