Hanging Oil Lamps

Hanging oil lamps, once used simply out of necessity are now used for necessity and for decoration. They can add the right atmosphere to an indoor space or outdoor space. A rustic look can be achieved by using the right hanging oil lamps.

First we must explore the basics. They are functional, especially in any region where electric outages occur from storms or other reasons. Rather than it being on a table or counter, they can safely hang wherever you have the proper space in your home for them. This is a huge advantage, as you can place it in more places and get better lighting than what a regular one would provide.

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Hanging oil lamps illuminate the room as the light spills across the area. The illumination is subtle, warm and inviting. This type of lighting is precisely what many people want in their homes or outdoor space and they invest in them.

As a decorative element, they are great. A wonderful rustic look and feel can be achieved with them, whether or not you intend to ever use them. In fact, it is not uncommon for people to buy them as a decorative piece rather than a functional piece.

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Hanging oil lamps can be used indoors or outdoors, but it is important to know what they were designed for. Remember, indoor hanging oil lamps may be prone to tarnishing or rusting so using them outdoors will significantly shorten their lifespan.

Also, read the instructions carefully so you can safely install and use the lamps without risk of fire. Though anytime there is an open flame there is a risk of fire, the proper use and maintenance of hanging oil lamps will significantly reduce or eliminate such risks. The last thing you need is for your new lamp to burn your house down!

Bradley Hubbard Victorian Hanging Oil Lamp

Bradley Hubbard Victorian Hanging Oil Lamp

The oil you use must be designed for oil lamps, generally speaking the manufacturer of the oil lamp will state what oil should be used and in some cases what oil should not be used in the oil lamp.


If you are using the oil lamps outdoors, make sure they are secure enough where they will not blow off the hook you are hanging them from if there is wind. Properly installed hanging oil lamps however, should be able to withstand standard winds, but should be removed during heavier winds. You do not want your brand new lamp being taken away with the wind and destroyed.

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Phil Woodward, hanging oil lamp “Heart”, $100.00, Gallery 5

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Antique 1950’s Brass Hanging Lamp


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