Lighting has always been the way people have extended their day, and the
history of lighting
shows its enormous role in both work, religion, and entertainment.
were a common light source, and although they have been used since at least Roman times, they were traditionally expensive and seldom used in private homes until around the 14th century. The increasing availability of candles and
led in large part to increases in home industries and literacy. For those who could not afford candles, the more ancient
- a rush dipped in fat and held in a clamp -- was an alternative.
, fueled with liquid paraffin, sesame oil, fish oil, or other combustable liquids are also ancient, and the inventions of the wick and glass chimney provided a smaller and more controllable flame. All these ancient forms of lighting had similar drawbacks: fire hazard, cost, and the need for continued attention. Today the
is our candle, providing cost effective, safe, and trouble-free lighting.
The thing about a beautiful deck is that it becomes a place where you want to spend as much time as possible. Nothing is better than sitting out on a summer night with friends, drinks, and food, and such times sometimes seem to end too soon. The hit song "Patio Lanterns" by Canadian Kim Mitchell captures the spirit perfectly.