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Outdoor Lighting Welcomes You Home

Posted by Gavin Martin on Sat, October 02, 2010

Elk Outdoor LightingFront entrance lighting, as well as overall outdoor lighting is the first thing that welcomes your guests as they approach your home. As such, it creates the first impression of your home, particulary in the evening. It is important to take extra time in selecting the proper light and styles for both visual appeal and security. Outdoor lighting is available in many styles just like interior lighting, so you can easily harmonize the lighting inside and out with the architectural elements and increase the curb appeal of the home.

Create your outdoor living spaces with lighting that accentuates your style. Wall lanterns and chain hung lanterns spread a warm glow and set the right mood for relaxation and entertaining.

Plan on using pier or post mounts near driveways or walkways, chain hung lanterns or flush mounts above the front door and wall lanterns on each side of the entranceway.

Designs are available from casual to ornate to match any decor.


Wall lanterns on each side of the front door give your home a warm, welcoming look. Hang them approximately 66 inches above the bottom of the door, slightly above eye level. The height of the wall lanterns should be from 1/5 to 1/6 of the entrance height.

A wall lantern can be used to light other entrances to the home, mounted on the keyhole side of the door.

Chain hung lanterns and wall lanterns can be used to add illumination to outdoor living spaces.

Choose a chain hung lantern or flush mount to hang above the front door beneath an overhang for added light and visual appeal.

Add a pier mount or post light near driveways and walkways for added illumination and security.


  • Wall Lantern
  • Flush Mount
  • Chain Hung Lantern
  • Pier or Post Mount


  • LED - Long lasting bulbs with energy savings greater than conpact fluorescent bulbs.
  • Compact Fluorescent (CFL) - Readily available, uses existing fixture's sockets, more efficient than incandescent bulbs.
  • Photocell - Does the work for you by turning fixture on at night and off during the day.

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