Outdoor wall lanterns can be hung from wall extensions at various points along the exterior of the house to create an attractive visual appeal. In olden days, candles or lamps were used as the light source for outdoor wall lanterns. With the advent of electricity, the light source is now a range of electric bulbs, including fluorescent, incandescent, halogen or LED bulbs, either in white or a variety of colors. Even the material used for making the lanterns is diverse, including various metals and in the case of indoor wall lanterns, even fabric is being used. Outdoor wall lanterns come in an assortment of shapes and sizes. The glass covering the bulb area is also variously embossed, painted, etched or plain and is either thick or thin. Sometimes, to avoid damage and ensure longevity, certain plastics or unbreakable glass are also used as the covering.
Nowadays, outdoor wall lanterns are mostly used to create an ambience and for way finding. They are used to highlight certain features on the terrain and create light pools with diffused focus for accent lighting. Outdoor wall lanterns spread out their light over a larger area, which implies that you get a lot more visibility in the area with their use. This provides sufficient lighting for function in the vicinity of the lights. Outdoor wall lanterns are an attractive and aesthetic alternative to glaring focus lights. It is preferable that outdoor wall lanterns are made from corrosion-free materials since they are exposed to the environment all the time. With the advent of LED lighting, we now also see outdoor wall lanterns offering LED bulbs as a lighting option which increases the longevity of the bulb and helps with energy savings while reduces maintenance costs.