Lighting by room: Entryways

In our new “Lighting by room” blog series, we borrow ideas and tips from the most recent issue of Better Homes & Gardens’ Lighting magazine – while offering suggestions for lighting fixtures from our own collections. Enjoy!


Well-lit entries and hallways welcome and safely guide family and friends into a home. When choosing light for entries – particularly at the doorway – it’s important to think about lighting needs both inside and outside the house.

Some light should be directed downward at about standing height to illuminate walking paths, while overhead light from inside a foyer can eliminate unwelcoming shadows. Avoid light that shines at the eyes or upward, which can supply too much glare to be helpful. Also, when choosing a color temperature for bulbs in an entryway, look for those with a higher number, which helps portray hues more accurately.

Sizing your lighting fixtures

  • In a narrower hallway, try a regular installation of recessed fixtures accented with small, floor-height lights.
  • In a large entry space, a small fixture would be dwarfed. Choose a light that supplies interest in both size and height.

Most entryways have fluid boundaries, but light can be used to your advantage to define edges, steps and doorways.

  • Chandeliers are great sources of overall light, which portable lamps and sconces supplement.
  • Portable lamps may also offer task light, as well as direction to hallways and doors.
  • Although primarily used for overall light, recessed downlights can also supply subtle accent light for wall decor and accessories.
A chandelier and two-light wall sconce from Progress Lighting's Wisten collection illuminates this modern entryway.

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