Outdoor Wall Mounted Light Fixtures
We are going to look at four different Outdoor Wall Mounted Light Fixtures from Hinkley Lighting. All of these fixtures will require the same wiring with 110 line voltage and mounting, the big difference is in the style each one brings to the side of your house. Many times when you purchase a home, the lighting on the inside and outside is a builders grade of fixture, we will look at some of the better fixtures for your outdoor lighting needs.
The Plantation fixture looks like a pineapple, most people use this type of fixture to add a welcome to their guest. The solid brass fixture with a copper bronze finish will look good for a long time, it will not rust or rot. The globe is made of clear optic glass.
The illumination will be with a medium base 60 watt bulb. Total height is 14 inches and it is 6 inches wide. At only 6 pounds it will be easy to install.
This type of fixture will look great at the entrance to your home
MINI Outdoor Wall Mounted Light Fixtures
This slim design will work if you are looking for something very contemporary looking. The solid aluminum frame and body is painted black. The seeded glass diffuser will help make this fixture Dark Sky Compliant. This will shine the light down and out, not up. The diffuser has great appeal after dark.
The fixture is 15.5 inches tall, 4.8 inches wide and 4.5 inches deep. The weight is four pounds, this will only be needed when you install your fixture. One medium base bulb with a maximum of 60 watts. Be careful of the length of the bulb as it may show below the bottom of the housing.
Need a fixture that is different, looks sleek and modern, fits close to the wall and is dark sky compliant, this fixture may work for you.
Trafalgar Collection Outdoor Lantern
The more traditional cast aluminum Trafalgar fixture is available in two colors (Mocha and a Museum Black). The frame will have a delicate scroll arch detail to give it a historical look. The glass is a clear seedy glass. This will diffuse the light and give you a traditional look to your outdoor lighting.
The fixture will be 10 inches tall, 8 inches deep and 6 inches wide. The weight is 4 pounds for those who have to install it. The back plate is 4.5 inches wide by 7 inches tall.
This fixture is rated for wet locations. It will require a medium base bulb with a maximum of 60 watts. Customers have stated that the finish holds up well in the outdoor weather.
Raley Cast Fixture
This Raley fixture has the look of a traditional style hanging lantern. The cast aluminum frame with a Museum Black finish will last a long time in the outdoor environment. The glass is a clear water design to diffuse the light.
The fixture is 16.5 inches tall, 7.25 wide and 9.5 inches deep. It will weigh 8 pounds, a little heavier that most. The back plate is 7.5 inches tall and 4.5 inches wide.
The fixture is made for wet locations. Light is provided by a medium base bulb, maximum of 60 watts. The bulb will be visible through the glass.
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Installation of your Wall Fixture
If you are installing in an existing location, your work will be easy. Just turn off the power to the fixture, remove mounting screws, undo the three wires (Black-power, White-neutral and Green-ground).
When installing the new fixture, just make sure the wires are color to color. If you think this could be a problem, consult a qualified electrician. If you have trouble matching and connecting the wires, some help (spouse if you can get along on a project like this) with extra hands could help. Just connect to the wall with the enclosed screws and caulk where necessary.
When mounting in a new location, it is suggested that you check with a qualified electrician that will know the local codes. Some locations require that your outside lights are Dark Sky Compliant. Also when mounting on the side or both sides of your front entranced, the center of the bulb should be about 66 inches above the bottom of the threshold.
I have given you four different styles of Outdoor Wall Mounted Light Fixtures from Hinkley Lighting. Each of these fixtures will fit in different styles of homes. Check with local rules on outside lighting as some requirements are different.
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I enjoyed reading this and now you have me thinking about backyards.
You mention many lights such as the plantation fixture which can be a great light for the entrance to your home. What would you recommend as a light for a backdoor or patio, when entertaining guests at night?
It would depend on how big your space is and how much light you would need. The amount of furniture, trees or other obstacles will determine the type and amount of light you will need. I you send me a picture of your area, I would make some recommendations. Different styles and power options are available.
Great ideas John. Last year I had someone install the Trafalgar looking one at our house. I’m not much of a handyman so I had to hire someone,lol.
I do like the pineapple I hope you sell lots of these because they all are so appealing and welcoming.
I would say people should update designs as the years go by too!
Thanks for this post, Peter!
Do not be ashamed of having a light fixture installed by a professional. The people that hire this out are just making sure that the installation is done to code. Most outdoor lighting fixtures will need replaced before they wear out, they just go out of style or you just get tired of the design.
I’m back on your site and liking these new light fixtures by Hinkley.
The Plantation fixture reminded my of a pineapple, which is cool because my wife and I love pineapple, especially for our pina coladas.
I also like the traditional looks of the Trafalgar and Raley fixtures.
Hinkley looks like it’s putting out good products. T
Thanks for this article, John.
