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Star Lights - How to Choose

Moravian Star Lights have become increasingly popular in home decorating and stylish lighting. Selecting the right glass star is important. You need to know if you need it for a good light source or if the star should be more decorative in nature.

Moravian Glass star lights that are becoming very popular in home decor have multiple pointed tips similar to the original Moravian stars that were first made in geometry lessons in the 1830s at the Moravian School in Niesky, Germany. Moravian stars were first manufactured by the Herrnhut Star Factory. These days you mainly find Metal and Glass Moravian Star Lights made in Mexico and Morocco.

We want to talk about the widely popular Mexican Stars. You wonder what is the connection between the Mexicans and Moravia? None really. The Mexican artists are just very good at working with tin and are very creative in making these stars.

Most star lights are crafted as lanterns and initially intended to be used with a candle. Some importers have specialized in turning these lanterns into beautiful star lamps. Just be careful you research the vendor and find out if the lamp is wired professionally and conforms to local electrical code. We have seen some electrified stars that contained unsafe loose wiring and the sockets were just dangling inside the lamp. If your house or commercial property needs to be approved by an electrical inspector, you might really want to pay attention to this.

Consider the warning about electrical safety our first point. So what else do you have to look for?

Second, you have to ask yourself if the lamp is going to be used as a light fixture and will be used as a hanging star light or if you just want it as a table lamp. Both can be found and often the 18-point glass stars stand on the points and can be used as table lamps or hanging lights.

Third, do you need the lamp to give plenty of light? Is it going to be your main light source for your space? If yes, make sure you choose a style with clear or frosted glass panels. On the other hand, if you just need an accent light, you can choose from a larger variety of star designs like antique mirrored glass stars or even go with a tin star that has just small designs cut out. These tin star lights can be a valid alternative as they throw interesting light pattern, just don't expect much light from them.

Fourth and last point, be careful choosing the right size. One easily goes wrong choosing a too big of a star and end up returning it after you discover that the taller members of your family will knock their head on the points. Stay safe, measure carefully and allow enough head room and think ahead how much light you need in your particular room.

Olivia Johnson