Outdoor Porch Lights - Bigger Is Better

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Arroyo Park Collection 10" High Outdoor Wall Light

When it comes to outdoor lighting for a porch or front entryway, many people get it wrong when sizing a new outdoor wall light.

This is because it's hard to judge how a product will actually look when installed by just looking at it online or even in a store. So what many folks end up with is a fixture too small for their home.

A simple rule to remember is that the height of the fixture should be based on the height of the entryway or door opening.

  • If a single light is used, it should be around one- third the height of the door.
  • For two lights you can go smaller, about one-quarter the height.

To check the size of something, use a cardboard or paper template cut to the height and width of the fixture.

Many of our outdoor lights have a life-size image  you can print right from the product page. Check out this Bellagio collection wall light (pictured above) as an example. You can also make your own template based on the given size of the fixture.

Position the template on the wall where the fixture backplate will be over the junction box. Tape it in place, then head to the street to see how it looks. If it looks small, go bigger!

For more info, read our quick guide article on choosing exterior lighting.


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  • Really great tips for choosing the right size light fixture here!

  • Thanks for the comment. The size of the outdoor light fixture is something most people don't consider before they make a purchase; style, color and type of decorative glass all get looked at first. If you'd like to read more tips on outdoor lighting be sure to visit our Tips and Trends section: http://www.lampsplus.com/Info-Center/b/advice-and-tips/ 

    Thanks again for reading!

Outdoor Porch Lights - Bigger Is Better