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Rehab Under $1000 with Modern Outdoor Wall Light Fixtures

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Feb 23, 2016 01:01 AM
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by Euro Style Lighting last modified Feb 22, 2016

Did you know cheap outdoor lighting could drastically devalue your mid century modern home? We realize buying modern outdoor wall light fixtures can be a strain on your wallet. So we put together a full rehab solution for under a thousand bucks!   Mid century modern (MCM) homes built between 1945 and 1965 were designed with clean lines and flat or gabled roofs. Stylish modern outdoor wall light fixtures reflect this minimalist style. Improve the curb appeal of your MCM home with just a few exterior wall lights. You can rehab the front yard with just a few lights over the porch and garage, with an outdoor post light as a primary light source . Some transitional outdoor wall mounts like the John Timberland Habitat Outdoor Wall Light blur the line between “modern” and “contemporary” styles. Just make sure your wiring and electrical boxes are stable enough for a retrofit. You can get away with less period-specific fixtures in the backyard. But for our purposes, let’s concentrate on the front yard first. Labor Costs for Modern Exterior Lighting The biggest wild card in our equation is the cost of labor. Electricians typically charge between $85-$90 per hour , plus the initial assessment. The EC will determine if your electrical boxes can endure the lighting upgrade. They'll also test the wiring to make sure it meets current electrical codes. Just beware that if the j-boxes or wiring needs replacing, you'll be paying over $1000 just for labor. You can save roughly $200 by pouring concrete and setting the post top yourself. But when it comes to electrical, you’re always better off hiring a licensed professional. Assuming your J-boxes and wiring are all good, let’s do the math: Assessment -  $90 Labor ($90/hr x 6hrs) -  $540 *Outdoor light post - $50 *Modern post top light - $189 *Concrete mix (60lb bag) $3 TOTAL -  $872 * If you don’t need a post top light for your yard, you’ll have an extra $242 to play with. Top 5 Budget-Busting Modern Outdoor Wall Light Fixtures With a slim budget of $128-to-$242, choose from the following cost-effective modern-style solutions: #1: The Modern Bronze Grid Outdoor Wall Mount by John Timberland If your MCM home has a cream color, maintain the lively-look with our Modern Bronze Grid Outdoor Wall Mount ($64.99). The rubbed bronze finish has a tropical vibe, ideal for homes in Southern California and Florida. #2: The Habitat Modern Outdoor Wall Light by John Timberland Like the look of the first John Timberland fixture, but need to shave $10 off the price? Then the Habitat Modern Outdoor Wall Light ($59.99) might be your hero. The opal glass shade dominates the face of this outdoor wall sconce, blending well with white paint or stucco exteriors. #3: The Terrace 1-Light Bronze Outdoor Wall Light by Maxim Lighting The Terrace 1-Light Bronze Outdoor Wall Light ($58.00) looks like a streamlined update of traditional coach lights. Its frosted glass panes create a soft glow that looks like a lantern in the night. #4: The Matte Graphite Modern Wall Light by Possini Euro If you want a dramatic effect, you’ll dig the Matte Graphite Modern Wall Light from Possini Euro ($49.99). Instead of soft cozy illumination, it projects a sharp cone of light up and down. This creates a safe pathway light while highlighting the architecture of a gabled roof. #5: The Nauticus White Outdoor Bulkhead Modern Wall Light (EU7X712) by Access Lighting. $31.00 Finally, for the tightest budgets, you can pick up the Nauticus White Outdoor Bulkhead Wall Light for only $31.00 each. It creates vibrant pathway light for traversing your porch or driveway. Its upper glare shield also prevents light pollution from spilling into your neighbors yard. What is the budget for your exterior lighting rehab project? How did your budgetary constraints affect the outdoor wall mounts you chose? We would love to hear your strategy. Image source: Top image - Stan Houseman (BohmannPark_7) ; Euro Style Lighting






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