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Lighting a Front Door or Entry Way

The right lighting at your front door or entry way is important, not only for safety and security, but also to create  a warm welcome for your guests and improve your curb appeal. Here are some considerations to keep in mind:

The lantern height should be based on the height of your door or opening. If there is only space to place the light on either side of the door, as in the photo below, it should measure 1/3 the height of the door. The center of the bulb should rest 66″ above the threshold of the door.

Horseshoe Bay home built by Summit Builders, Austin, Texas

Horseshoe Bay home built by Summit Builders, Austin, Texas

If two lanterns are used, they should measure 1/4 the height of the door or opening.
VII Front Door-2 lights

Rough Hollow, Austin, Texas home built by VII Custom Homes

Many people make the mistake of undersizing their outdoor lanterns, especially near the front door. For example, if your door is a standard 80 inches tall and you have an extra 20 inches of molding or trim, you will need a fixture that is about 25 inches tall. (80 + 20 /4) If that seems too large, try making a cardboard template, tape it at the suggested height and take a look at it from the street or the top of your driveway. When in doubt, always go larger.

Lighting designers say that two errors are consistently made by homeowners when it comes to lighting the front door or entry way. One is undersizing and the other is creating glare from a bulb that is too bright. Lower wattage will create a softer, more welcoming glow.
Georgetown, Texas home built by Stalwart Custom Homes

Georgetown, Texas home built by Stalwart Custom Homes

Our lighting specialists at Legend Lighting would appreciate the opportunity to assist you in selecting outdoor lighting for your new home or remodeling project, or simply help you upgrade your existing fixtures. Come see us soon to learn more!

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