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With so many types of outdoor lamps available these days, choosing the right light fixture for your home isn't always easy. However, some practical rules can help you narrow down your choices quickly so you can move on to the fun part: picking your lights! Keep these four tips in mind when you're choosing outdoor lighting.
Choose a style that fits your home. Your outdoor light fixtures should be in harmony with the style of your house, so that they look like they were always meant to be there. For example, if you have an Italianate house or bungalow with lots of decorative embellishments, it's best to use traditional lanterns or pendants in the Tuscan style.
Choose a color that matches your home's color scheme. Outdoor light fixtures are available in many different styles and materials, from plastic to glass and metal finishes ranging from polished brass to brushed nickel. Many come in several different colors as well as finishes such as oil-rubbed bronze or dark bronze for more subtle lighting effects outside on patios or decks where less glare would make guests feel more comfortable.
In order to determine the best size outdoor light, simply multiply the height of the door in inches by one-fourth (0.25) for a traditional look, or if you prefer a more bombastic design style then multiply your door measurement by one-third (0.33) and go big! For the larger size fixture simply adjust your math accordingly.
The placement of your new outdoor wall sconce should be at a height of 66 inches measured from the center of the fixture down to the floor. This same installation height should be used on each side of any side doorway as well as next to your garage door. In other words, if you would also like to place wall sconces on either side of your garage door or side entrance, you should follow these same fixture size measurements and installation guides.
Outdoor light power sources can be broken down into two categories: wired and wireless. Wired lights are hardwired to an electrical supply, while wireless lights are battery-powered and don't require any wiring.
Wireless lighting is generally cheaper than wired lighting, but requires periodic replacement of its batteries. For this reason, it's best for areas that don't need bright illumination during the evening hours (such as a path leading up to your front door). If you want a more steady source of light throughout the night, consider using low-voltage or high-voltage fixtures instead of wireless ones.
Low-voltage fixtures work much like regular household wiring but use 12V DC current instead of 120V AC current; they're perfect for backyard lighting since they're easy to install and won't overload your home's electrical system if something goes wrong with them later on down the line (like with other types of outdoor lights). High voltage fixtures convert 12V DC into 120V AC through an inverter so no additional equipment is needed in order for these kinds of outdoor lamps/lights!
Safety first! If you're installing an outdoor light fixture on your own, make sure it's wired safely—use the right tools and don't touch live wires.
The wrong bulbs are a common problem with outdoor light fixtures, so check if your particular fixture needs an adapter (a bulb that is specifically designed for that type of fixture). The wrong kind of bulb in a lamp could cause overheating or even fire hazards.
Make sure that the placement of your new outdoor lighting fixture isn't blocking an exit or walkway. Check local codes before installing any kind of electrical item outside, since some areas require special permits and inspections before they'll allow you to do so.
One of the easiest ways to freshen up a home’s exterior is to replace dated, tired outdoor light fixtures.