When we remodeled our kitchen, we ordered several Kichler lights for our kitchen, hall, and dining room. Since we were placing an order, we also decided to upgrade our outdoor lighting as well. What we’ve had out there was 23 years old, and was due for a change.
Kichler Bay Shore
We looked through a variety of Kichler catalogs, and this company has just about any variety of lighting anyone could want. It was hard to decide on a style of lights for our front and side entrances, but I finally narrowed it down and ended up getting a light out of Kichler’s Bay Shore Collection.
This is an incandescent lighting fixture, meaning that it glows extraordinarily bright. It has an oval backplate, made of solid brass, and a square but tapered lantern style globe with beveled glass panels.
This light measures 10 inches high and is 6 inches wide. All of the brass is polished to a glassy shine, and the brass is Kichler’s LifeBrite line, which is exclusive to their products. It is guaranteed to last for a lifetime, and will withstand the harshest elements no matter where you live.
Well, living in Alaska, we are definitely concerned about the long harsh winters, and the toll they take on our homes outdoor fixtures.
Although this is a very nice looking and quality outdoor light, it also has a elegant yet simple look to it that I found very attractive. Our home is built in a Cape Cod style, with cedar siding. It has the dormers on the long tall roof, and has what I call “country charm”. The gold from this light suits the rich brown tones of our cedar siding wonderfully.
When we first moved into our home, 25 years ago, we had antique brass fixtures, but I have seen a move away from this style to the more polished and shiny brass. Even more products are being made in the chrome these days, but we felt the gold would look better on our home, and I believe we made the right decision.
The light fixture requires just one light bulb, and it can’t be more than a maximum of 100 watts. The bottom portion of the lantern remains open, so changing out the bulbs is very simple, and that is always something I am looking for! Anything to make our life simpler.
Installation was not a problem. I love my husband dearly, but he’s not exactly what I would call a handy man. He was able to remove the old fixture and install this light in no time. I wouldn’t attempt it myself, but he thought it was fairly easy.
Kichler Lighting has been around since 1938, and although Sam Minoff purchased the company in 1954, the Kichler name has remained intact. Today Kichler is a world leader in decorative lighting, they have won the “ARTS Lighting Manufacturer of the Year Award” four times.
Sam Minoff has held certain principles that are still being practiced today: customer care, product value and design excellence. According to their sales reps, their customer surveys continue to give Kichler high marks for quality, reliability and ease of installation.
Kichler products are more expensive, although you can now find lines of their lighting at some of the cheaper stores like Lowes and Home Depot. This outdoor light retails for $122.00.
We have been extremely happy with all of the Kichler lighting we purchased when we remodeled, and the outdoor fixture is no exception. It’s a quality product!