The great thing about a new house it that everything is new, but as we have said before, everything seems to lack character and often corners are cut by the builder for the cheaper build. Our builder installed an outdoor lantern on our back porch that was obviously the most affordable option but it clearly did not match the scale or style of our house, luckily this is a super easy cosmetic thing to fix!
We love to upgrade our standard build home features to our style but it often takes us a long time to make a decision on things. Lights for example are challenging and we have found that we have expensive taste! However, we lucked out with the price-point on this thing. I think it was under $30! We found the lantern unexpectedly while shopping at Costco. I know what you’re thinking…no, it was not sold in a multi-pack!
The lantern is made by Manor House and is the Vintage LED Coach Patio/Porch Light. The new light pulls from the vintage/farmhouse fixtures we have installed inside. The color matched the balusters on the deck perfectly and the wire basket complimented the ceiling fan in the morning room. The light is also available on Amazon in case it is no longer sold at your local Costco.
This is the existing light…it’s gotta go!
We will take you through the steps of replacing an existing light with our new lantern with improved style and a better scale!
- Clear Exterior Caulk
- Bolt Cutter
Step One: Turn Off the Breaker
Unfortunately, our breaker box did not have a dedicated breaker for the outside lights and outlets so we had to try a few before we got it right.
Step Two: Remove the Existing Lantern and Mounting Hardware
No special tools were needed for removal. There were two thumb screws that held the lantern onto the mounting plate. After pulling off the lantern, disconnect the wires. Remove the existing mounting hardware bracket and small mounting plate.
Step Three: Install New Mounting Plate
The builder did do one thing right. They installed the light on an Arlington Industries Siding Mounting Block. Increasing the size of the lantern required we find a larger mounting block. We found that the Arlington Industries 8081F-DBL fit the existing box, didn’t require any modifications to the siding and had a surface that could accommodate a larger lantern.
Step Four: Install the Bracket and Mounting Screws
The mounting screws that came with the bracket were too long for this set up. We cut the screws to size with bolt cutters.
Dane Good Tip: Cut the screw head side so the threads that receive the decorative thumb screws do not get damaged. (Decorative thumb screws attach the lantern to the bracket.)
Step Five: Attach Wires and Mount the New Lantern Body
Dane Good Tip: Remove the glass globe and cage during the install. The lantern is much easier to handle in this state.
Connect the wires with the supplied wire nuts. White wire to white wire, black wire to black wire and ground wire to ground wire. Make sure the wires do not get pinched when mounting the lantern body. Install the decorative thumb screws to attach the body to the plate.
Step Six: Install Lightbulb, Glass Globe and Wire Basket
Install the lightbulb, glass globe then the wire basket. Make sure the glass globe is screwed in tight before installing the wire basket.
Step Seven: Caulk
Apply clear exterior caulk to the top and sides of the lantern to protect the wires from the elements. It is recommended to not caulk the bottom to allow for drainage in the event any condensation forms inside the lantern base.
Step Eight: Turn the Breaker Back On
Turn the breaker back on and test out the light. This light has a photocell so you’ll need to cover it up with your finger to check if the light comes on.
Check out that improvement!! Looks so much better! And super simple…finished during nap time!