The Most Common Questions about Wall Lamps
What do I need to consider when planning the installation of wall lights?
Before choosing lamps or wall sconces, you should consider the layout and use patterns of the room. Living rooms and hallways are popular places for installing wall sconces, but wall lamps can also help to increase the level of lighting needed for bathroom mirrors or can double as reading lights in the bedroom without taking up space on the bedside table. When planning the lighting design for your room, you should also consider existing wall connections and future remodeling projects.
What types of wall lamps are available?
Wall lights are popular, so you can able to find many designs to suit every room, interior style and budget. The most common types of lamps include:
- Candle sconces with one, two or more electric candles or lantern sconces
- Flush-mounted lamps, often shaped like a half bowl
- Wall torchiere lamps with open cone shapes
- Swing or swing-arm lights with lampshades or torchiere designs
- Picture or art lights mounted on a wall or frame
How do I choose the lamp that is right for my particular needs?
The first consideration you should have is regarding the direction of the light. Wall-mounted amps come in up-light, down-light and surround-light designs. Wall sconces casting light upward create softer ambient light and make a room seem more open. Downward light is great for accent lighting and for making a cavernous space with high ceilings seem cozy. Lamps with surround light are very efficient, which allows you to bring a lot of light to a room with a single fixture. Also, consider symmetry in your lighting design. Traditionally, sconces are placed in pairs or in a row along a hallway, so you should think about creating a symmetrical design, unless you want one statement piece.
What style of wall light should I choose?
Traditional sconces or wall torchiere lamps tend to be gorgeous accent pieces. Their design is often elaborate and ornate, so the room's other furnishings should match this striking style. Modern lamps tend to be more understated and subtle, so you can use them to highlight a modern interior or tone down a more elaborately decorated room. Country-style lamps are often candle sconces or wall torchieres. They tend to be more colorful and decorative and are an ideal addition to a country kitchen or as a whimsical accent in a modern room.