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Night Orbs accent landscapes—even in daylight. Night Orbs accent landscapes—even in daylight.

Night Orbs

I love nighttime lighting, especially outdoors. I would love to create a nightscape with lights twinkling, glowing, or swaying along landscaped paths. Then again, I worry about Dark Sky lighting. Shouldn't it be compatible with nature? I surely don't want to brighten the skyline, confuse wildlife, or create light pollution. So, I constantly check out lighting schemes. That's why I jumped when I saw Night Orbs. They are hand-blown glass spheres that meld color and light, like magical woodland sprites. They come on pedestals that provide power and stability. The pedestals are at varying heights so the Night Orbs can be dotted at random levels throughout the landscape. They can even be used in the pool. This is very cool. Granted, it's a little pricey, with smaller orbs starting at $400 and larger ones running around $1,300. This is art, though, with Philadelphia's LaSorgente glass-blowing artists behind each and every creation. Available through the studio.


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Just a trend?

09/17/2009 04:16 PM ATouchofBrass

Night orbs are cute but they seem like a fad. I'm not sure if they'll last and for $400-$1000 I'd want that kind of longevity.

A more traditional option would be outdoor lamps by Baldwin Hardware or another manufacturer. They seem...expected, in a way but they also give off a very classy feeling.

Best of all, they are guaranteed to last.

So Night Orbs are cool and new but they come in second to more traditional lights in terms of staying power. That's my opinion.

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06/16/2010 10:09 PM tomrupnicki

I would like to comment on some of the comments which were left. When I first designed nightorbs about 12 years ago I wanted a permanant and stable product. The base is either Sand cast
silicon bronze or sand cast aluminum which has been precisely machined and powder coated. Silicon bronze will last
thousand of years. I have dropped bricks on the 8" nightorbs to see how much impact they could take and the brick broke first. They can stand any
earthly environment, the sunny Carribbean to the artic circle.
These are definitely not a fad and not for everyone. They are for people who
have a need for alternative colored light. No other material can display the
beautiful color pallett that is available to hand blown glass artists.

Tom Rupnicki

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