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Front Porch Lighting Ideas

By on Aug 15, 2016
Front Porch Lighting Ideas

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As the sun begins to set, many homeowners turn on a front porch light to illuminate their home. While many of us just see this as normal routine, leaving a light on is more than just illumination. It’s a welcoming sign for visitors and provides additional safety at night.

With this in mind, why just settle for any old light? By upgrading your front porch light fixture, you’re adding curb appeal and creating a warm environment for guests. There are many interesting front porch lights that will inspire you to rethink your current lighting. Here are a few outside lighting ideas to get you thinking about how you can spice up your porch.

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Farmhouse Style Entryway

Wall Lights

Porch wall lights are among the most common fixtures and come in a variety of styles to match your outdoor décor. There are classic looking lantern lights that look great on almost any front porch to modern circular porch lights. Vintage styles with Edison bulbs are becoming more trendy as homeowners bring back a classic look to their homes.

As you may guess, porch wall light fixtures are mounted to the outside of your home. If you’re replacing a wall mount light, this may be a DIY project for you, based on the product's instructions. Whenever you are working with electricity, always remember to shut the power off before beginning your project.

Outdoor Post Lights

Since it’s not attached to the home, outdoor porch post lights have the freedom to go where you’d like, making them an extremely versatile option for the homeowner who is thinking out of the box. Many times, these lights are placed on the entryway to the porch. These come in many classic styles either with one bright light or multiple bulb options and they stand alone. You’ll need to contact a pro for this installation, as the wiring can be complicated if you don’t already have a post light installed.

Outdoor post lights tend to be a costlier option in comparison to other porch lighting options, but is a great investment that will boost your home's curb appeal.

Hanging Porch Lights

Nothing compares to the elegance of a hanging front porch light. This welcoming light illuminates a front porch and if hung properly, will draw all the attention to the front door entryway. Many hanging porch lights cast a wide range of light, so it likely will not need any companion lights. This is a great option for homeowners who truly want to make their front porch a focal point of their home.

Home Security Lights

While porch security lighting may not be among the glamorous options for front porch lighting, it’s a great solution for those who are looking for function. Depending on your needs, flood lights can cost between $7 and $1,400, with much of the costs related to how large the area is for the lighting installation.

Flood lights that have motion and light detection are a perfect choice for a front porch, especially if you tend to come home in the evening. You no longer will have to question if the light will be on when you get home so you can safely get up the stairs. With motion-activated lights, they’re on when you arrive. Flood lights and other security lighting options also help deter burglars.

High Porch Lighting

Porch Ceiling Lights

Similar to deck and patio lighting, porch ceiling lights come in a wide variety to suit your needs. A popular choice in porch lighting is recessed can lighting. This timeless look illuminates your deck while keeping the light directly downward. This lighting option is a bright choice but can be dimmed with the help of a dimmer switch. Have a clear plan before purchasing and look for outdoor can lighting kits to be sure they can withstand the outdoor elements.

Landscape Lights

These lights are not necessarily limited to the front porch, but can be used to highlight areas of your home and entryway that you want to see at night. Often, landscape lights shine on a tree or feature of the home, illuminating the décor and providing light to the entryway. This lighting option is subtler than most and can work to subtly highlight your front porch.

Modern Porch Lighting

Energy Efficient Options

With any lighting installation, you’ll save money and resources by choosing an earth-friendly option. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, out of the average household’s energy budget, lighting contributes about 5% of the overall costs. If you think of the amount of light you use, it’s easy to see how this can be an opportunity to decrease your energy bill every month. Here are some ideas to ensure your front porch lighting is energy efficient.

  • Choose energy-efficient light bulb options such as LED or fluorescent. Always look for light bulbs with the Energy Star label on them, as those products have met the highest quality energy saving standards.
  • When possible, choose outdoor lighting that is on a timer or motion sensors. This saves energy by automatically turning off when it’s not needed.
  • Instead of a light switch to turn your porch lights on and off, invest in a dimmer switch, if your fixture allows.
  • If your front porch allows, choose a solar power lighting option, found in many outdoor lighting variations.


An upgrade or installation of front porch lighting can transform the look of your home, creating a focal point and a way to safely enter at night. From elegant to modern, you can easily create the style you desire with the various options available.

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