Below, ATG Stores Marketing Director Michael Pinkowski discusses the joys (and how-tos) of installing Hubbardton Forge outdoor sconces:
"I recently ordered and installed two beautiful outdoor wall sconces from Hubbardton Forge and I enjoyed the experience so much that I thought I'd share it with our readers.
I ordered a pair of Lightfall outdoor sconces to install on either side of my garage with visions of adding a warm glow and welcoming atmosphere to the front of our home; however, when the boxes arrived I was worried that the rough shipping journey had prematurely crushed my ambitions. As you can see below the boxes arrived in Seattle from Vermont with crumpled edges and multiple dents. I cringed at the thought of opening the boxes to find the hand-crafted products shattered inside.
There was no need for worry. I was pleased to find the sconces were completely safe and secure thanks to the packaging material. Hubbardton Forge utilizes a unique packing method to keep their products completely protected from the rigors of shipping. Not one item was missing or out of place. After unpacking a little further I found detailed instructions, a company bio and an envelope with all the hardware.
Our old sconces were mounted directly onto the house and the siding had been cut away for installation, so I decided that mounting a base for the sconces would be the best way to go. As you can see below, I installed the mounting base (similar to the image shown here
) to the desired spot on the garage, about 8 ft. above the ground, and painted it to match the exterior color and the new sconces. That completed, I handled the wiring by running the wires up and over the rafters and across the top of the garage door from the power source inside the garage.
At this point I was able to continue with the installation of the sconces themselves. First, I centered the included bracket onto the mounting base and secured it there. After drilling through the mounting bracket and base I fished the wires through. After securing the bracket and getting the wires in place I mounted the metal base of the light securely to the bracket.
The wires were long enough to snake through to an electrical box inside the garage I had mounted beforehand. Before continuing any further, I tested the electricity with a bulb prior to adding the shade. Viola!
We had light.
Below is the final product as seen at night. The only change I made was to paint the inside of the shades. I did that because they sit at about 8 ft. and the white inner portion was visible on approach. It only took a bit of brown latex paint to fix the issue. Now, the harshness on the edges of the fixtures have disappeared.
The entire family loved these sconces from the minute they were installed. They make a unique and warm addition to the home during the day and at night. In fact, I'm so proud of them that I often go outside just to admire their inviting glow."ATGStores.com
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