Exterior light fixtures often supply a distinct focal point for a porch or deck, but they can also be used more subtly to accent striking architecture. The small-scale sconces here play a supporting role for the pretty shingle patterning and striking garage door.
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If space restrictions prevent you from placing sconces to either side of a front door or overhead, look elsewhere to boost the overall illumination. Here, a single midsize fixture brightens and lightens the entryway, while complementary sconces add light to the garage arrival.
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Scale plays a role in the success and usefulness of exterior lighting. Too-big fixtures will detract from an overall assembly of materials and colors, while too-small fixtures won’t illuminate entryways and walkways successfully. For a small to midsize entry such as this, midsize sconces work well to complement the cottage-like collection of details and colors, while offering enough light for secure front entry.
Exterior lighting schemes also include ceiling fans, which offer comfort, decorative accent, and — if installed with a lighting source — illumination. Here, the homeowners rely on this version for air movement. To provide illumination the homeowners instead rely on a transitionally styled lantern-influenced sconce.
These path led lights are pretty solid metal and look really good. I was worried after reading lots of reviews about transformers going out in a couple of days, but for me, it has worked well for about a week and a half now.
The installation was pretty common sense. The hardest part is trying to bury the cords, especially where the branch out at the base of the stakes. I had to mound up soil around the base as our ground is hard and I could push them into the soil all the way.
The verdict is still out on the durability of the transformer, or plug, it looks just like a charger for a power tool or something. The lights are way brighter than solar and actually are reliable compared to solar.
I bought 2 rail lights to add to the package and it works, all under 35 watts. So, for now, I recommed buying these. If you don’t play with electrical wires, splicing and using wire nuts, these cords just screw together.
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Exterior lighting offers an easy way for homeowners to complement an already established design aesthetic. Take symmetry, for example: It’s used on facades to establish order and visual regularity. This Italianate-inspired exterior features pretty wood doors and metal railings, complemented by a matching duo of sconces.
When it comes to exterior lighting, smaller spaces benefit from several fixtures at a lower wattage rather than a large fixture with an intense illumination. This compact front entry utilizes an overhead fixture and sconce that work together to offer safe passage.
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Vertical placement is important to how well exterior sconces work for practical needs. Using the center of a light source as a guide general, mount sconces at least 5-1/2 feet but no more than 6 feet from the ground, which will help keep the light from shining too brightly in eyes.
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As with a home facade, other structures can benefit from well-considered exterior lighting. Sconces here — placed at about head height — offer pleasing illumination, particularly at dusk when natural light begins to fade. Paths are another area that benefit from exterior light. Choose fixtures that cast their glow downward or that use hoods; you’ll prevent glare from blinding walkers.
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Use your home’s exterior lighting fixtures to add safety and beauty to both architecture and the landscape.
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I installed our 8-Piece Frayser QuickFit LED Pathlight Lighting Set a couple weeks ago. Wow, are we happy with this new technology! Over the years we have used solar lights where this a lot of sun, but we wanted to find ways to effectively light up our home and garden areas where we have a lot of shade.
Finally we found the BEST solution! The Frayser QuickFit LED system is truly awesome. We installed the system in 35minutes….I could not believe how easy it was. And then when it got dark, wow…these lights really light our home, garden and pathway.
We have struggled a few times installing the old-style lowvoltage lighting systems over the years with heavy wires, big power boxes and bulbs to replace. Those old systems took me hours to install with expensive light bulbs to replace each year.
Without a doubt this is best system we have ever installed and what surprise to learn there are no bulbs to replace….all LEDs which are sure to last us a lifetime. Excellent quality construction, good looking product, impressive light pattern/light color/and really lights up the space, easy to install, expandable with add on fixtures, breakthrough pricing .
Critical details on lighting fixtures help to bolster the architectural style of a home’s exterior. Crackled glass and burnished bronze in these lantern-style sconces enhance the Colonial-style wood shingles and hardware on the historically minded facade of this home.
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Advances in lightbulb technology have made it easier than ever to install fixtures that conserve energy and last longer. In these lantern-style fixtures, newer compact-fluorescent and LED technology equals bulbs that resemble incandescent features, but without the wasted heat and energy, and quick lifespan. Make sure to check your fixture’s recommended bulb size and style before choosing a replacement.
