For those early dark fall and winter nights outdoor lighting is very important as you come home. Outdoor lighting provides entrance lighting, security, and a great way to accent your home's style and show it off. One of the toughest challenges of outdoor lighting is mounting the outdoor lantern at the appropriate height for the entrance door or garage lighting. The height of an outdoor lantern should be based on the height of the door. Selecting the right-sized outdoor lantern can sometimes pose a challenge, but if you follow these sizing guidelines your fit will be just right.
FOR 1 LANTERN: The height of a lantern should be based on the height of the door. If you place a lantern on only one side of the door, it should measure one-third the height of the door. The center of the bulb should rest 66" above the threshold of the door.
FOR 2 LANTERNS: When two lanterns are used on either side of the door, they should each measure approximately one-fourth the height of the door. The center of the bulb should rest 66" above the threshold of the door.
TIP: In either case, if you choose a fixture with a long tail or top scroll, pay attention to the overall bulk of the fixture.
DON'T UNDERSIZE YOUR LANTERNS: As a rule of thumb, your lantern should appear to be about half the size of your door from 50' away. Visualize the front of your home as guests and neighbors would view it from the street. When in doubt, always go larger.
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