The Pineapple fixture is a welcome fixture for your guest. Hinkley has some great products, I will be talking about several more in the coming days and weeks.
This is a great article! My parents recently finished building their dream home, and I know they spent quite a deal of time finding just the right outdoor lighting fixtures. I’m not sure what brand they ended up getting, but their lanterns aren’t far off of the Trafalgar Lanterns, so they might’ve gotten Hinkley! You’ve done a great job representing different options here, as well as simple installation instructions. Well done!
The Trafalgar Lanterns are a good choice. These styles of lights are not what the average homeowner will have installed when they have a house built. These are the upgrades that make a house a home to be proud of .
I really like the Mini Wall Outdoor light that you mentioned in this post. Very modern and eye catching.
I was wondering if someone with very little electrical experience could install one of these lights.
I have a basic understanding of how you described the install, but do you think most people have the capability to install one of these lights?
Does not take much to install one of these fixtures. Turn off electric supply, undo screws that hold on the fixture, remove the wire connectors(make sure you take a picture first to get the wires connected correctly) and then reverse the procedure to install. Black is the power wire, White is the neutral wire and bare or Green is the ground wire.
Hello John! I found your website very interesting. I am not a homeowner myself but will recommend your site to my friends that are. One of you readers commented that the page loaded slow for her. I never experienced that and I am using an old laptop with windows 7 and a not so quick processor. Anyway I added you site to my list and will return to check progress. Have a wonderful and productive day
I have very little complaints of load speed on the website. This website is also for some people that rent apartments or condos. Many of the items can be taken with you when you move. Thanks for your recommendations.
I really like your descriptions of the four various upgraded light styles here! I am currently remodeling my house, inside and out, and it can definitely be confusing when going to the hardware store to try to pick out the light fixtures due to the fact that there are just sooooooo many to choose from…so this information has helped me to narrow down my choices….Thank you very much!
Question: I really like these styles of lights and I know that you said you recommend these for “outside” …but what about using these styles of lights on the inside of a house, like in a hallway or entry way? What are your opinions on this and could you use the same lights you have listed above for inside, or are there other options that you would recommend instead?
All The Best,
Jeremy David Wilson
As most of my items are for outdoor spaces, some can be used on the inside of your home. All of the lights in this post are rated for outdoor use, this does not mean that you cannot use them indoors. I personally like a wall sconce style of light for hallways or wall on the indoors. These style of lights do not take up much room and provide up or down lighting, depending on the mood or what needs to be illuminated in the are that you are lighting. You can follow the link on this post to the vendor and look at these styles of lights.
The Plantation fixture look really cool to me. In my opinion a good looking light fixtures will definitely add points to the overall looking of a home. I like the feature of Plantation fixture that it wouldn’t rust or rot as a fixture will most probably be exposed to the weather ( good or bad ).
Many like this fixture, it is the welcome fixture to a lot of homes. It comes in many sizes and can be added to any area that has a wall for mounting.
I love the mini-wall outdoor light. It looks perfect for low lighting and sky gazing. But..the pineapple is so fun! What a tough choice. Maybe I’ll put the pineapple on the patio and replace the porch light with the mini-wall light. Boy, my husband’s going to be busy this weekend LOL.
The Mini light has the most in modern design. This will make your entrance really pop when visitors come after dark. You will get many comments on it.
Great article. Being a tiny house fan, I know that outdoor spaces are particularly important. I wish I had seen your article before I bought and paid someone else to install them! I am definitely bookmarking your site and will be back for reference checks in the future.
Many of the people who own tiny house’s have an outdoor space. Since the space is small on the inside, they need a big outdoor space.
A lot of these items will make living in a tiny house a lot more reasonable.
Hi John, your site makes me want to go outdoors and soak up the sun right now. I’ve always loved porches, especially enclosed ones (keep the bugs out).
I’ve seen many well-designed porches with Tralfalgar lanterns. The DIY installation instructions and cautions are very helpful.
Why do local codes differ from place to place?
Many local laws exist in the home building industry. Some states have a dark sky law, you cannot have a fixture that the light shines up toward the sky. Some places tell you how deep your power wire must be. I don’t know all of the reasons, I just know the local people get paid to make and administer these laws. You just have to check to make sure that you do not have to remove something that has just been installed.
I actually really love the pineapple looking one. That would be a very tropical addition to any home. I am picturing a beach house or a home in Hawaii but why not bring that to my home! We bought an old fixer-upper several years back that has required us to replace everything… The outside lights are on our list. Thank you for the review of several good options. The home improvement projects are never-ending…
Home improvement projects are right up my ally. I have been in the business for over 15 years. If you ever need some guidance in what will work for you or what will work the best, drop me a line. Fixer-uppers are a lot of fun and work. They give you the opportunity to make every thing just like you like it.