Tripping the Light Moderne

CA-Modern product report sheds light on choice ‘period-appropriate’ outdoor lamps
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CA-Modern's new 'Light Up the Night' feature brings together a baker's dozen different choices of attractive outdoor lighting fixtures—including this one, the simple cylindrical luminaire, from Ylighting.
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There's a Chinese proverb that tells us 'tis better to light a candle than to curse the darkness—and anyone who has ever tripped over things in the night will certainly agree.

Having to walk through an unlit backyard in the evening is one good reason to consider adding landscape illumination. And in a mid-century modern home, one hopes this would be done with a touch of style.

Fortunately for 21st century modernists, there are a multitude of stylish choices for backyard lighting, as detailed in the Spring 2016 issue of CA-Modern magazine. Home Improvement Editor Tanja Kern researched the topic and brought together eight vendors of quality modern lighting options. Her story, 'Light Up the Night' (click on PDF version here), features a baker's dozen different choices of highly attractive fixtures.

Backyard lighting in a modern home should ideally be "tasteful and period-appropriate," says Kelley Sandidge, owner/designer of Hip Haven (, one of the featured dealers and manufacturers.

"One of the things that make it period-appropriate is the metal finishes," Sandidge says, setting a standard achieved by several products in the CA-Modern story. Other vendors include,,,,,, and

The story features one of Austin-based Hip Haven's most popular products: the classic, adjustable bullet sconce that cuts a striking elliptical line in any modernist yard.

"All the metal parts from Hip Haven, and I can custom color," says Sandidge, noting that the bullet sconces are also among her most economical lamps, starting at $65. Hip Haven's other big seller is another modern classic, the white globe pendant.