Light me a lantern for to get back home. So runs a line from the title-song on the album Lantern, by neoclassical pioneers Clogs. Just as the modern electric guitar and the archaic violin intertwine beautifully on this song, so does the lantern in its many incarnations meld the old world with the new to sublime effect.
Whether the lantern they sing of is one taken in hand or a beacon shining in the night letting you know home is waiting for you, the word carries associations of warmth and wonderment, hearth and home.
The light that welcomes home is perhaps the nearest and dearest to our heart. Depending on the size of your entryway, or whatever door you really use to enter your house on an everyday basis, that light could be something as grand as a chandelier or as humble as a flush mount. Lanterns have traditionally held pride of place in this spot.