The best porch lights for style and security

Whether you want to add to the aesthetics of your home or you want reassurance when coming home at night, these porch lights will make a great addition to your home

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There’s nothing worse than coming home at night and fumbling around trying to find your keys, and then the lock in a pitch black porch. A porch light is a handy addition to any home, and they can look pretty good too. Whatever the reason for wanting to install a porch light, we’ve picked out some of the best options on the market, and explain what you should look out for when picking the right one for you.  

When it comes to style it’s down to personal preference. If you have a modern home you may prefer to choose an LED light as they tend to be bright and minimalist, but if you have a more traditional home, something quirky like the Nordlux Vejers Outdoor Wall Lantern adds a softer touch to your porch. 

If its security you want, opt for a porch light that detects movement such as the Philips Infrared Outdoor Light which has a range of up to 12 metres. Finally, consider placement. If it’s going to be exposed to the elements, then making sure you opt for a weather resistant porch light will keep it in good condition. 

The best porch light

1. Philips Infrared Outdoor Light

A classic porch light with security features

Specifications
Type: Wall mounted
Wattage: 60W
Sensor: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Dimmer function 

This outdoor porch light from Philips gives you the best of both worlds. Its classic design wouldn’t be out of place on any home exterior and its infrared function makes it a great security light, too. The wall-mounted light can detect movement near the house and will switch on as someone approaches down the drive or path. It has a range of up to 12 metres and a detection angle of 140 degrees so you never have to fumble in the dark for yours keys again. The light also offers adjustable light sensitivity, allowing you to set the light between five and 5,000 lux, as well as alter the duration the porch light remains switched on.  

Nordlux Vejers Outdoor Wall Lantern

2. Nordlux Vejers Outdoor Wall Lantern

A sheltered wall lantern that is weatherproof

Specifications
Type: Wall mounted
Wattage: 42W
Sensor: No
Reasons to buy
+ Anti-rust coating 

This stylish wall lantern is the perfect solution if you don’t have shelter on your porch. With an anti-rust coating, you can be sure this porch light will stand the test of time all year round, and the subtle light is said to be just enough to give you a clear pathway when coming home at night. Users found this porch light easy to install and recommend using an LCD bulb for best results. 

Astro 7814 Homefield Pendant

3. Astro 7814 Homefield Pendant

A quirky and delicate hanging porch light

Specifications
Type: Ceiling
Wattage: 100W
Sensor: No
Reasons to buy
+ Dimmable 

If you’re looking for something a little more subtle, then this hanging pendant porch light could add a delicate touch to your home’s exterior. The pendant bulb hangs between clear glass that is double insulated for extra outdoor protection and it takes a 60W Edison Screw e27 bulb which needs to be purchased separately. This porch light is dimmable, making the lamp both aesthetically pleasing and functional.  

Elstead Sheldon Outdoor Hanging Lantern

4. Elstead Sheldon Outdoor Hanging Lantern

A hanging porch light with an industrial feel

Specifications
Type: Ceiling
Wattage: 100w
Sensor: No
Reasons to buy
+ Naturally weathers 

Industrial style is very on trend right now, and this hanging porch light offers both a bright light and a unique design that could really make your home stand out from the crowd. The exterior is made from solid brass and is hand waxed, and you should expect this porch light to weather slightly over time, giving it a vintage look and feel. It comes in three different finishes including Brass, Nickel and Verdigris. 

5. Nordlux Maxi PIR Sensor Security LED Light

Modern and minimalist, this porch light is a great security feature

Specifications
Type: Wall mounted
Wattage: 230V
Sensor: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Warm light  

This modern security light features a motion sensor that will ensure your front door is illuminated whenever you or someone else approaches. Users have found this porch light to withstand the elements well with no visible sign of weathering or rust, and find the light not to be too overbearing. It fixes easily to the wall and, although tough, is recommended for placement on a sheltered porch for long-lasting use. 

David Hunt Admiral Oval Outdoor Wall Light

6. David Hunt Admiral Oval Outdoor Wall Light

Another industrial design for a subtle glow on your porch

Specifications
Type: Wall / ceiling mounted
Wattage: 40W
Sensor: No
Reasons to buy
+ Can be used indoors or outdoors 

This unique porch light offers an industrial design that offers a subtle glow at the front of your house. It can be either wall mounted or placed on the ceiling above your front door for maximum illumination and the Nickel finish will weather well over time, giving the lamp a more vintage feel. This porch light can also be used indoors.  

Astro Montparnasse Outdoor Lantern Wall Light

7. Astro Montparnasse Outdoor Lantern Wall Light

Bright and shiny, this porch light will make your door centre of attention

Specifications
Type: Wall mounted
Wattage: 42W
Sensor: No
Reasons to buy
+ Modern and stylish 

This smooth polished nickel porch light would fit suitably on any property, providing a warm bright light to come home to in the evening. Also available in bronze, customers love how professional and expensive the light looks on their porch and say it was easily fitted to their wall by an electrician. It doesn’t have a sensor, but some customers say they added one to this lamp for the extra security feature.  

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