Outdoor Lighting Ideas and Guidelines

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Looking for Outdoor Lighting Ideas?

Start with these basic guidelines for size, placement and style.

Outdoor Lighting Placement

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 molding also.

How big should my Lights be?

Outdoor lanterns should be approximately one fifth the height and width of the doorway, including trim. (For example a 100? high by 60? wide entrance would require an 20?Hx12?W fixture.) Post lights should be as large, or larger than the lights at your front door.

Outdoor Light size guide

Style Considerations

Outdoor lights should be compatible with the look and lines of a house. 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.

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