If you are looking for lighting fixtures to add general, accent, or task lighting into your home, wall sconces are a great choice. These are versatile wall light fixtures that can be mounted in various areas such as the hallway, a reading nook, bathroom, or even to frame an enormous elegant mirror.
Wall sconces come on single-bulb and multiple bulb types. Single-bulb wall sconces are typically used for task lighting or accentuating a specific area or object, while multi-bulb wall sconces are commonly used as background illumination as they are able to reflect light off the ceiling giving off additional ambient lighting.
Wall Sconces in the Hallway
Hallways need adequate lighting to ensure safe and comfortable navigation between rooms. Wall sconces provide functional lighting and style to corridors. These light fixtures are actually perfect for illuminating hallways as they do not take up any floor space. Other fixtures are not able to extend lighting to the entire length of the corridor, leaving some parts of the hallway dark. The soft effect from the indirect illumination of wall sconces can transform a hallway into a warm and inviting area.
When mounting wall sconces along the hallway, hang the fixtures 60 to 66 inches from the floor and 72 inches away from each sconce. If you have a very high wall, hang the wall sconces slightly higher to highlight a piece of art or to create balance within the space. They should be hung high enough so a person of average height does not see the bulbs. Also be mindful of the sconce’s depth. The fixture should not protrude too far from the wall as this can be dangerous.
A Wall Sconce in Your Reading Nook
A reading nook is a small area in your home where the atmosphere should be ideal for reading. This space does not require too much space. It can just consist of a chair, small table or nightstand, a few decorative items, a blanket and pillow, and a light source. This spot can also be used for making phone calls, writing, listening to music, or relaxing. A wall sconce mounted on the wall beside your chair is ideal for providing sufficient illumination for this space.
Wall Sconces for the Bathroom
The bathroom vanity mirror and sink area requires ample lighting for you to perform your daily grooming activities conveniently and properly. Installing wall sconces to this area is a great way to add supplementary lighting. The soft, subtle glow from wall sconce fixtures are flattering and bright enough to help you perform daily activities such as shaving or putting makeup on with ease. Mount the wall sconces on both sides of the bathroom mirror to cast even lighting across the face without any shadows. Hang the sconces at eye level, approximately 65 to 70 inches from the floor, to fill in the sides of your face with light.
Wall Sconces to Accentuate Large Formal Mirrors
Although mirrors are often used in various areas within the home to add personality and style, sometimes the mirror alone might not be able to deliver the look you desire. Mounting light fixtures on either side of a mirror, such as these Murray Feiss wall sconces, can complete the mood of the room. The mirror's reflective quality also helps to add depth. When deciding at what distance to install the light fixtures, make sure to have your mirror as the focal point.
Mounting wall sconces is a great way to add soft lighting and decorative value to any area in your home without taking up too much space. The subtle glow from this wall lighting fixtures can add the warmth and ambience that a room may be lacking.
Joan Silver is a known lighting expert from Capitol Lighting (1800lighting.com) and a fan of all things “lighting”. She currently provides customers and designers with robust information on their lighting needs.