Most houses typically use soft white or pale yellow porch lights. But have you gone out for a night stroll within your area and noticed that your neighbors' porch lights' colors are different? Do those lights mean or symbolize something? In this article, we'll help you discover the meaning of the different porch light colors for the year 2022 based on what we've learned on this subject.
The following are the different porch light color meanings for the year 2022:
- Red- Support for American Heart Month
- Blue- Autism Awareness or Honoring Law Enforcement
- Green- Honoring Veterans, Lyme Disease Awareness, or St. Patrick's Day
- Purple-Domestic Violence Awareness
- Pink-Breast Cancer Awareness
- Orange-Halloween Celebration or Represents Justice
Are you wondering why those colors represent those causes? Is there any other symbolism those colors represent? Read through as we elaborate more on the topic. Additionally, we'll also be answering the frequently asked questions about the topic as we go along.
Porch lights color meaning in 2022
Most of the time, choosing a porch light color is one way of enhancing your house's aesthetic appeal. Usually, homeowners would use warm white or cool white bulbs to light up their porches. However, some use uncommon porch light colors to support a cause, raise awareness, and even signal precautionary messages.
We've provided this ">guide to help you understand the symbolism of each porch light color so that when the time comes that you want to support a cause, you'll know which color to light. And also, for you to be able to know if someone's in danger.
Red Porch Lights
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Red porch lights are lit in the US several times a year. Every February, red porch lights could mean two things: Valentine's Day celebration and American Heart Month.
The color red has been associated with romance, deep love, attraction, power, passion, and desire. Hence it's been customarily used as the official Valentine's Day color worldwide.
American Heart Month
And since red represents love and love is symbolized by the heart, President Lyndon B. Johnson, in 1964, officially declared February as the American Heart Month.
It was declared by the American Heart Association (AHA) that heart disease is considered the greatest health threat to Americans and continues to be the number one cause of death worldwide. That's why every love month, red porch lights are lit to symbolize support for the importance of a healthy cardiovascular system.
International Firefighters' Day
Additionally, every 4th of May, the International Firefighters' Day is observed to honor those firefighters who dedicated their lives to their duty, and at the same time, show support and appreciation for those who are continuing their service.
As a sign of support for the brave firefighters, people are encouraged to change their porch lights to red, which symbolizes fire.
Moreover, when you see a red porch light during October, it stands for Halloween. The color red provides an eerie effect, making the ambiance even spookier.
Blue Porch Lights
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World Autism Awareness Day
World Autism Awareness Day was first declared by the United Nations in 2007. It was set on the second day of April every year. Consequently, the UN General Assembly also declared the month of April as World Autism Awareness Month.
The Autism Speaks organization has spearheaded a campaign called "Light It Up Blue" which promotes support, acceptance, and equal opportunity for those with autism. That's why every April, everyone is encouraged to wear and light their porches blue to signify support for the cause.
The color blue, by itself, is associated with the feeling of calmness, tranquility, peacefulness, security, and orderliness. It represents acceptance in an otherwise loud, complicated, and busy world for the people belonging to the spectrum.
National Law Wnforcement Appreciation Day
Consequently, National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is celebrated every 9th day of January since 2015. During this day, people in the US are encouraged to wear blue and light their porches blue in honor of the law enforcers who lost their lives in the line of duty; and to show support to those continuing to serve the country.
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There are three events in a year for which porch lights are lit in green, namely: St. Patrick's Day, Veterans' Day, and Lyme Disease Awareness Day.
St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick's Day is celebrated every March 17 every year. Since St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, the color green pretty much came from Ireland's nickname, flag, and folklore. Ireland's poetic name is "The Emerald Isle,",the Irish flag has green, and lastly, according to Irish folklore, leprechauns are little creatures who always wear green.
National Lyme Disease Awareness Month
Additionally, National Lyme Disease Awareness Month is celebrated every May. The event's liturgical color—lime green—symbolizes support for the cause. The reason why they chose lime green as the awareness color is that the words Lyme and lime (green) are homophonous.
Every November 11, Veterans' Day is celebrated to commemorate the bravery heroism of every war veteran—for the service they gave to the country. The color green is associated with the veterans because it symbolizes renewal, well-being, and hope. It also depicts the color of their military uniforms.
Purple Porch Lights
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
In 1989, it was officially designated by the U.S. Congress, by enacting a public law, that October will be the National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Because of this, people are encouraged to switch their standard porch lights to purple every October to convey support for the victims and survivors of domestic violence; honor those who lost their lives due to such violence, and help spread awareness of the rights and programs available for them.
Domestic violence is associated with the color purple because it symbolizes courage, strength, wisdom, survival, peace, bravery, and honor.
Pink Porch Lights
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The color pink is associated with breast cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among American women. That's why government units and private organizations work hand-in-hand to promote awareness about the impact of breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Every October, people celebrate the annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One way of showing support is by lighting your porches pink to commemorate those who lost their battle against the disease and at the same time, to show support for the survivors and those who are still battling it.
Orange Porch Lights
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In the US, orange porch lights are not just used to celebrate Halloween every October, but as well as to denote justice and pay tribute to all the victims of murder.
Light Up Delphi
The "Light Up Delphi" movement was launched in March 2017 as a tribute to murder victims, Liberty German and Abby Williams, whose case hasn't been solved up to this day. Everyone in the US, especially in Indiana, was encouraged to join the call for justice and to commemorate the victims by lighting their porches orange.
What does a flashing porch light mean?
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If you see your neighbor's porch lights blinking or flashing, it only means they're in distress and have an emergency. The picture above is a 911 locator bulb. When your porch light switch is placed in the middle position, it automatically makes the porch lights flash, making it easier for emergency vehicles to locate your location.
What color light helps with anxiety?
Blue is the color light that helps with anxiety since studies suggest that it accelerates relaxation right after stress.
What color helps you be awake?
According to a research team from Oxford University, the colors that help increase wakefulness are the colors green and blue.
Blue light blocks melatonin, a hormone that helps you sleep. And since your eyes have difficulty blocking any blue light, it makes you stay awake longer.
Different porch light colors for the year 2022 symbolize support, awareness, and appreciation for various causes. The red porch light symbolizes support for American Heart Month. Blue porch lights are lit in honor of law enforcers and for Autism awareness. Green porch lights are lit in honor of the veterans and to raise awareness for Lyme Disease.
Additionally, the purple porch light symbolizes support for Domestic Violence Awareness. Pink torch lights signify support for Breast Cancer Awareness. Orange porch lights are lit to celebrate Halloween and to represent justice. Lastly, blinking lights signify an emergency.
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