Why We Love Wall Sconces
Wall sconces serve two main purposes: to illuminate and to save space. These adaptable light fixtures allow you to control lighting in small areas like corridors or foyers while keeping the area clear of portable fixtures. These lights are popular among decorators, homeowners, and contractors because they are suitable for interior and exterior spaces and look wonderful in residential and for commercial wall sconce settings.
Where Wall Sconces Work Best in the Home
Entryways are a good place to install contemporary wall sconces since this will likely be the first part of your home seen by guests. They are also suitable for narrow hallways removed from natural lighting and may not have overhead ceiling lighting. In living rooms, find them mounted next to the fireplace where they can complement existing light. Outdoor sconces are a great way to bring light to your garden, walkway, or deck.
Favorite Styles to Choose From
How to Choose the Best Wall Sconces
Wall Sconce Placement
If you intend to use a sconce to brighten a foyer or hallway, you may want to choose a simple model that provides adequate ambient lighting. As part of the fixture's placement, consider how you want it to project light output - up, down or outward.
Wall Sconce Sizes
Common dimensions of sconces include height, width and depth (from the wall). You will need to properly measure the space on the wall where you plan to install a new wall light fixture to choose the most appropriate size.
Using Wall Sconces Outdoors
If you're looking to use sconces for the exterior of your home, make sure they are appropriately rated for outdoor use. Check the fixture's UL rating to verify if it can be used in damp or wet locations.
How to Install Wall Sconces
While most sconces will need to be hardwired into the existing electrical outlet, you can find plug-in sconces that connect to the nearest power outlet. If you plan to move the fixture at some point, it's recommended to choose a plug-in option vs. hardwiring it into the wall. However, if you like the clean look of a cordless wall sconce, opt for hardwiring it. If you have questions about how to install your fixture, be sure to consult with your electrician.
Be mindful of the available options and how they will function in your interior and exterior spaces. Depending on what area of the country you live in, outdoor light fixtures need to be Dark Sky compliant, which have limited wattage and ambient light waste. You will also want to think about the installation process, as well as ease of maintenance and bulb replacement.