How to Choose the Right Porch Lighting for Your Home

October 6, 2019

Porch lighting is an important part of your home’s curb appeal, but it provides much more than just a pretty accent for your front door. The right outdoor lighting can enhance security, safety and even save you money on your utility bill. 

Porch lighting objectives

There are many practical reasons to update the lighting of your porch, but the appearance of your porch also matters. Most of the porch lighting updates are done for aesthetic reasons when a fixture is aged or worn. The good news is that you can choose new porch lamps that not only address practical problems such as safety, but also give your home a stylish boost. Once you have identified your new goals for lighting your porch, you can buy the right fixtures. Depending on your purpose, there is a specific type of luminaire to meet your needs.

Knowing your goals for the porch is your first step. These objectives may include:

Replace obsolete lighting fixtures: updating your lighting is all about shopping and finding a new style that you like.
Increase security with ample lighting: Look for devices with features such as motion detectors or automatic light sensors.
Illumination of Dark Corners and Steps: Step lighting or stake lighting adjacent to your steps can be an elegant solution.
Increase energy efficiency: Lighting fixtures and bulbs have come a long way in energy efficiency. If you leave the light on all night, it is important to choose the right one.
Add extra spotlights to enhance your porch: a large porch can benefit from multiple light sources.

Lighting beyond your front door

For most homes, standard porch lighting typically consisted of a porch wall adjacent to the front door, with porches becoming more of a passageway than a place of relaxation. But today, the porches become a place of entertainment and relaxation. And the lighting needs have changed accordingly.

To find the right lighting balance for your porch, consider it as another piece of your home. You will want to create lighting layers on your porch, just like your living room. Here are the best places to improve your porch lighting:

A second wall lamp next to your front door: It balances light and frames your front door.
Suspended Porch Lighting: All porch structures can not accommodate suspended lighting. If possible, a ceiling light can add charm to your lanai.
Garage lights: Balance the lighting of your entire home and garage with two or three lights framing the garage doors.
Path Lighting: Solar or battery powered path lighting guides your guests safely to your porch.

How to buy porch lighting

Now that you’ve assessed your needs and created a goal for your porch lighting, it’s time to shop around. Here are some simple tips for buying outdoor fixtures:

 Measure before shopping: write down all the sizes of fixtures you will need. If you shop online or in a store, these steps will help you choose the right size of fixture.
 Consult an Expert: If you are adding a new fixed device, you may need the help of a professional.
 Observe usage ratings: Be sure to choose devices designed for outdoor use. It is easy to fall in love with a fixture, only to discover that it is only used indoors.
 Think of a Dark Sky fixture: Many retailers now offer outdoor lighting that helps reduce light pollution. These dark sky devices control the direction of light to minimize glare while reducing light intrusion and sky glow.


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