Sometimes when you sit down to write a post, it is very straightforward. You have an idea or topic, you do your research and you write the post. The posts turns out almost exactly as you intended before you even start writing.

Today’s post was NOT one of those posts.

My original plan was to look at the best lighting each major store had to offer and put those selections into one easy post. As I mentioned, it did not work out that way…

I started at Lowes and Home Depot because I thought those are the stores to which most people have access. After I started researching, I found way too many options and never looked at some of the other lighting emporiums such as Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware. I will get to those in another post!

Lowes has 95 pages of wall mount lighting alone. Wall mount only!! 95 pages!! After looking through the first 10 pages, I realized that I started seeing a lot of replication (different sizes or colors of the same models), so I decided to only go 10 pages into each site.

I was looking for lighting that was a bit off the beaten path. Not the usual stuff you see at most front doors. Let’s face it, if you are a Front Door Freak, you want your front entryway to stand out!

So, here are some of the less typical selections I found. Now, nothing is crazy different mind you, but it is definitely a little something different. Many different metals…stainless, zinc, and even copper! Most of it is pretty affordable too, so if you get tired of it, much like your door color, it will be easy to swap out for something else.

Take a look at what I found…

nickel square coach

Source – Lowes

texas star

Source – Lowes

tube light

Source – Lowes

stainless mission

Source – Lowes

brown upsidedown cone

Source – Lowes

glass cube

Source – Home Depot

bronze scroll

Source – Home Depot

zinc barn light

Source – Home Depot

seagull

Source – Home Depot

copper light

Source – Home Depot

bronze cabinet box

Source – Home Depot

traditional

Source – Home Depot

Williamsburg Light

Source – Home Depot

Here’s a tip for anyone searching…the first couple of pages on each site seemed fairly pedestrian. You know those typical lights we see everywhere.  As I was searching through, I was thinking, “Uh oh, this post is going nowhere because I can’t find anything cool.”  But then, as I looked into deeper pages, I came up with some stuff I was quite surprised these big box stores offered. Now, here’s the tip…these stores offer up their most purchased lighting first and it’s not until you get a few pages deep, that you start to find some unusual stuff. No wonder I felt like I was seeing very typical lighting on those first pages. It was typical because it was the lighting people buy the most. Most bought = most seen. So, if you are searching, be patient and take the time to go through all the pages. The “gold” can be found many deeper pages in!