Did you ever wonder whether you should select a ceiling mounted lantern versus a wall mounted lantern? If you’re security minded, and still wondering…here are some good reasons to select one or the other or both:
1) Wall mounted lanterns will light up the faces of any nighttime visitors that come to the door, thus making identification easier.
2) If your style of home denotes installing a hanging lantern or overhead fixture, then appropriating a recessed light or lights on the ceiling near the wall over the door will minimize any shadows on your visitor’s faces.
3) Exterior lanterns should always be installed on the same side as the doorknob and this is only if you are using one lantern per entry door. If the lantern were to be installed on the hinged side of the door, your sight would be compromised and only a dark profile of the face would be apparent.
4) If the vestibule area you are lighting is a large area, you can always select a wall mounted lantern on either side of the entryway, as well as, a ceiling hung lantern (especially if the threshold has a tall, recessed ceiling).