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What Color Is Architectural Bronze? Understanding Architectural Bronze Powder Coat Finish

When looking for the perfect lighting fixtures online, things can get a bit technical and frustrating. For the professionals in the industry, the complicated terms and language for different products is easily understood, however, it's not so easy for those who are not familiar with these terms. After spending time and deciding between the Kelvin Temperature, Color Rendering Index, Fixtures Style, etc., it is very common to overlook even the most simple features like the color of the fixture.

Since every smartphone, computer screen, or tablet has a different and unique way to render color, the same shade of red, for example, can look completely different when viewed on different devices. All colors can appear different as well when put on different materials, such as a smooth steel surface or a rough material, so it's easy to misinterpret the many color options that HTM Lighting Solutions offers for their fixtures.

When looking online at fixtures, common colors such as Black or White are less likely to be confused for a different finish. However more specialized finishes, such as Architectural Bronze tend to be more challenging.

What Do We Mean by “Architectural Bronze”?

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Architectural Bronze is a quite common finish for light fixtures, although the color is misunderstood more often than not. When thinking of Architectural bronze, most picture a deep dark bronze or black color, while others might think of a shiny coppery statue or Olympic medal color, and still other will know the exact true color!

In reality, terms such as architectural bronze, bronze, or dark bronze are used for architectural elements like windows, door frames, light fixtures, roofing materials, and more. Put simply, it is a paint type that is applied to these surfaces, such as cold-rolled steel or die-cast aluminum. Architectural bronze receives its name from its popularity in architectural projects, as most manufactures of products used in these projects use similar bronze colors to ensure the consistency among all products.

Most HTM Lighting Solutions products are manufactured using durable cold-rolled steel that is electrostatically sprayed prior to being powder coated and oven baked with reliable UV stabilized paint.

While most variants of bronze will complement each other, the type of lighting and finish of the fixture can cause two products painted with the same Architectural bronze to look completely different. A more realistic way to describe architectural bronze is a dark, grayish brown.

Although the finish of Architectural bronze light fixtures may not be what you imagined, HTM Lighting Solutions offers many other distinct color finishes for their products, be sure to reach out to us to help find the perfect match your lighting project!

Questions or comments? We always have ears open to any new input and suggestions, as we enjoy learning from others and sharing knowledge. Contact us today for your complimentary quote on any project or to provide us with any input at (813) 649-8899 or

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