ISSUE 57  |  Haberdashery

10 Easy Pieces: Outdoor Nautical Bulkhead Lighting

January 30, 2013 4:00 PM

BY Janet Hall

Designed to shine through mist, fog, and other wet-weather conditions, nautical-inspired bulkhead lighting is a great choice for outdoor spaces. Here are ten options to consider:

(N.B.: Our selections are all rated for wet conditions, but work equally well indoors.)

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Above: Said to have graced the decks of famous ships, including the Titanic, the Davey Lighting Small Oval Bulkhead Light has roots dating back to the shipyards of London in the 19th century, when the company (now part of Original BTC) was formed. Handcrafted in the UK of die-cast natural brass, the light measures 7 inches tall and 5.25 inches wide (two larger sizes are also available); $275 at Design Within Reach.

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Above: The round Davey Lighting Small Bulkhead Light measures 7 inches in diameter. Handcrafted in the UK of die-cast natural brass; $375 at Design Within Reach.


Above: The porthole-shaped the Garey Round Wall Light designed by Thomas O’Brien measures 11.25 inches in diameter and is available in three finishes: antique brass, bronze, and polished nickel; $630 at Circa Lighting.

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Above: The Round Aluminum Wall Lamp with glazed glass facing is 8.25 inches in diameter; €86 at Manufactum.

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Above: The Chrome Bulkhead Light with Hood from Shiplights is designed to withstand wet conditions. It measures a generous 9.6 inches in diameter and is also available in unlacquered brass, as well as a range of custom finishes; $290 for the chrome finish as shown.

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Above: The Chrome Bulkhead Light with Crossbar is 9.6 inches in diameter and is also available in unlacquered brass and a range of custom finishes; $280 at Shiplights.

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Above: The Small Aluminium Wall Lamp is made with cast aluminum and glazed glass. It measures just shy of 8-inches tall and 4.3 inches wide; €74 at Manufactum.

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Above: Neptune Bulkhead Wall Sconce by Hilite Manufacturing shown in galvanized finish; $123 for the 7.5-inch diameter size at Form+Function.

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Above: The simple Admidships Bulkhead Wall Mount Light from Hi-Lite Manufacturing measures 8.5 inches tall and 5.25 inches wide. It is rated for wet locations and is available in a choice of four finishes including white as shown; $142 at Barn Light Electric.

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Above: Simple and affordable, the Access Lighting Nauticus Bulkhead Light with frosted glass is 7.5 inches in diameter and available in black, white and satin nickel finish; $27.03 at Wayfair.

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Above: Here’s a stainless option: the Design Classics Stainless Steel Marine Light that measures 8 inches in diameter; $49.95 at Destination Lighting.

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Above: The LBL Lighting Large Round Aluminum Bulkhead Light includes a visor to focus light downward. Available in white or black coated die-cast aluminum, the fixture measures 10 inches in diameter; $60 at Lumens.

For more outdoor lighting inspiration see our earlier posts “10 Easy Pieces: Pathway Lighting” and “10 Easy Pieces: Barnhouse-Style Outdoor Lights“.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on June 24, 2009.