Outdoor
Lighting
Guide

Design Your Front Door with Style

The entryway into your home can say so much about you and your style. Invite people in with a flair. It's simpler than you think. A quick coat of paint, a few accessories and, of course, the right lighting can turn a hum-drum door into a welcoming statement into your home.


Try these on-trend ideas from our experts:

Make a “WOW” Statement

The right lighting can turn a hum-drum front door design into a welcoming environment:

  • Have a generously sized front porch? Outdoor or oversized pendants are growing in popularity and give a door character.
  • If your entryway includes an overhead light, consider adding lights to the left and/or right side of your door. They’ll provide more lighting and allow you to incorporate distinctive style with traditional, transitional or modern lantern looks. To hang lantern lights around a door: choose fixtures about 1/4 to 1/3 the height of your front door and hang them 5’7” to 6’ from the ground.
Try a Finish Update

Black and gray tones are the latest must-have finishes for outdoor lighting. Our Weathered Zinc finish has been growing in popularity and is available on a variety of styles. Faux wicker pendants are also expected to gain traction, giving entryways a warm, outdoor living vibe.

Consider the Bulb

Why go with a boring pear-shaped bulb? Vintage style bulbs are readily available – and typically feature modern-day lighting technology. Our antique bulb can transform the look of a lighting fixture giving it an industrial style look. Head over to our bulb guide to find the perfect bulb to elevate the style of your front door.

Be Efficient

Energy efficient operation in doorway lighting is important since it’s used so much. Several Kichler Lighting outdoor collections include Energy Star® bulbs – assuring you not only have the right bulb for the fixture but also a fixture that costs less to operate. LED fixtures are also a smart choice, where a 25 to 40 watt LED will provide light that’s similar to a 40 to 60 watt incandescent. To learn more about energy efficiency and the products Kichler Lighting offers that qualify visit our LED guide



Looking for More Ideas?

Watch how we transformed two entryways with a coat of paint, a few accessories and distinctive lighting.

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