Quick Guide: Choosing the Right Sized Exterior Lighting

Even more important than the style and finish of your new outdoor lighting fixtures is choosing the proper size and proportion of the units.

In fact, the biggest mistake consumers make when installing new outdoor lighting is purchasing fixtures that are too small. Keeping in mind a few simple tips when selecting your fixtures will greatly enhance the final look and visual appeal of your lighting.

Outdoor lighting blends in with furniture pieces and a ceiling fan.
Outdoor lighting adds an inviting warmth to the outside of any home.

How To Choose a Size

When choosing lighting for a door or entryway, a simple guideline to keep in mind is that the height of your lantern or outdoor fixture should be based on the height of the door or opening.

If a single side lantern is used, the piece should be approximately one-third the height of the door.

If two lights are used on either side of a door, the pieces used can be slightly smaller, say one-quarter the height of the entryway.

A light sizing guide for mounting outdoor lights next to a door.
The size of your outdoor lights can vary when placed beside an entryway for the best visual appeal.

Installation Tips

The fixtures should be mounted so that they are slightly above eye-level. On a typical door this measures out to approximately 66 inches above the threshold of the door.

Depending on the outlet box location, different arm styles can be selected to position the filament at the correct height.

This is an especially important rule to remember when buying post or fence mounted lighting. For maximum curb appeal, visualize the front of your home as guests or neighbors will see it from the street. If in doubt, always go larger.

Check out our video “Outdoor Lighting Ideas – Key Design Elements to Enhance Your Outdoor Space” below:

Outdoor Lighting Ideas – Key Design Elements to Enhance Your Outdoor Space

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