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Specifically designed to add ambient lighting in a variety of spaces, indoor wall sconces and wall lights are shaped to add dramatic up and downlighting effects, adding depth and structure to a room. Adjustable picture and display lights draw attention to a painting or work of art, while art glass sconces can provide a splash of color and become statements themselves.
In the bedroom, a wall-mounted reading light is an ideal choice for focused task lighting. Bathrooms benefit from vanity bath bars and wet or damp-rated wall lights. Wall uplights are perfect for hallway lighting and picture lights are perfect for highlighting family photos or works of art. For smaller spaces, thin wall sconces can provide welcoming light and a touch of elegance. Finally, in restaurants, retail stores and hotels, commercial wall sconces can offer a final decorative touch.
Understanding the need for wall lighting is essential to finding the perfect fixtures. Be mindful of common wall light size dimensions like height, width (how far the light protrudes from the wall) and length, as each plays an important role. If multiple fixtures are needed, be considerate of how far apart they are installed. The typical recommendation is to be 60 inches from the floor and at least 6 feet apart from each other. Look at the wall light's lumen rating to get the best idea of how bright it will be.
Also consider the required bulb type to identify the fixture's light output. If outdoor wall lights are needed for the deck, patio, front porch or flanking the garage, make sure the fixtures are UL rated for wet or damp locations. UL Listings are a safety label and give an idea of how much water a light can be exposed to.
Frequently Asked Questions about Wall Lights
How do I choose the right wall lighting fixtures for my space?
To choose the right wall lighting fixture, first consider the room's needs. Identify how much natural light is present in the space and where it comes from. Also consider the fixtures already in the room and the layering of the light. Style, size and placement of new wall lights also all contribute to the fixture blending in or standing out in the room. Proper research is always recommended as there are many aspects to consider.
What are some popular trends, styles and designs in wall lighting?
Wall lighting is available in many popular trends and styles including Art Deco, mid-century modern, Scandinavian and modern and contemporary.
How do I determine the appropriate height and placement of wall lights on a wall?
The appropriate height of a wall light should be eye level, which is typically 60 to 66 inches from the floor to the center of the fixture. This will avoid glare and direct light into people’s eyes while achieving maximum light in the room. Also take into account available wall space and other wall lights in order to achieve a sense of symmetry, flow and balance devoid of clutter.
How can I use wall lighting to enhance the ambiance or mood of a space?
Wall lighting with warm-colored bulbs or dimmers can shape the atmosphere of a room into a cozier and relaxed feel. The use of up-lighting and down-lighting can create interesting patterns and looks on the wall, shaping the tone of the room. Using wall lights as accent lights or alongside other fixtures as layered lighting will establish depth to the room.
What are some tips for layering wall lighting with other types of lighting fixtures?
Layering wall lighting can create a balanced lighting scheme in a room. Determine where other light fixtures are already present and how their light fills the room. Accent this light to create cohesion and symmetry in the room. Also keep in mind the available wall space. Try not to create cluttered walls or parts of the room with too much light. The idea is always to achieve a sense of balance and harmony.
What are some energy-efficient options for wall lighting?
The most popular option for energy-efficient wall lighting is the use of LED bulbs. LEDs use far less energy consumption than traditional incandescent bulbs while saving on power costs and lasting longer. Motion sensor lights, solar capabilities and integration with smart technology are also effective ways to be energy efficient.
How can I use wall lighting to highlight artwork or architectural features?
Wall lighting is an ideal fixture for highlighting artwork and architectural features. Look to picture and display lights to present a specific focus on hanging artwork or other prominent display pieces. Wall lights with up-lighting and down-lighting can also highlight specific aspects of a room while creating appealing patterns or displays upon the wall.