There was once a time when oil lamps were one of the only ways to light up the night, but nowadays - thanks electricity! - our homes never have to be dark. But that doesn’t mean we want our homes to be boring…
Oil lamps are an ingenious way to add genuine old-fashioned charm to a space without having to forgo modern comfort, and that is why they are one of our favorite decor items here at Hipstery. They can be garish or low-key, antique or industrial - it almost doesn’t even matter what they look like because people will automatically think you’re alternative if you eat by lamplight.
The light is also soft and warm, as opposed to regular clinical LED lighting. Aesthetics aside, however, oil lamps are also a useful gadget to have around if the power ever goes out. You don’t have to charge them or upgrade batteries on the reg: all you need is a bit of flammable oil and let there be light!
QUICK LOOK: OUR 3 FAVORITES
LAMPLIGHT CHAMBER OIL LAMP
PURISM STYLE LANTERN
KEROSENE OIL LANTERN
Things to know before you get an oil lamp:
Oil lamps can be a fire hazard when not properly stored or used, so you will need to follow the product label instructions regarding precautions and warnings. Never light oil lamps near flammable objects or in high-risk areas. While paraffin lamp-oil and kerosene are the recommended oils to use in the lamps, you can also try other oils like citronella or olive oil for different scents.
Lamplight Chamber Oil Lamp
lamplight chamber oil lamp
This oil lamp burns for up to 25 hours, and holds 12 -ounce of fuel. It is a household necessity during power outages.
Sitting atop a mantlepiece or bookshelf, this classic oil lamp from Lamplight could make any home look vintage. Apart from their undeniable antique charm, original oil lamps like this one serve a purpose during long power outages or emergencies.
- Burns for up to 25 hours
- Holds 12 ounces of fuel
Purism Style Lantern Set of 3
purism style lantern
This antique style oil lamp is perfect for bringing a turn-of-the-century classical look. The top of the wick runs through a metal collar, and a knob at the side allows the height of the wick above the collar to be adjusted to make the flame bigger or smaller, even while the lamp is alight.
What’s better than one vintage oil lamp? Three vintage oil lamps!
This set is handmade with three unique colored glasses in blue, green and yellow and each feature a ruffled glass chimney. Whether you’re thinking of adding a turn-of-the-century charm to your decor or incorporating soft lighting - this set is a bright place to start.
- Burns for around 3 hours
Silver Hurricane Kerosene Oil Lantern
kerosene oil lantern
No need for electricity or batteries - simply fill with standard Kerosene Oil and have a lantern that will put off an amazing amount of light for any type of emergency. These are great for camping, emergencies and decorative pieces (a favorite for outside parties and weddings).
No need for electricity or batteries the next time you want ambient outdoor lighting- simply fill with one of these hanging oil lanterns and scatter them around your garden. It’s a standard oil lamp that works with paraffin, kerosene, citronella and various other oils and burns much longer than candles. They are also great for camping and emergencies!
- Long lasting adjustable wick
Dietz #76 Original Oil Burning Lantern
dietz #76 original oil burning lantern
Dietz Brand #76 "The Original" oil lantern 10" ht. X 5.9" wide, burns 11 hours on 8 oz. of fuel. 7 candlepower, comes with 1/2" wick.
Dietz has been making lanterns for well over a century, so they must be doing something right. You can bring a little bit of genuine vintage aesthetic into your home with one of these sturdy original oil burning lanterns that are available in both black and blue.
- Burns for up to 11 hours
Lamplight Farms Ellipse Oil Lamp
lamplight farms ellipse oil lamp
Great for creating everyday ambiance, A household necessity in a power outage. Holds 19.5oz of fuel and burns for up to 25 hours.
This Ellipse oil lamp from Lamplight is more delicate and ornate than other lanterns you find thanks to the scalloped glass base, curved chimney and golden fixtures. It’s great for creating everyday ambiance in a subtle way.
- Holds 19.5oz of fuel
- Burns for up to 25 hours
Round Bamboo Aromatherapy Himalayan Lamp
round bamboo aromatherapy himalayan lamp
A new take on our classic “Round Bamboo”, this beautiful lamp doubles as an oil burner. Simply place your favorite essential oil into the small receptacle at the top of the lamp, and enjoy the fragrant benefits. A very popular lamp for our all including massage therapists.
Fill any room with a truly wonderful scent with this Himalayan aromatherapy lamp. The ambient orange color will provide soft warm lighting, while the aromatherapy oils soothe your senses.
This beautiful lamp salt lamp also doubles as an oil burner. Simply place your favorite essential oil into the small receptacle at the top of the lamp, and enjoy the fragrantget one included oil with each purchase, and you can pick from endless scents like jasmine, green tea, sandalwood and strawberry.
Antique Rusted Outdoor Lantern
antique rusted outdoor lantern
This oil lamp has movable wick, and it is fully functional. You can also handle or hang this lamp.
If rustic is your game, then these bronze lanterns are made for you. They’re exceptionally popular with customers thanks to their compact size, sturdiness and antique charm, so you can’t go wrong with purchasing them if you’re looking to incorporate vintage charm indoors or outdoors. The hangable handle is an added bonus!
Esschert Design Lantern
esschert design lantern
This product type of oil lamp is like for outdoor lantern. It is made of iron with gray finish or color, and is oil powered.
More modern looking than other oil lamps on this list, the Esschert Design outdoor lantern has a sleek black/gray rectangular shape made for hanging outside to create a soft lighting ambience.
The simple design means that this lantern won’t overpower your aesthetic, rather blend into it seamlessly.
Antique Barn Red Outdoor Lantern
antique barn red outdoor lantern
This item item is fully functional and has movable wick with 0.5" length. It can be handle or hang and accessible glass globe.
If this lantern doesn’t scream “I live in a remote cabin in the woods and fall asleep to the sounds of nature every night” then we don’t know what would. And if you’re the lumberjack hipster type, then we know that’s exactly what you’re going for.
This lantern may look antique, but it’s fully functional and easy to use. It also has a handle for hanging and is made with a beautiful rusted red tin.
Albert Estate Oil Lantern
albert estate oil lantern
This unique old green mason jar oil lamp is a great oil lamp to have on your patio. You can use Citronella oil for outside use to help keep bugs away.
This old green mason jar oil lamp is definitely one of the most unique on the list. The soft green tinted jar and chimney add a hint of color to your decoration, and will emit a greenish hue of light.
It is great for use both indoors and outdoors.
Esschert Design Oil Powered Lantern
esschert desgn oil powered lantern
This lantern with stone elements will blend seamlessly into any outdoor. It would also be a statement feature on a table inside.
Is it a bomb? Is it a bowling ball? Is it a boulder? No! It's an outdoor oil lamp, and it sure is bold.
This lantern will blend seamlessly into any outdoor setting thanks to its stone elements, but it would also be a statement feature on a table inside.
Oil Powered Outdoor Table Lamp
oil powered outdoor table lamp
This lovely clear oil lamp would make a wonderful addition to your home or patio. It is a glass chimney with wick burner.
This lovely clear (and water exposure safe!) oil lamp from Albert Estate would make a wonderful addition to your patio. What sets this lamp apart from the array of other lamps is not only its outdoor compatibility, but its tall candelabra shape that makes it ideal for sitting atop a table. You can also use citronella oil to keep the bugs away while you’re enjoying time outside.