Entry way lighting can make anyone’s home look immediately more welcoming and since there is nothing worse than fumbling around in the dark for the keys to your door installing some outdoor lighting is a fantastic home upgrade.
If your home features an overhang or front porch an outdoor ceiling light or pendant is the perfect addition to create ambient lighting. Often times, front porches already have an electrical fixture installed in the ceiling just wait to be hooked up to a light.
The first step to shopping for outdoor ceiling entryway light is to choose which option is best for your home – pendant or ceiling light. The main difference being that a pendant will hang on a chain or down-rod while a ceiling light will hang flush against the ceiling. The key factor in this decision is the height of your ceiling. The rim of the pendant should hang about 7 feet above the floor. Aside from the problem with guests hitting their heads on pendants hung on low ceilings, the decision between flush and pendant can simply be made on style preference.
Outdoor lights are typically labeled as suitable for dry, damp or wet locations. This is an important detail to consider when choosing your outdoor ceiling light. Most likely it is best to get a light suitable for at least damp areas because these lights can handle condensation, fog and lights mists. If your light will be in direct rain or snow you will need a light suitable for wet locations.
Outdoor lighting installation is very similar to installing a light inside. Safety is the number one thing to be concerned with when installing outdoor lighting. Be sure to do it on a nice dry day and check that the electricity with a voltage tester even after the breaker has been switched off. Each outdoor light will come with specific instructions.
Entryway lighting is a perfect way to enhance the architectural design of your home. Outdoor lighting can be found in the following styles and more:
By matching the style of your home to your new outdoor lighting, you can create a cohesive and aesthetically pleasing look to your home.
Similar to other categories of outdoor lighting, outdoor ceiling lights and pendants are available as 12 volt and 120 volt. If 12 volt will provide bright enough light for your outdoor needs, (12 volt can withstand between 4-50 watts) it is a safer option, however the majorities of ceiling lights are 120 volt and there are few safety concerns since ceiling lights are installed off the ground, protected by a roof and designed to be outdoors.
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