For very tall spaces you can cheat the lights up slightly but going too far above 72 inches is generally not recommended.
Can light over front door.
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For fluorescent or led options divide the calculated wattage by 4.
For 9 foot ceilings use a 6 inch down rod.
Choose a window grid design that underscores your home s architectural style.
1 4th or 1 3rd the width of the door frame centered above door 6 above the door front entrance hanging lights.
Sizing of wall lights will be determined by the height of your door.
In most front door and entry areas your outdoor sconces and wall lights should be positioned so that the center point is right around 66 to 72 inches above the floor.
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A 13 to 15 watt led bulb labeled 60 to 70 watt equivalent per fixture is usually enough.
Ceiling fans should be hung close to the ceiling unless your porch has exceptionally high ceilings.
Larger front porches may also feature a pendant light above the front door or exterior ceiling fans.
This lets additional light into your home making your entry seem larger.
With two lights they should be approximately one quarter the height of the door.
Open up your front entry with full length windows on both sides of your door.
6 above the door front door wall sconces carriage lights.
1 4th or 1 3rd the height of the door in inches at least 6 from door frame.
Sidelites or sidelights and transoms with clear glass bathe your entryway with daytime light.
66 from floor to center of fixture front porch ceiling lights.
Sidelights are vertical pieces of glass placed on the sides of an entry door to add more natural light to your home.
In both cases they should be mounted so that the center of the lamp is 66 inches above the ground.
Full light sidelights allow in the most light while craftsman light sidelights have smaller panes of glass for more privacy.
For example two 60 watt incandescents for your front door fixtures can therefore be replaced by 15 watt leds.
Transoms above the door and sidelites on one or both sides of the door make your entry visually taller and wider creating a first impression that sets the tone for the rest of your home.
Door framing lights placed 6 to 12 inches from the door casing are a natural choice for symmetrical entries.