Whether you live in a large city, a small town, the mountains of North Carolina, or the beaches of South Carolina, porch lights have universal meaning. They are welcoming beacons for visitors and household members who have been away. You might not, however, give your porch light much thought on a daily basis unless it stops working. This feature, though, is actually quite important and plays a big role in the overall look of your home’s entryway. As you read on, you will see some fun ideas for how you can make your porch light a real showstopper.
- Two is better than one – If your home already has the right wiring, or if you’re planning an extensive remodel, consider installing two porch lights that flank your front door. Not only will this add symmetry to your front door, but it will provide you and your family with more light, making it an especially good option for anyone who lives on a dark, sparsely populated street. If you choose to go this route, make sure the porch lights you pick are an appropriate size; going too big can overwhelm your front door and too small can look off from a design standpoint.
- Create a line of light – If your home doesn’t have a covered front porch, but you still want to provide both your family and your guests with exterior lighting, look into installing lights in a line along the front of your home. One great tip is to pick light fixtures that project light vertically from both the top and the bottom. This will illuminate the area outside of your home without glaring into people’s eyes as they approach the door.
- Consider hanging lights – Few types of porch lights make more of a visual impact than hanging lights. These often have a lantern-like appearance and look great on all kinds of houses. If you live in a traditional abode, something with a Colonial style is likely to mesh well with your decor. If, on the other hand, your taste runs more Bohemian and eccentric, consider a Moroccan inspired piece to hang from the ceiling of your front porch.
- Don’t neglect the steps – If safety is your primary concern when planning your new outdoor lighting scheme, don’t forget to add lights to your front steps. Not only will this provide extra illumination overall, but it will prevent people from tripping and falling when they arrive home after dark. This is particularly important during the winter months when darkness often falls even before dinnertime!
- Look into recessed lights – Whether you have a small entry area or you just can’t find an exterior light fixture that fits your vision, recessed lighting is an option for outdoor spaces, especially those that have covered porches. Adding a few canned lights to your porch ceiling is a great way to provide ample lighting without taking up valuable real estate around your front door.
If you are interested in trying any of these porch light options, give the team at Hatch Homes a call. Even though hanging a porch light might not seem like a complicated task, it’s best to leave anything involving electrical wiring to the experts. Our team of professionals has long been serving families throughout North Carolina and South Carolina, and you can rest assured that no job is too small for us. We want to help you however we can so schedule your consultation right away.