Stained-Glass Inserts for Exterior Lights – A Colorful, Warm Upgrade to Exterior Lights Adds Value to a Minnesota Home

Do you have exterior or interior lighting on your home, such as an aluminum or cast-iron lantern? Did your lighting come with less-than-inspired flat or beveled clear glass panels that show the ugly incandescent or LED bulb and other unattractive internal workings? Do you want to add curb appeal, character and value to your home with a custom stained-glass insert?

Prairie Home Glass will design and deliver hand-cut and soldered clear or stained glass panels to insert into your existing lighting. Many lights installed by builders or purchased from retailers can easily be unscrewed to replace the original glass insert.


First, you provide us with the exact dimensions (Width, Height, Thickness) of your original glass insert, or send us an online link to specifications from the manufacturer. It is best for you to also send us a detailed, closeup photo of the surrounding metal frame that houses your glass panels. This will help us finish the edges of the panels to fit seamlessly within the metal frame.

We then design and hand-craft a pattern to suit your taste and the character of your homes architecture or interior design. Colored glass, clear glass, Seedy glass (with natural bubbles within the glass sheet) – you have many options. Prairie Home Glass specializes in prairie style, Arts & Crafts stained glass design, so your panels are sure to be simple, elegant and welcoming.

You choose the glass color and patina (black, copper or natural). You can also choose to have each panel finished with a Carnauba Wax finishing compound to help prevent corrosion, or leave panels unfinished to allow natural oxidation of solder.

You might want to replace all panels or only one. In some instances, such as the profile of the lantern shown here, we recommend not replacing the rear glass panel. This allows brighter light to escape from the rear of the lantern. Those Prairie Home Glass people – always thinking!

Installation of Stained-Glass Inserts *

In many instances, you can install your new Prairie Home Glass panels yourself by unscrewing the metal frame and simply pulling out the existing glass and inserting your new beautiful panels. Do this carefully, as some original glass inserts may have rough or very sharp edges. Prairie Home Glass edges are soldered, so they are not sharp.

Alternatively, you can invite Aaron Cooper to your home to replace your glass and enjoy a cup of herbal tea (his favorite).


Inserts are shipped very carefully, to prevent breakage.

There are no returns for such custom items, but we’re rather certain you will be very pleased with your purchase and the character of this hand-made product.

? Contact Aaron for an estimate and visual representation of your future glass.

* ⚠ We recommend turning off power to lights before installation.