Lighting home interiors and exteriors can certainly add to the ambiance and decorative touches to home living spaces. Prior to 1878, when the incandescent light bulb was invented by Thomas Edison, home lighting choices were quite limited. However, with the advent of the electric light bulb, many more lighting options have become available.
Before 1878, chandeliers that used candles to illuminate were often utilized in homes. More specifically, the indoor and outdoor chandelier were used to illuminate living spaces. Fast forward to modern day, when chandeliers that use candles as well as chandeliers that use electricity are available to consumers in the United States. However, it is important for consumers shopping for outdoor chandeliers to realize that it is important to buy a chandelier that is designed for outdoor use, if it is going to be hung outdoors. In other words, a chandelier that is designed for indoor use should not be hung outdoors, due to safety factors, given that lighting that is hung outdoors is exposed to the natural elements.
Two programs may be helpful to consumers shopping for an outdoor chandelier. The first program is Underwriters Laboratories. Underwriters Laboratories tests consumer products for safety standards. Thus, if the product has an UL on the product packaging, it indicates that Underwriters Laboratories has tested the product and designated it as safe for the application for which is indicated, such as for indoor or outdoor use.
The second program that may help consumers shopping for an outdoor chandelier is ENERGY STAR. ENERGY STAR tests consumer products, including home lighting, for energy efficiency standards. Thus, ENERGY STAR also places their logo on products that they have tested and designated as energy efficient.
Thus, while many options are available to consumers in the United States shopping for home lighting, the two aforementioned programs may assist them in purchasing products that have been tested for safety and energy efficiency.