ISSUE 38  |  The Low Countries

10 Easy Pieces: Classic Ceiling Porch Lights

September 19, 2012 5:00 PM

BY Janet Hall

As the days get shorter and the evenings longer, our thoughts turn to illumination; here are some ideas for outdoor ceiling lights.


Above: The handmade Pewter and Brass Onion Ceiling Lamp with handblown glass orb is an adaptation of the classic onion lantern used on fishing schooners. All models are available in copper, brass, or pewter; $189 to $409 from the Nauset Lantern Shop on Cape Cod.

Above: Traditionalists should also consider the Marian 6 Classic Ceiling Fixture with a simple white shade from Schoolhouse Electric; $145.

Above: The Alma, available in 12 finishes and with a choice of 13 shades , is $120 as configured from Rejuvenation.

Above: A Remodelista favorite, the Alabax Ceiling Fixture is available in black or white porcelain and can be specified with a UL damp rating; $135 at Schoolhouse Electric.

Above: The Sebring Outdoor Ceiling Light (shown in black) is $114 at Wayfair.

Above: The Park Avenue 1-light Outdoor Ceiling lantern from Thomas Lighting is 6.75 inches high; contact Thomas Lighting for more information.


Above: The Moravian Star Pendant light is a classic choice for the porch; My Danilo imports a wide array of sizes and styles from Mexico and hand-wires them in Lynn, Massachusetts, to create UL-listed pendant lights; prices start at $92 for a 9-Inch Glass Star.

Above: The Willamette 4-Inch Pendant Light with a clear glass shade is available in several finishes, including vintage brass (shown); $204 for the fixture and shade at Schoolhouse Electric (specify UL damp rating when ordering).

A simplified take on classic styles from Holloways of Ludlow: The Montparnasse Porch Light in a nickel finish (above L) is £174. The Strathmore Lantern (above R) is available in three finishes: nickel, unlacquered brass, and antique; £261 to £824, depending on size and finish.

For more outdoor lighting inspiration, see these barn-style lighting ideas.

(N.B.: For more Entryway Lighting, see 48 photos in our Gallery of rooms and spaces.)

(N.B.: This is an update of a post published on May 11, 2011.)