How To Choose The Best Front Door Lighting

High-quality, resistant front door lights will help you brighten up your pathway and increase the security of your property for you, your family and guests in the darkest hours. Whether you choose a traditional wall light, a contemporary pendant or energy-efficient security lights, front doors lights are eye-catching accessories that can boost the appearance of your property. 

However, not all front door lights have the same features, and like indoor lighting, there are four main factors to consider: the overall type of light ambience, the task you want it to perform, the space available, and the accent (i.e the style).

To help make your choice faster and easier, here at Dusk Lighting, we have some top tips to look out for when choosing the best front door light to suit your home. 

Wall lights 

Wall lights are one of the most secure ways to light up your front door. Fixed wall lanterns and mounted spots are convenient as you can change their direction anytime, meaning you won’t have direct lighting shining in your eyes. If you don’t want intense bright light all the time, you can use wall lights with dimmable switches and change the brightness.

As outdoor wall lights will come in contact with the elements, you must choose long-lasting finishes. Our collection of outdoor wall lights, for example, include a wide range of wall lanterns with durable, eye-catching and resistant finishes, including brass, copper or glass, which are anti-corrosion, anti-rust and waterproof materials. 

For more designs, check out our extensive collection of outdoor wall lights

Front Door Pendants and Porch Lights

Outside pendants and porch lights are ideal for both traditional and vintage aesthetics, and they don’t require a lot of space. However, before purchasing a pendent or porch light, check the height to ensure you can open the door and contact an electrician if you don’t know how to install the lighting properly. 

If you want to save some money on your electricity bill, we recommend using LED lights bulbs as they are energy-efficient and eco-friendly products that don’t contain mercury.

Lampposts

Lampposts won’t only help you light up the outdoor of your property, but they’ll create a personalised, welcoming ambience and make your entire pathway even more beautiful. Generally, lampposts are used in remote residential areas with big gardens as these properties include larger outdoor spaces that need more light during the night.

Compared to more flexible wall lights, you can’t change the light angle from a lamppost, and it might be harder to replace the bulbs. 

Depending on your budget and needs, you could use a combination of wall lights, pendants and lampposts so that you’ll always have enough light leading up to your front door while highlighting your landscape and architectural features. 

Security Lights

If you’re looking for a balance of security and style, security lights are the perfect investment. As we wrote in our previous blog posts about outdoor lights, security lights are ideal for front doors and for creating a safe environment in your pathway, patio and garden. 

Designed with extra-bright LED lights and a motion-activated camera with two-way audio and night vision, they can record any movements outside your property while lighting up your front door. 

Most of the security lights on the market have a passive infrared (PIR) sensor that only activates when objects or people come into its field of view. However, if birds or animals accidentally pass through, they might trigger the lights, so you must install them where it is less likely that creatures will move past them. 

Outdoor Solar Lighting

If you’re looking for an energy-efficient lighting solution, we recommend installing outdoor solar lights. As with security lights, solar lighting includes PIR sensors for activation, which means they’ll store and transform solar energy into power that actives after dark. 

Our branded solar outdoor lights are not only practical, but they look great in both traditional and contemporary outdoor settings. For more design inspiration, check out our extensive solar lighting collection

Outside Garage Lights

As well as lighting your front door, you may also want to light up your garage to avoid any accidents. A one side wall lantern should be sufficient for a one-car garage. If you have a double garage, it would be best to provide enough light on either side of the doors or, for extra security, above the door. 

Whether you choose one or more lights, check that their position does not interfere with the opening and closing of the garage door. 

Tech Lighting

In such a technological world, it’s easy to control indoor and outdoor lighting remotely. You can even check their current status from your smartphone using Google Home, Alexa or Siri. 

Tech lighting makes great security lighting due to its remote features. The Lutec Esa Security PIR Motion Sensor, for example,  is a great front door lighting solution for security and practicality. Designed with energy-efficient LED lights, an alarm buzzer and CCTV, it is possible to record and send sharp HD video straight to an app so that you can check and control your outdoor area from anywhere. 

Whether you choose a practical wall lamp, an eye-catching pendant light or a high-tech security light, make sure that you choose a high-quality, certified lighting solution. For more lighting designs, check out our full outdoor lighting collection at Dusk Lighting.

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