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Updating your Porch Lighting

by Danielle Russodivito 06/28/2020

Image by David Papazian from Shutterstock

Porch lighting is an essential part of a home's curb appeal. It offers much more than help navigating in the dark or a pretty accent for your front door. A brightly lit porch can enhance security and also save you money on your energy bill.

Where will you place it?

The location of your porch light helps you choose the right fixture. When updating an existing light, your choices may be limited if you don’t want to relocate your electricity or create additional patching or painting tasks. If your project is bigger or you are starting from scratch, your options are unlimited. In addition to the traditional placement on either side of the door, porch lights can be hung from above or be installed on posts.

What is the style of your home?

The architecture of your home also dictates the kind of fixture you should choose. If your home does not have any defining characteristics, your style is all you need. Porchlights can be found in several styles and designs with modern, casual and traditional options widely available. Consider a traditional style for a colonial home or a rustic fixture for a log cabin.

What is the size of your entry door?

The size of your porch light should balance with the size of your door. For example, if you have a standard-size door of six-feet eight-inches, it is recommended that your porch light be between 5 and 9 inches wide. A porch light that is 10 to 12 inches wide will balance with an eight-foot door. Choose the same or similar widths when installing multiple fixtures.

What are the features?

Motion sensitive porch lights feature a built-in sensor that turns on the light when a person or pet moves into the range of the sensor. A daylight sensitive light has a timer that automatically turns on the lights at dusk. Most decorative porch lights feature built-in dusk to dawn photoelectric eyes, which means you won't need to think about turning on the porch light. 

If you want a bright porch light, check the wattage recommendations for the fixture you’re considering. Do not exceed the fixture's wattage as this could cause damage. Replace your incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs or outdoor-rated compact fluorescent bulbs.

Installing the right porch light can add charm to your home and significantly boost your curb appeal. If you need guidance or installation assistance, ask your realtor for recommended lighting professionals or contractors to help with your project.

About the Author
Author

Danielle Russodivito

I found my passion in real estate in 2011 when I purchased my first condo in Suffern, NY. I loved looking at properties online, in person, and on TV. I was also very into the interior design aspect of the career as well. 

I loved the whole idea of helping others reach the next step in their lives. For two years after I purchased my condo, I saved my money and worked full-time at my father's restaurant, Marcello's, until I had enough to go full force into real estate. I received my license in New York and New Jersey, which is very convenient since the border is 5 minutes away.

Before real estate, I worked in various customer service positions, as well as my father's restaurant since 2004. I eventually sold my condo in 2013, and purchased a house. In total, I have personally been through two purchases, and two sales. I am now a broker associate/salesperson in NY & NJ. 

Experience

I have experience with listings, buyers, short sales, foreclosures, investors, commercial, rentals, relocation, USA, multi-family, buy and hold and flips.  

Licensed in New York and New Jersey since June 2013.

Achievements

2014 Rookie of the Year for Rand Realty

2014 Rookie of the Year for Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate (USA & Canada)  

Sales

2014: 17 Units — Gross Sales $6,665,500 Silver Award, Rookie of the 

2015: 8 Units — Gross Sales $3,529,150 Silver Award 

2016: 25 Units — Gross Sales $4,593,000 Silver Award

2017: 47 Units — Gross Sales $12,211,280 Platinum Award 

2018: 24 Units — Gross Sales $3,589,720 Silver Award  

2019: 24 Units — Gross Sales $4,075,550 (New Company without Awards) 

Certifications

2014 C.O.R.E Transnational Management 

2017 Certified Home Stager 

2017+ USAA Certified 

2017+ Relocation Certified  

Member of:

Hudson Gateway MLS - New Jersey MLS - Real Source - Garden State MLS Hudson County MLS - National Association of Realtors (NY/NJ) 

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