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Tips for Choosing a Porch Light

by Kelly Lee McFrederick 03/09/2020

Image by David Papazian from Shutterstock

Porch lighting is an essential part of a home's curb appeal. It offers much more than help navigating in the dark or a pretty accent for your front door. A brightly lit porch can enhance security and also save you money on your energy bill.

Where will you place it?

The location of your porch light helps you choose the right fixture. When updating an existing light, your choices may be limited if you don’t want to relocate your electricity or create additional patching or painting tasks. If your project is bigger or you are starting from scratch, your options are unlimited. In addition to the traditional placement on either side of the door, porch lights can be hung from above or be installed on posts.

What is the style of your home?

The architecture of your home also dictates the kind of fixture you should choose. If your home does not have any defining characteristics, your style is all you need. Porchlights can be found in several styles and designs with modern, casual and traditional options widely available. Consider a traditional style for a colonial home or a rustic fixture for a log cabin.

What is the size of your entry door?

The size of your porch light should balance with the size of your door. For example, if you have a standard-size door of six-feet eight-inches, it is recommended that your porch light be between 5 and 9 inches wide. A porch light that is 10 to 12 inches wide will balance with an eight-foot door. Choose the same or similar widths when installing multiple fixtures.

What are the features?

Motion sensitive porch lights feature a built-in sensor that turns on the light when a person or pet moves into the range of the sensor. A daylight sensitive light has a timer that automatically turns on the lights at dusk. Most decorative porch lights feature built-in dusk to dawn photoelectric eyes, which means you won't need to think about turning on the porch light. 

If you want a bright porch light, check the wattage recommendations for the fixture you’re considering. Do not exceed the fixture's wattage as this could cause damage. Replace your incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs or outdoor-rated compact fluorescent bulbs.

Installing the right porch light can add charm to your home and significantly boost your curb appeal. If you need guidance or installation assistance, ask your realtor for recommended lighting professionals or contractors to help with your project.

About the Author
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Kelly Lee McFrederick

Kelly Lee McFrederick, a native of Clearwater Beach, Florida and graduate from the University of Florida, is well regarded and respected as a proven real estate associate for over 15 years, broker associate, real estate instructor and Certified International Property Specialist and now Instructor status. She thrives in the international marketplace and is a member of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Asian Real Estate Association of America. Kelly Lee continues her passion in real estate with certifications in Resort and Second-Home Property Specialist and memberships in the International Consortium of Real Estate Associations. She travels to approximately four countries a year building relationships and sharing listings and information on Florida. In 2017, Kelly Lee traveled with the Asian Real Estate Association throughout Southeast Asia and spoke about Florida real estate in Singapore and in 2018 traveled with Pinellas International Council to Dominican Republic on another real estate trade mission.

Her most valuable attribute is her client commitment. She believes in representing every client with the utmost in professionalism and proficiency. Kelly Lee brings a wealth of experience and current knowledge to all her customers and is dedicated to helping them achieve their goals, being their strongest ally and proven negotiator. As an experienced luxury home, condominium and town home specialist, with proven experience in development, she is currently listing and marketing luxury town homes in 747North, a new downtown development in St. Petersburg. With continual sales in multi-family and commercial, Kelly is aggressive in marketing all properties. Utilizing professional 3D photography,staging, wordsmith copy-writing and all marketing tools through Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, she takes full advantage of her associations with the top brokerage and social media to promote and reach all buyers.

Kelly Lee has lived and enjoys vivaciously the Florida Gulf Coast lifestyle, from growing up on Clearwater Beach to residing in urban downtown St. Petersburg, she shares it all on her “You Tube” channel.  An avid tennis player, golfer and a lifetime spent boating up and down the Florida coast, she understands the Florida legacy. Kelly Lee is also a generous contributor and member of the St. Pete Chamber of Commerce, a dedicated alumna of the 2014 Leadership St. Pete class, social member of the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel, St. Petersburg Yacht Club, and membership chair of Infinity Charity donating time and money to those in need. She is involved with committees that encourage the growth of the community and is a notable board member of the Arts Alliance of St. Petersburg. Preparing to buy or sell your home or property, Kelly Lee McFrederick, as an Accredited Home Staging Professional Master, and past trainer for StagedHomes.com, is passionate and knowledgeable on the Gulf Coast of Florida and is the choice when looking for a real estate professional serving the Gulf Coast.