ISSUE 66  |  Cult of the Kitchen

Mood Lighting: An Outdoor Cord That Fits a Favorite Bulb

April 03, 2013 7:00 PM

BY Michelle Slatalla

Maybe you dream of bathing your backyard palm tree in a red glow with up-lighting. Perhaps you go so far as to walk around the house saying, “Wouldn’t that look awesome and tropical?” Or maybe that’s my husband. In any case, I suspect there’s a special corner you are hankering to illuminate, perhaps with clear, warm light. And you and my husband can use the same outdoor-rated electric cord to achieve a magical glow:

Above: A 15-foot-long cord rated for outdoor use will accommodate a 13-watt CFL bulb or a 100-watt incandescent bulb. The Outdoor Cord Set is $79 from West Elm.

Above: The cord set is compliant with California’s Title 20 regulations—enacted to reduce energy consumption in appliances—which is no mean feat. We’re talking about a state that tried to force me to have fluorescent lighting in my kitchen.

Above: If you don’t have a palm tree you’re dying to bathe in red light, a Round Edison-Style Bulb (40 watts) may be a better choice; $15 from West Elm.

For more flattering summer party lights, see 5 Quick Fixes: Outdoor Lanterns.