Curb appeal. It’s the favorable first impression others have of your home as seen from the street. You need it whether you are a builder marketing a home for sale or a homeowner welcoming friends and family. Your exterior light fixtures are one of the first things others notice when forming their first impression. Appropriately sized and styled fixtures add to curb appeal, provide a warm welcome, and safely guide visitors to your door. The most important factors to consider when making your selection are size, color, and style.
Size: The biggest mistake made in selecting outdoor lighting is choosing light fixtures that are too small.
Color: Choose a color that complements the exterior color scheme.
Style: Many of today’s homes are not one particular style; they incorporate elements of several styles.
How Much Light? 60-75 watts total of incandescent light per fixture or 20 watts of CFL (compact fluorescent) is ideal for most decorative exterior wall fixtures and post lanterns.
Mounting Height: Exterior wall-mounted light fixtures should be mounted slightly above eye level on most houses—about 66” above the threshold.
Front Door: The most popular way to light the front door is with a pair of fixtures—one on each side of the door.
Garage Doors: Install a lantern on each side of the garage door or a lantern over the top of each door depending on style and space.
Back Doors: Don’t skimp. Choose fixtures that match the rest of the house and are not too small.
Post Lanterns: Use a post lantern when light from the front door doesn’t reach the parking area.
Deck/Patio Lighting: Post lanterns can be installed around the perimeter of a deck or patio using pier mounts on the railing or wall, or standard posts installed in the ground.
Energy Savings: You can install energy-saving compact fluorescent bulbs in many of our fixtures.
Dark Sky: A growing number of cities and states are passing “dark sky” ordinances to control the amount of light pollution going up into the sky from light fixtures. We offer a selection of fixtures that direct almost all of their light downward that are designed to address these needs.
Construction Material: Most Acclaim outdoor light fixtures are made of cast aluminum, a very durable option in most parts of the United States. We also offer some fixtures constructed of a resin, Permalite, and an engineered plastic, Durabrite, that are particularly suited for harsher coastal and salt-water areas. The construction material of each fixture is noted on its detail page.
Care and Cleaning: Exposure to the sun’s UV rays will age exterior light fixtures faster than anything else in most parts of the United States. Also high on the list of culprits are bird droppings and airborne pollution that settles as dust and grime. Follow these steps to keep your outdoor light fixtures looking their best:
Installation Tip: Use a bead of caulk around the backplate where the fixture attaches to the wall to keep water out of the junction box. Leave a little break in the caulk at the bottom of the backplate to allow any moisture that gets in a way to escape.
UL Listing: All Acclaim exterior light fixtures are either UL or ETL Listed for damp or wet locations. A fixture with a wet location listing is required if water or other liquids will drip, splash or flow on or against the fixture. Otherwise either a damp or a wet listing is appropriate outside.
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