|Why use copper and brass for outdoor lighting?
Copper is a natural metal that has a time tested immunity to oxidation. It has been used for centuries in many applications where it was vital that rust and corrosion would not affect its function. It has survived unchanged since the beginning of time -- with the exception of turning a natural "Patina" or "Verde" color.|
Brass is an alloy derived from copper and has the same corrosion resistant properties. Copper and brass can never rust, rot or corrode, even in the harshest outdoor environments. This is why these metals are the only choice for outdoor lighting. We've all seen what happens to many other types of outdoor fixtures that have been in the garden for any length of time, they have either rotted away to dust or the painted finishes are virtually not-existent.
SPJ Lighting stands behind our unbeatable lifetime warranty for all of our solid copper and brass fixtures. This warranty also extends to our chemical finishes -- which are NOT a paint or powder coat. All of our chemical finishes are basically an accelerated form of what would happen naturally, given enough time. While natural Patina starts in a bronze color and then changes to Verde, our process also creates "rusty" or black looking elements or even black as well.
Copper and brass are not just for “coastal environments”. In modern landscape conditions with constant irrigation, fertilizer and soil amendments, a coastal environment is created in almost every garden. It is difficult for anything to survive in such harsh surroundings; therefore you can trust SPJ Lighting finishes to remain beautiful and functional until the end of time!
About SPJ Finishes
- Verde: What Mother Nature would have done on her own
- Moss: A thicker, greener effect that simulates a very wet environment like a rain forest
- Aged Brass: Streaks of Brass metal shining through as if in a dry environment
- Bronze: Darker in color, brown with a shadowy effect finished with a slight gloss
- Matte Bronze: Same as bronze, with no gloss (Blends in very well in any landscape)
- Gun Metal: Dark Gray with some streaking, also has a gloss finish
- Black: This is actually darker version of Matte Gun Metal, better than paint
- Rusty: Simulating an old rusted wrought iron look, sprinkled with flecks of rust, but never will!
- Autumn: Shades of orange, amber, red and bronze like a cool fall day
- Raw Copper: No finish at all, clean and shiny when new - will age at its own pace.
- Natural Copper: Simulates raw copper that has aged a short time.
- Polished Copper: (discontinued) Buffed out to an extreme shine.