Date : May 3rd, 2011
Arroyo Craftsman has done it again, releasing a lovely new collection of outdoor lights called Berkeley. These lights are as smart and charming as they sound and are extremely versatile. Finish options include Verdigris Patina, Raw Copper, Mission Brown, Bronze, Rustic Brown, Antique Brass, Antique Copper, Pewter, Slate, Satin Black, and Polished Nickel. (Please note: Antique Brass, Antique Copper, and Polished Nickel finishes recommended for indoor use only.)
The glass options are equally diverse. Choose from Gold White Iridescent, White Opalescent, Frosted, Clear Seedy, Rain Mist, Off White, Cream, Tan, Almond Mica, and Amber Mica. (Though Mica options are not recommended for outdoor use and should only be used with 60 watt maximum bulbs to prevent warping.)
Clearly my favorite finish combination is the Verdigris Patina finish paired with the Gold White Iridescent glass. This pairing really highlights the rustic style and craftsman lighting design that Arroyo Craftsman is known for. These outdoor light fixtures have an incredibly solid and sturdy presence, as though they could weather any storm and have been around for time untold. There’s an almost Tin Man-esque feel to them, evoking memories of fairy tales from childhood.
But the Berkeley outdoor lighting family is no myth. These light fixtures range from outdoor hanging lights to post lights to outdoor wall lights. I’m immediately drawn to the outdoor post light from Berkeley. I can easily picture this lamp post proudly weathering the elements in both the most rural farmland or the most cosmopolitan metropolis. The post lantern measures 13.25″ high with a diameter of 8.375″ and would add a charming, rustic touch to any craftsman style home, gracing the driveway or an outdoor path with a hint of practical elegance. (Product Page: http://www.brilliantoutdoors.com/ar-bp-8.html)