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Front Porch Lighting Ideas

A properly lit front porch is inviting, safe and an opportunity to set the tone for your visitors. It also is a natural starting point when creating an outdoor lighting scheme. So consider this gallery of front porch lighting ideas the starting point to your starting point.

Look Upward

If you don’t have room on one or both sides of your door for a sconce, consider a ceiling-mounted light above the door. You'll want to place it somewhere that provides ample light to the door as well as the rest of your porch.

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Let It Hang

Another ceiling-mounted options is an outdoor pendant. If you have a high enough ceiling on your porch—or a peak—you’ll want to hang the pendant no lower than seven feet.

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Flank the Door

The symmetry of two sconces flanking a front door is pleasing to the eye, creating an intriguing and inviting atmosphere.

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Proper Proportions

A good rule of thumb is that your wall sconce should be about one quarter the height of your door height and hung at six feet.

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Play the Numbers

Consider placing a light where it can also illuminate your address numbers. A helpful addition for guests, delivery people and emergency responders.

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Get the Gate

A gate entrance to your front porch should be just as well-lit as your front door. The first thing to greet visitors should be a well-lit entryway.

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Keep It Simple

A single sconce at your door-side is minimalist and effective. You'll want to match the style of light to your homes architecture, whether that skews modern or traditional.

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Feeling the Modern Oasis Vibes

Setting some oversized lanterns down on your front porch will give your guests the feeling of arriving at a modern oasis.

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Advanced Geometry

Squares, rectangles, spheres… All perfectly acceptable ways to light your front porch. But you might want to consider a hexagon, too.

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Light the Way

If your front porch has a long entryway, you’ll want more lighting than just at the door. Add a light or two at key points on the way to your front door.

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Impact Resistant LED Ceiling and Wall Light - 3534/3535 from BEGA
Brace for Impact

An impact-resistant light can be a strong and stylish option. This particular light can be wall-mounted next to your door, or ceiling-mounted above it.

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Step Right Up

If your front porch has several steps, you shouldn't rely solely on lights placed up near your door. These lights go right into the steps of your front porch and make for safer passage and extra lighting features.

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Recessed Lights Aren’t Just For Indoors

A sleek way to add lighting to your porch is to borrow a trick from inside your home: recessed downlighting. Naturally, you'll want to make sure they're damp- or wet-rated for outdoor use.

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Keep the Continuity

These sconces aren’t exactly next to one another, but the fact that they’re matching squares, lends a nice continuity to your outdoor lighting scheme. Some lighting designers even make the same light in different sizes should you want matching lights in different scales.

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Garota Oudoor Wall Light By Alex Fernández Camps, from Bover
Bring the Indoors Out

You usually see woven lampshades for indoor use only, but these shades bring that concept outside. Thanks to a weather-proof fabrication method that will keep these looking good for years to come.

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Hip to Be Square

This sconce is a perfect square, and that allows for light to shine both downwards and up. The solid face creates a refraction of light back onto the walls that is commonly referred to as "wall washing" and a nice way to make your outdoor lighting less harsh.

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Turn the Corner

If you can’t quite fit two perfectly symmetrical sconces on either side of your door, you might still be able to have a similar effect by putting the matching sconce on the adjacent wall. This works best when there's a corner as seen here.

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High and Bright

A bright light can light up an area well, but make sure it’s diffused as to not be too harsh.

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Turn the Corner

Keeping it simple and gong with a basic door-side sconce is never a bad idea, but there are some fun options out there if you want to live a little.

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Make a Statement

Sometimes a conventional porch light just won’t do.

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Finding the perfect porch lighting scheme will not only illuminate a key point of entry (and help you find those keys), it can add another architectural element to your home. There are styles that wash walls in uplight and downlight for a highlighting effect on your home. Whether or not you have intricate exterior textures, these highlights improve your home’s look and up the safety factor when installed all around the perimeter of the house and above address numbers.

 

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