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Proportion is key when choosing exterior fixtures. A pair of lanterns like this should be roughly one-fourth the height of the door.
Choose a fixture color that complements the exterior of the home. Bronze looks great with earth tones and has become more popular in interiors and exteriors. Brass is less popular, because it doesn't tend to hold up as well as some other materials. If you love the look of brass, make sure to choose a weather-resistant finish.
Frosted glass is a great low-maintenance choice for outside lighting. It prevents glare and doesn't have to be cleaned as often as clear glass.
Outdoor task lighting is crucial if you're looking to do more than just sit on your porch or patio. Pin lights like these are perfect for reading outside on a warm summer's night.