If possible, it’s recommended that you buy and use bulbs that are designed specifically for outdoor use. The recommended minimum wattage for a light fixture near your front door is a 60-watt bulb (or the equivalent for CFL or LED bulbs). This wattage will provide a pretty good amount of illumination for everyday use.
This is an ideal solution for entries with low ceilings, screen or storm doors, and porches open to wet weather. Use a 23- to 40-watt LED bulb (100- to 125-watt equivalent) or multiple bulbs with the same total wattage.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What type of light bulb can I use outside?
Incandescents – In Covered Locations Standard incandescent bulbs and flood lights can be used outside as long as they are not exposed to rain or other elements. Otherwise, you need to check your bulb's packaging for an outdoor rating.
How bright should front door light be?
Q: How bright should these lights be? A: In the dark, a little bit of light goes a long way. Incandescent wattages can be kept in the 25 to 40 watts range (200 to 500 lumens). If you are using multiple fixtures then stay closer to 200 lumens per fixture.
Do you need a special light bulb for outside?
Outdoor light bulbs are much more resilient than bulbs used indoors. ... However, only incandescent flood light bulbs which are specifically designed to withstand exposure to direct rain or snow should be used outside. Halogen spotlights & flood light bulbs: These light bulbs may be used indoors or outdoors.
What's the best way to light an outdoor entryway?
A: The easiest way to ensure you have enough light without going overboard is to look for an outdoor wall light that covers the light source with a shade, plate or heavy diffuser. You don’t want a design that will have you looking directly into the light source (think of those old-timey nautical fixtures with exposed bulbs).
What kind of light bulbs are used in a lamp?
This group of bulbs and candle LEDs is used in chandeliers, outdoor lighting, and small accent lamps. Compact, high output bulbs and LEDs found in pendants, torchiere lights, desk lamps, and other portable lights. An incandescent light bulb or Standard LED found in a wide range of home lighting fixtures.
What kind of light to use in hallway?
MJK: If decorative lighting is required, and the ceiling is high, I would punctuate the hallway with a series of pendants. I could see long dramatic hallways punctuated with any of these from Tom Dixon: Pressed Glass Pendant, Lustre Light (Square Pendant Light), or Lustre Light (Round Pendant Light).