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Outdoor Sconce Installation
<p style="text-align: justify;">Below, ATG Stores Marketing Director Michael Pinkowski discusses the joys (and how-tos) of installing Hubbardton Forge outdoor sconces:</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">"I recently ordered and installed two beautiful outdoor wall sconces from <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/hubbardton-forge_m47.html?linkloc=newSearchRedirect">Hubbardton Forge</a> and I enjoyed the experience so much that I thought I'd share it with our readers.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">I ordered a pair of <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/search/lightfall-outdoor-sconces.html">Lightfall</a> 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.</p>
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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.
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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 <a href="http://www.lightinguniverse.com/general/hubbardton-forge-30-602-lightfall-fluorescent-outdoor-sconce_g529619.html?isku=5017990">image shown here</a>) 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.
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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.
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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. <em>Viola!</em> We had light.
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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.<span style="text-align: center;"> </span>
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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."
<a href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> is a proud partner with Hubbardton Forge and is happy to offer its line of fine lighting fixtures and accessories for your enjoyment.