A Wall Light is an indoor,decorative lighting fixture with a flat side to be hung on a wall. In earlier times, Wall Lights were known as Sconces and even today this word is used. Sconce means a wall bracket that holds a candle or group of candles. Today, in lighting, it means a wall mounted electric light fixture patterned on a candle sconce.
Wall Sconces are incredibly versatile and can be used for ambient, task or accent lighting. When used correctly, Wall Sconces not only provide illumination and safety, they also create an air of sophistication and elegance throughout your home.
WALL LIGHT STYLES: Wall lights come in a variety of styles - traditional or modern, casual or transitional. They also come in matching families so they can coordinate with the other lighting fixtures in your home.
- Hallways: Wall Sconces are often found in long Hallways where they provide the general illumination for foot traffic.
- Dining room: Wall Sconces are also very popular in the Dining room where, coordinated with the chandelier, they add a layer of 'ambient light' and an appealing decorating effect.
- Bathroom: Wall Sconces can also add key 'accent lighting' in the Bathroom. With sconces hung on either side of your mirror you can create a bright, even light that is just perfect for safe shaving or for applying make-up.
- Fireplace or Bedside: Other great applications for wall lighting are on either side of the bed or flanking your fireplace. The possibilities with Wall Sconces are immense.
- When putting Wall lights in your hallway, they should be spaced 6 – 8 ft. apart. This will give additional light to any overhead light you may be using.
- The Sconces should be hung at a height of roughly 5 ft. from the floor.
- In your bathroom or powder room mirrors, you need to have a clear reflection, so that you can apply makeup properly or shave without cutting yourself. To avoid shadows, and to fully surround your face with flattering light, install a Mirror light at least 24” wide over the mirror, plus two Wall Sconces (one on each side of the mirror) at least 28” apart and 5 ft. above the floor.
- If you have a double wash basin vanity, use a light that is almost as wide as the mirror. Then, the light should be mounted 6'6" from the floor, centered over the mirror.
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