Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor house lights should be compatible with the look and lines of your house. Wall lights beside doors should be approximately 1/5 the height and width of the doorway, including trim. (For example a 100″ high by 60″ wide entrance would require an 20″ high x 12″ wide fixture.) Place your electrical box for your exterior light so that the top of the fixture is 20% lower than the top of the molding. Allow for the side door moldings also.

Modern Shelf Outdoor Light

Modern Shelf Outdoor Light

 

Open bottom fixtures are better for down lighting an area, and glass-topped lanterns are the better choice for accenting architectural elements above and around the door. Fixtures with several low wattage candle bulbs are superior to those with a single bulb since they provide more light with less glare. Wall-mounted fixtures with arms or brackets can fit into tighter spots in areas between moldings. If there is no room beside the door, use one light above the door.

Georgian Garage Door Outdoor Light

Georgian Garage Door Outdoor Light

Post lights should be as large or larger than the lights at your front door.

Richmond Outdoor Post Light

Richmond Outdoor Post Light

Outdoor hanging lanterns are another solution when space on the sides of doors is not available or you have a high enough porch ceiling. Occasionally you will need to add wires to secure these from swinging when in highly exposed open porch areas.

Exterior Charleston Lantern

Exterior Charleston Lantern

And don’t forget about landscape lighting to provide drama, interest and extra security for your home! Use your landscape lighting to add focal points, draw the eye around the yard, and emphasize architectural elements of your home’s façade.

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