Front Porch Lighting Ideas & Tips

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Front Porch Lighting Ideas & Tips

Choosing an outdoor light fixture that perfectly complements the style of your home is no easy feat, but it is an important design choice that can take your property to the next level. Here are 5 front porch lighting ideas and tips, you are sure to find a favorite among this collection of outdoor porch lights.


1. Front door Planter Lanterns 

Tips:Place the candle inside the lantern BEFORE the plants are added. Once the plants are in, it’s hard to open the lantern door. That’s also why I chose LED candles that have a remote. It would be impossible to turn the lantern on and off without a remote.  


 2. Porch & Front Door Light Replacement Guide

 front door lighting guide

 Tips: Outdoor lighting placement is not just an aesthetic choice, but also a practical one. When choosing where to put your outdoor light, you’ll want to ensure that the fixture is suited for the intended area.


 Front Porch lamps

When you place front porch lights or wall sconces, it is important that the fixtures are an appropriate size in relation to the front door. 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 a 20"H x 12"W fixture.) Post lights should be as large, or larger than the lights at your front door. 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.


 3. Hanging lights

 hanging lighting

Hanging lights, such as lanterns and pendants, are ideal for tall entryways and porches. Without a hanging fixture, the space may look too empty.


4.The Best Bulb for Front Porch


TIPS: Wattage and bulb base requirements will vary for individual outdoor lighting fixtures, but for an energy efficient and customizable experience, select LED bulbs whenever possible. These bulbs save energy (and money!), are long lasting, and are available in a range of color tones so you can select the bulb that best suits your needs. Warmer, dimmer bulbs are best for most outdoor settings, as they illuminate the space without creating too harsh a contrast between the lit area and the darkness beyond. 


5. String Lights on the Front Porch 

String Lights on the Front Porch

String Lights on the Front Porch


Tips: String lights aren’t just for college dorms and Christmas trees, so buy a new set with clear bulbs and hang them from the ceiling to cast a pretty glow at night.




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