Magazine article Sunset

Night Lights: Candlepower for Patios

Magazine article Sunset

Night Lights: Candlepower for Patios

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No one is sorry that Thomas Edison figured out how to harness electricity. But if a seductive atmosphere is what you're after, candlepower beats kilowatts every time.

In his backyard ramada in Scottsdale, Arizona, artist Jeff Zischke houses candles in antique carriage lamps and ordinary mason jars; he supplements their glow with low-voltage lamps. "There's still no substitute for candle-light," he says. "That flickering glow just draws people in like moths."

For a rooftop terrace in Palm Desert, California, Elana Donovan opted to forgo electricity. She relies on candlelight for dining outdoors. "It's wonderful being up there in the near-dark, looking at the stars," she says.

In the wildflower meadow behind his home in Escondido, California, Greg Rubin creates the illusion of candlepower by altering solar lights that come on automatically when the sun goes down. "It's the lazy man's candle," Rubin says.

Magic in the air

Loops of wire suspend lidless mason jars, which the owner calls "light pendants," from the overhead lath.

DESIGN: Jeff Zischke, Zischke Studio, Scottsdale, AZ (www. …

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