Outdoor Lighting has a big impact on your curb appeal.  Size and placement along with style should be carefully considered to best accentuate your home.  Here are some general guidelines to direct you on the right path to proper home illumination.  We are always happy to help you as well, just ask!

DON’T UNDER SIZE YOUR LANTERNS: As a rule, your lanterns should appear to be proportionate to the size of your door from 50' away.

FOR 1 LANTERN: If you place a lantern on only one side of the door, it should measure one-third (1/3) the height of the door. The center of the bulb should rest 66” above the threshold of the door.  Also, if using only 1 lantern, it should be mounted on the keyhole side of the door.

FOR 2 LANTERNS: When two lanterns are used, they should each measure approximately one-fourth (1/4) the height of the door. The center of the bulb should rest 66” above the threshold of the door.

In either case, if you choose a fixture with a long tail or top scroll, pay attention to the overall bulk of the fixture. When in doubt, always go larger.

Outdoor Lighting Size & Height Installation Guide

FIXTURE PLACEMENT

DETERMINE SIZE

MOUNTING HEIGHT

Pendant & Hanging Porch Lights

1/5th the height of the door

Centered; 6" Above the Door

Front Porch Lights & Wall Sconces

1/4th or 1/3rd the height of the door

66" from floor to center of bulb

Over Front Door Wall Lights

1/4th or 1/3rd the width of the door frame

Centered; 6" Above the Door

Garage Wall & Carriage Lights

1/4th or 1/3rd the height of the garage door

66" from floor to center of bulb

Over Garage Door Lights

1/4th or 1/3rd the width of the garage door frame

Centered; 6" Above the Door

Residential Lamp Post & Fence Lights

1/4th the height of the mounting pole or the fence post

5.5' to 6.5' from ground to bottom of fixture