Light illuminates our lives. It helps us to notice the details and, by highlighting, it tells us silently what is important. Outdoor light leads us on.
So with that said, let me share with you an informative piece from a Great Lighting Company - HINKLEY LIGHTING (click here).... I do this because people invariably choose lanterns that are too small for a chosen outdoor site. This article from the Hinkley site may help you.
ALL PHOTOS HERE ARE FROM THE HINKLEY WEBSITE.
The height of an outdoor lantern should be based on the height of the door:
FOR 1 LANTERN: If you place a lantern on only one side of the door, it should measure one-third the height of the door. The center of the bulb should rest 66" above the threshold of the door.
FOR 2 LANTERNS: When two lanterns are used, they should each measure approximately one-fourth the height of the door. The center of the bulb should rest 66" above the threshold of the door.
•TIP: In either case, if you choose a fixture with a long tail or top scroll, pay attention to the overall bulk of the fixture.
•DON'T UNDERSIZE YOUR LANTERNS: As a rule of thumb, your lantern should appear to be about half the size of your door from 50' away.
•TIP: When in doubt, always go larger.
If it makes you feel any better, the lanterns on either side fo my door are too small. (installed 20 years ago) Live and learn.......Jan