Brighten up those dark winter evenings and make an entrance using lights.
There are so many reasons to plan and design entrance lighting, the right lighting will provide a warm welcome, visibility, a safe bright passageway and a great first impression. There are lots ways to create the ideal outdoor entrance lighting, we discuss some of the lighting fixture options you have below.
Obvious but worth a mention, is to select lighting designed for outdoor use. This will be protected from the elements and be waterproof.
Wall lights are the most common source of outdoor front entrance lighting. Other lighting sources; such as, hanging pendants, ceiling lights and recessed lighting are also available.
Wall lights can be used either on their own or alongside other lighting, and the size of the wall light should be gaged by the height of the door. So, if using a single wall light, the fitting should be around one third of the door’s height, and if using two wall lights, go for a fitting around one quarter of the door’s height. Mount wall lights so that they are 66” away from the ground.
If the entrance has a roof or overhang, perhaps consider some signature lighting, such as a pendant or ceiling lights. Ensure that the bottom of the pendant is 6” above the top of the door and that the scale of the pendant works in proportion to the door. Flush mounted and ceiling lights can work well, providing ample light and keeping focus on the door, whilst recessed lighting should be placed close to the door to avoid shadows.
The perfect entrance may be designed using a mixture of the above, in which case the lighting can be layered in a similar way to a lighting scheme indoors.