With the right placement, fixtures can often play multiple roles in exterior lighting schemes. Think about your home: Where can smart arrangement of sconces or overhead lights do double duty? Can a fixture outside an exterior door also provide illumination for a seating area? Here, a metal sconce offers enough light for both the front door and mailbox.
Advanced lighting controls offer a boon for homeowners searching for more convenient ways to control their exterior illumination. Newer wireless controls also eliminate the need for expensive, intrusive wiring. Look into controls that can enable you to turn sconces such as these — placed to enhance safety and the view of the landscape — off and on from inside your home.
There are different UL ratings for exterior fixtures that will impact what fixture you use and where you install it. UL Damp Rated products can be used in covered patios and covered porches that offer full protection from water, while Outdoor Wet Rated products can be used in any location in which they may come in contact with water. Because it’s not fully protected, a fixture in a location such as this front entry should be Outdoor Wet Rated.
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This Better Home and Gardens landscape and pathway lighting set added a classy look to the front of my home both in the day and night time. It was so easy to install and a fraction of the cost of the build-your-own sets on the market.
My wife has always wanted landscape lighting, but after pricing some of the decent sets at Home Depot and Lowe’s, we had sticker shock. An individual light cost between $20 and $40, plus a transformer that costs between $50 and $150, plus the costs of wiring, stakes, and accessories.
After adding all of this up, we were going to end up paying between $500 and $1000 for a halfway decent setup which just wasn’t in the budget. I took a trip to walmart and found this nice little set made of cast aluminum and came with a 5 year warranty for under $100, so I thought we would give it a try.
Everything I needed came right in the box from the transformer, to the lights, to the wires. I read the well-written instructions, but the project was so simple I probably didn’t need to. Installation only took about 15-20 minutes after I decided how I wanted to arrange and space out the lights.
This was literally as simple as putting up Christmas lights. The light that emits from them adds a nice ambiance that is bright enough, but not too bright. It really makes our home look nice from the street.
The metal construction is really sturdy, the wires are generous in length and a pretty decent gauge that seems like they will last a while. They turn on at dusk and turn off at dawn. PROS: Same quality as create your own set at a fraction of the price, high quality and sturdy construction, attractive light color, automatically comes on at dusk, shuts off at dawn, low power consumption, expandable and able to be customized, many accessories available, comes with generous amount of wires and everything you need to install.
When homeowners install exterior light fixtures, they’re doing so with a close-up view. That’s misleading, because many lighting fixtures appear too small streetside. Keep that in mind when choosing sconces, porch ceiling fixtures, and post lanterns. The latter — used here — are a good replacement for individual path lights.
Although vertical scale is an important design factor in choosing fixtures, horizontal hierarchy is critical, too. The floor-to-ceiling height of this front porch isn’t overly dramatic, but the length of the space is significant. That helped provide design guidance for the sconces, which have a sizable glass orb in scale with the outside area.
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Had this running for a couple of weeks and it seems great. The path lights aren’t super bright but placed within 6ft of each other, they provide plenty of nice warm light. The transformer was an issue for a lot of people but not for me.
Be careful to cap the end of your light wiring with the provided cap, and secure each connection tightly so it doesn’t get water in it. The transformer says it outputs 1.95amps at 18v(i wanted to know this but couldn’t find it anywhere.
..). If mine fails, i’ll just get a universal transformer and splice it in.
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Different exterior fixtures have different arm styles; it’s a great detail to use to enhance existing architectural details on a home. Swing arms, commonly used inside, are movable and are perfect for tasks such as reading. These supported arm styles feature gentle scrolling and curls that enhance the ornate metalwork on the rest of the home.
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Choosing a single fixture family can be a good way to eliminate some decision-making factors for exterior lighting. Families generally have a single design style with multiple options — chandelier, sconces, ceiling fixtures, and pendants, for example. This eclectic home relied on the same sconce for illumination at both the front door and on an upper deck, with a matching chandelier in an airy rooftop escape.