We wrote last time about pendant lighting for your patio, and since that post focused on your home’s backyard, we thought this time we’d focus on the front of the house. The front porch is a unique place, and it’s the first thing people see when they pull up to your house. It can be where you spend summer evenings talking with friends, and it’s perhaps the first outside spot you decorate for the holidays. Having the right lighting on your porch can make a big difference, both for safety and aesthetics. At Hacienda Lighting in Scottsdale, we have outstanding options for your front entry!
A Welcoming Glow
There’s something comforting about the welcoming glow of a front porch light, and your eye is often drawn to houses that have a light on as you drive down a street at night. If you’re arriving home late, it can be reassuring to know that someone (or a timer) turned the light on for you.
However, if you’re updating your front entry, it’s important to think about what style and size of fixture you need. A fixture that’s too big can overpower the space with light, and one that’s too small can make your porch feel unsafe when get home late at night.
You’ll want to think about whether you need a flush-mount, pendant, or wall-mounted light for your front porch. You can create a combination of all three, and the number of fixtures is often determined by the size of the space. A well-placed hanging fixture can properly illuminate your front door and give off that warm glow you want the rest of the neighborhood to see.
If there is a good distance between the last step and the door, consider adding outdoor sconces on either side of the door so that your guests can see as they approach. If your porch has a low ceiling, a flush or semi-flush fixture can suffice, and you can complement it with small sconces.
You want the style of your front porch fixtures to complement and enhance the design and architecture of your home, and it can be obvious if you choose a light that doesn’t match your house. Traditional lantern-style fixtures are a good choice for many homes, and rustic iron can be a good look for many residences in Arizona. If your home has a more modern appearance, consider fixtures with straight lines and little to no ornamentation. Your front lighting is what makes the first impression on people when they visit, and you want that impression to be a good one.
If you’ve been thinking about updating the lighting on your front porch, either for aesthetic or security reasons, come to Hacienda today. We can help you choose fixtures that meet your needs, and will gladly answer any questions you have about exterior lighting design. We can also help you understand how to maintain your new fixtures so they look great and shine bright for years to come.