Patio chandelier on a pulley, plus more lighting tips

hanging candle on patio in Buffalo NY
Your candle doesn’t have to stand on your patio table; hang it like this white candle in the center. It’s an artificial candle, so you don’t have to be concerned about a flame. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko
solar light in vase in Buffalo
A solar light inserted into a vase is as pretty in the daytime as it is at night. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

by Connie Oswald Stofko

If you want to use candles in your yard, they don’t have to stand on a table and they don’t need real flames.

Those were a couple tips I got in August when I visited the yard of Sue Tronolone during the Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens. It was daytime when I visited her, but she shared her gardens on the evening Starry Night Garden Tour as well.

While the lighting adds ambiance to the yard at night, the lights themselves were attractive during the day.

Tronolone inserted a solar-powered light into a vase for a lovely accent piece. Her projects aren’t expensive– She gets most of her supplies from discount stores. And when the battery for the solar light wears out, you can replace it, she said.

I liked the clever idea she used for the chandelier with candles hanging over her patio table. The chandelier is hanging from a pulley so it can be raised and lowered to turn on the candles.

Check out the photos here to see some of her ideas.

For more inspiration on lighting and nighttime garden walks, go here.

candle chandelier in Buffalo garden
This chandelier chain hangs from a pulley, making it easy to lower and raise the chandelier to turn on the artificial candles. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko
tiki torch in bottle in Buffalo
A tiki torch is fashioned out of a decorative bottle. The candle snuffer is pretty, too. The tiki torch uses citronella oil, helping to keep bugs away. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko








4 Comments on “Patio chandelier on a pulley, plus more lighting tips

  1. I am curious how your pulley works on your chandelier. You only have a single pulley and it does not appear to tie off somewhere else. I apologize your article was written a while ago, but I’ve obtained a lovely candle chandelier.

  2. For the hanging chandelier, you can purchase battery operated candles with a remote. I love the iron one. I bought one on a trip years ago in Savannah, Georgia and plan on doing this to replace messy candles.

  3. How lovely. What is used ad candle holders? It looks like wrought iron. Are they plant holders or did Sue use creativity for unique means to hang or secure them?

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