Last month we discussed Hinkley outdoor lanterns as well as several landscape lighting basics. To further your education, here are a few more tips to keep in mind when selecting outdoor wall sconces:
1. Proportion, proportion, proportion. When installing lights, you need to keep proportions in mind, using doors and windows as your guide. Here are some rules of thumbs:
- Front porch lights: 1/4th to 1/3rd the height of your front door
- Garage sconces: 1/4th the height of the garage door
- Hanging lanterns: Choose a fixture that is approximately 1/5th the height of your door. As a guide, center your hanging lantern and hang it 6” above the door. Adjust the height based on the look and feel of your entryway.
2. Get the correct UL Listing. Make sure you carefully read the labels.
- UL Damp means the fixture is suited for humid locations with no direct exposure to water—this fixture is good for partially covered porches, canopies, etc.
- UL Wet Listed means the fixture is suited to come in contact with rain, snow, and other wet elements—this fixture works well for uncovered porches, walkways, and gazebos.