Illuminating Architecture

Beachside Lighting has been creating beautiful, functional and corrosion-resistant lighting products since the 1990s. Started in Honolulu, Hawaii, they understand the unique environmental conditions of outdoor spaces near salty oceans and their products have been used all over the world, including Tortola, Virgin Gorda, St. Thomas and St. John. When it comes to creating atmosphere and ensuring properties are safe with good lighting, Beachside Lighting has everything needed to light up any structure.

Most outdoor lighting fixtures in the marketplace today are made of aluminium, which will get eaten away by the salty air. Aluminium fixtures, when combined with stainless steel fasteners (which is common), will corrode more quickly due to the different metals reacting poorly in the salty and humid environment. 

“We don’t have these issues with our brass and copper components on their own, or when our stainless steel fasteners are secured to a brass or copper component,” said Beachside Lighting founder Rick Benedict.

Committed to using only corrosion-resistant materials like copper spinnings, brass castings and machinings, and stainless steel fasteners, Beachside Lighting products are chosen by top oceanfront resorts and luxury properties for their durability and fuss-free functionality. 

Oil Nut Bay, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

After the 2017 hurricane season, a customer at Oil Nut Bay on Virgin Gorda chose to utilize Beachside Lighting products for wall mounted up/down fixtures for their property. These particular fixtures allow light to accentuate features both above and below where the light is placed without any inherent glare. Wanting a product that could stand up to the elements, Beachside Lighting was chosen for its corrosion-resistant materials and installation. The fully-sealed solid brass housings protect LED lamps and sockets to ensure the salty air, wind and sun don’t affect the inner workings of the light itself, thus lengthening the life of the fixture.

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Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

As the luxury resort rebuilt and revamped the property after the 2017 hurricane season, Beachside Lighting path lighting was used throughout the property to combat the wear and tear of the Caribbean environment. 

“Unlike a wall-mounted fixture, path lights are subjected to more routine abuse being located in the landscape.  In addition, the minerals in the irrigation water will hasten the corrosion on fixtures, which makes using a brass alloy (copper + zinc) much more preferable to standard aluminium,” said Benedict.

The path lighting fixtures feature risers made from Sch. 40 brass pipe, not tubing, for extra wall thickness and durability. Since the original fixtures had been wired for 277 volts, the Beachside Lighting team used small electronic transformers in a brass housing at the fixture base to supply a 12 Volt, 5-watt lamp. 

From creating drama with uplighting for palm trees and landscaping to ensuring paths are easily navigable and safe for resort guests, Beachside Lighting’s top-notch materials and high-quality service will light the way.

Sara Sherman
Sara Sherman is a former St. Thomas resident and the editor of Virgin Islands Property & Yacht.
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