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Exterior Light Fixtures and Finding the Right Size

Exterior Light Fixtures and Finding the Right Size
  •    Lighting
  •    September 11, 2017
  •    Sachi (サチ) Kinoshita (木下)
  •    20 images


Choosing the right size for exterior light fixtures to install is always important. The right sized exterior house light fixtures thus can optimize the function and use of them. In fact, many homeowners often do this trivial but big mistake: purchasing fixtures that are too small. Here are some tips to guide you find the right lighting fixture size for home landscape.

Choosing the Right Exterior Light Fixtures

The rule of thumb when it comes to choosing exterior light fixtures for an entryway or door is to consider the height of the lantern or light fixture. It is ideally based on the height of the door or the door opening. Usually, if a single side lantern is installed, the fixture one third the door height. But if two fixtures flank a door, they can be slightly smaller, such as one quarter the entryway height.

The height where the fixtures are mounted also plays a critical consideration. Typically, it’s slightly above eye-level or about 66 inches above the door threshold. Think about the right arm style to fit the location of the outlet box too. Don’t undersize the exterior light fixtures as they tend to seem about half the actual size from 50’ away.

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