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I installed these on Memorial day weekend, and used low wattage blue lights. I received many favorable comments on their attractiveness and appearance. They were so desirable, that a thief(s) made off with them on Monday night!
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Marine Post Lantern
By Stephen B. from Fort Lauderdale, FL on Feb 23, 2011
I purchased these to replace three zinc cast lamps of about the same size. They last 11 years before they corroded. Not terrible. The choices for replacement were two. a.) is a bronze cast unit at $400 per and b.) was this at about $50 each including the separate base. The bronze lamp will be quite nicely built and last 50 years. The one I just purchased will last maybe 4 or 5 years. A lot less if I don't take prevtative measures; here is why. I live in south florida with a withering summer sun. The plastic used to make these hasn't any ultrviolet ray protection. The plastic will fall apart in a year or so. But, there may be a way. I figured that since the part is brand new, there shouldn't be much oil on the exterior. (I don't think that mold release is commonly used in China, they just send four ladies into the molding press to pry the parts out! ;) ) So with a clean dry exterior, I have sprayed all three lamp fixtures with a good exterior spray paint (in a can). This should replace the ultraviolet inhibitors. The cost was $7 at Home Depot and took maybe 20 minutes for everything. I now have a better looking fixture, albeit much more cheaply made. But, from the house, you cannot tell. I just put them in last week; so far so good.
Our HOA in AZ is looking for a lamp replacement which has low light pollution as we are near an observatory. The plan is to shorten our existing posts and mount the Mariner fixture on it. Yet to be board approved.