Wall Lights

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Create a Well-Designed Space with Modern Wall lights

Wall lights, also known as wall sconces, are one of the best-loved fixtures available. These versatile fixtures are available in both plug-in and hardwired styles, offer either up or downlighting, and come in an impressive range of sizes, styles, and finishes to suit any space. Serving as both functional and stylish lighting, wall lights are ideal for both commercial and residential interiors and serve to improve visibility in common areas while adding to the aesthetic appeal of modern spaces.

Popular Wall Light Colors & Finishes

Picking out the perfect designer wall lighting can be daunting as there are so many styles, sizes, and finishes available. The best-selling wall lights share several common design features that make finding the right fixture simple. Whether you plan to install wall sconces in rooms dominated by utilitarian, minimalist, or industrial décor and fixtures or prefer a more traditional look, there are plenty of suitable options.

In traditional or mid-century modern interiors, look for wall lights made of durable materials like hand-forged steel or wrought iron in finishes like burnished bronze or matte black. These finishes easily coordinate with traditional furniture, wall art, and fixtures like pendants and chandeliers. Popular mid-century modern wall lights can be mounted horizontally or vertically for added design flexibility.

For installation in contemporary, minimalist, or ultramodern spaces, top wall sconce finishes include sleek metallics and neutrals that make it easy to create a professionally-curated look in the space. Polished chrome, brushed nickel, and satin bronze are popular metallic finishes for ultramodern wall sconces but bright colors like red, orange, and blue offer a unique contrast in monochromatic spaces.

In addition to color and finish options, there are wall light options that work well in a variety of residential and commercial interiors. For commercial areas like offices, warehouses, and workshops, choose from a range of that are suitable for both indoor and outdoor installation yet feature many of the decorative metallic finishes seen in indoor fixtures. In residential spaces like bedrooms or reading nooks, interior wall lights are a great way to achieve a well-designed space. Bedside wall lights serve as a functional space-saving option that can take the place of traditional bedside table lamps.

Wall Lights FAQs

Q: Where Should Wall Lights be Placed?

A: The answer to this question depends on the purpose you want the wall sconce to serve. For example, if you intend to highlight wall art or other decorative accessories, adjustable wall sconces are a good choice because you can position the light source. If you would like to add more lighting to an office or other small space, try installing a single sconce that saves space while providing additional ambient lighting. Installing two wall sconces in living rooms or formal dining rooms adds to a balanced look.

Q: How do Wall Sconces Work?

A: There are two types of wall sconces: plug-in and hardwired. Plug-in styles are plugged into an electrical outlet and can be mounted on the wall with hardware like nails or screws. Hardwired versions are connected directly to an electrical source in the wall or ceiling and should generally be installed by a qualified electrician. Wall sconces are typically operated by an on/off power switch and many models include integrated dimming functionality.

Q: Should Wall Sconces Face Up or Down?

A: The orientation of a wall sconce depends on the design of the fixtures as well as the characteristics of the intended installation space. In rooms with high, sloped, or vaulted ceilings, wall sconces that face upward help improve visibility and ambient lighting in these spaces. Alternatively, wall sconces should face downward (referred to as downlighting) if focused task lighting is a priority. Spaces that benefit from downlighting include bedrooms, offices, and reading nooks.

Q: How High Should I Mount my Wall Light?

A: The standard ceiling height is 8 feet, so wall lights should be installed about 74 inches from the floor and the sconce should be at eye level. If you intend to install a wall sconce near a window or doorway, install the fixtures about 6 inches below the top of the door or window. If you have an uplight fixture, keep a good distance between the fixture and the ceiling. As a general rule, there should be between 12 and 36 inches of space between the sconce and the ceiling.