Front-Door Light Location
Place outdoor lights 6 ft. to 10 ft. away from the door, far enough away that swarming bugs don’t sneak inside.
The customary location for exterior entry lights is next to the door. But electricians and builders rarely think about the ramifications of this light location and what happens in summertime when nighttime insects swarm to bright beacons. Every time the door is opened, bugs attracted to the light rush into the house. My old-time electrician friend suggests positioning lights further from the door, at 6 ft. to 10 ft. away. The illumination still brightens up the entry area, but the light is far enough away that swarming bugs don’t sneak inside.
— Mike Guertin, East Greenwich, R.I.