Outdoor lighting gets taken for granted. It’s bright, it’s night, and it’s on.
Proper lighting can add a new dimension to your home’s curb appeal, highlight features, enhance security, and illuminate steps and other ground effects.
Appearance and style are important; even when the light is off in daytime; the fixture contributes to the home’s appearance.
Fixture size is also an important element of appearance.
“For proper effect, an outdoor light has to be sized properly. Otherwise it can look ‘lost’ on the house,” said Eric Schaefer, manager of one of the two Light Source Lighting locations.
He said lights should be measured in proportion to the door. For example, a single front-door light fixture should measure about 1/3 the height of the door. If there are two lights, perhaps flanking the door, then the lights should measure about ¼ of door height.
Those proportions should also be applied to garage door lighting.
Schaefer noted that if a homeowner errs in sizing, it is better to “go a little larger” than smaller to increase safety, security and curb appeal.
Brightness is also a key factor in sizing. Wattage (or wattage equivalent, in the case of LED bulbs) should be at least 60 watts per fixture, but up to 100 watts is suitable if there is just one fixture.
In all cases, the “center” of light should be about 66 inches above the door threshold, Schaefer said. A general rule of thumb is to position front door lights at the eye level of an average height individual.
Family-owned Light Source, in business for some 20 years, offers large showroom locations in Plano and Plainfield, with a knowledgeable sales team providing personalized attention and assistance.
Light Source Lighting
12700 Route 34, Plano, IL 60545
16114 S. Route 59, Plainfield, IL 60586