Ask the Expert – Lighting

Christine, What size of outdoor lighting is appropriate? I have builder size and grade right now, which translates to small. I have been looking online, but everything seems huge! Is […]

Christine,

What size of outdoor lighting is appropriate? I have builder size and grade right now, which translates to small. I have been looking online, but everything seems huge! Is there a proper scale to use?

– Brenda P., Phoenix, Arizona

Yes, Brenda, there is a scale; bigger is better for sure.

Remember, lights will be observed from at least fifty feet away! A simple rule of thumb to keep in mind is the height of your outdoor fixture should be based on the height of the door or opening. If a single side lantern is used, the piece should be approximately one-third the height of the door. If two lights are used on either side of the door, the pieces used can be slightly smaller, say one-quarter of the height of the entryway. Also, the height for hanging is sixty-six inches from the threshold. I hope that helps.

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