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Stone Manor Lighting creates sturdy, stylish outdoor lanterns

September 26, 2009|Debra Prinzing

Perhaps you've tired of landscape lighting that resembles that of airport runways, with twin rows of bulbs along a central path. Or you're frustrated with the erstwhile energy-efficient, solar-powered numbers that shine so dimly that you forget they're there. The inventive, low-voltage outdoor lights manufactured by Malibu-based Stone Manor Lighting are meant to provide an alternative. The firm is the brainchild of artist Lance Lindsay, a former director of TV, film and commercial projects who wanted garden fixtures that wouldn't break if accidentally hit by a wayward soccer ball or poorly steered wheelbarrow. He also wanted them to be attractive rather than industrial-looking. Today you'll find Stone Manor lights at Disneyland, the landmark Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills and in the gardens of actress Sarah Michelle Gellar and Olympic ice skaters Scott Hamilton and Kristi Yamaguchi. There's a strong botanical influence in fixtures handmade of copper, solid bronze and stained glass. The Mission- and Cotswold-style lanterns have a verdigris patina and glow with honey-colored glass. Prices range from $60 to $1,600. www.stonemanor lighting .com.

-- Debra Prinzing

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