Set the tone for your home with timeless, high-quality outdoor lighting. From eco-friendly LED options to vintage-inspired designs, we offer a range of durable outdoor lights made to withstand the elements. Before you decide on a light, it's important to make sure your fixture is specifically rated for outdoor use, both for safety and long-term durability. See our breakdown of rating types and more key features to consider when looking at outdoor lighting for your home.
UL Location Rating
Every light fixture has a designated UL Location Rating, which means it's been tested by the independent Underwriter's Laboratory and approved for use in one of three locations: dry locations, damp locations, and wet locations.
Dry locations are those with no exposure to moisture of any type, which would typically be most rooms inside your home—the hallways, living spaces, and bedrooms.
Damp locations are exposed to moisture, but not direct water. For example near a shower in a small bathroom, above your stove in a kitchen, or on a covered outdoor porch. Damp-rated fixtures make ideal porch lights, as long as they are not exposed directly to the elements. However, if you live in a particularly stormy area or near the coast, a wet-rated fixture (or our marine-grade outdoor bulkhead sconces) might be best even for covered porches.
Wet locations are exposed to snow, rain, sleet, and whatever else the outdoors have in store. If your light fixture will be out in the elements, you need a wet-rated fixture. They're specially designed with features like holes and gaskets to ensure that water stays away from the electrical elements of the fixture.
If you're uncertain about what sort of fixture you need, ask your electrician. Picking the right type of outdoor light for your porch means that as the years go by, come rain or shine, your light will function perfectly and stay looking great.