Outdoor Lights

This weekend was full of a few small projects around the house. The weather was awesome on Sunday so we were able to put up the new outdoor lights that we bought in November. The week after we moved in last May, we switched out the address numbers on our house. I have no idea why this was one of the first things we did. I had just seen some that I really liked and needed to have them ASAP. They are black and more modern looking which made the old outdoor lights look out of place. So when Menards had one their 11% rebate deals going on, we stocked up on our kitchen chandeliers, bathroom lights, and these outdoor wall lights.

Here is what the lights were before:

Outdoor lights

And the new ones we replaced them with are Westinghouse Senecaville One-Light Exterior Wall Lantern. We had to special order them at Menards but they are only $40 on Amazon right now!

Outdoor lights

You know when you are thinking about getting a new car and then you start to see that car EVERYWHERE? Well since we replaced these lights, I started noticing everyone else’s and it seems like nobody has replaced their lights since their houses were built. Why is that?!

Outdoor lights

outdoor lights

I like the lantern style and didn’t want it to look too modern and not go with the house. I think these give a more updated look but still go with the traditional style of the rest of the exterior. They should have been easy and quick to replace but the screws in the new lights were too long and stuck out too much. The screws were silver so it looked terrible. After a trip to the hardware store and them being out of the size we needed, we ended up just cutting off the extra length and the screws we had and painting them black so they blended in.

outdoor lights

Outdoor lights

Jack and I were ridiculous trying to pick out which lightbulbs to buy. We spent more time trying to decide if we wanted “bright white” light or “yellow” light than we spent picking out the actual light fixture. I’m serious. It was bad. We Jack even asked a worker what was the average type and wattage people use for outdoor lights. The “it depends” answer we got did not speed up our decision making but we ended up with the yellowish ones. I tried to take a picture with the lights on but you can’t really see them. And Jack would not stop poking his head in the window so you can see him being creepy on the left.

Outdoor lights

I think the size works better and the style matches more to the inside of our house. It is a small change but makes a big difference. Now that the warmer weather is slowly but surely arriving, we can start working on some projects outside!

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