Wall Sconces and Brackets
Types of Wall Sconces
The term wall sconce, or just sconce, can refer to any wall-mounted fixture, although typically it is one whose glass or shade is directly against the wall. A pocket wall sconce has a shade that is directly against the wall, and open only at the top, forming a “pocket”. A wall bracket has an arm that extends from the backplate, holding the socket away from the wall and typically has a shade that directs light either up or down.
Of course, wall lights and sconces can do a lot more. Incredibly versatile, they 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 lights come in a variety of styles including traditional, modern, or transitional. Different fixture types of the same style are often grouped together in collections or families, to make coordinating a rooms lighting easy.
Selection and Positioning
|Hallway||Wall sconces are often found in long hallways where they provide the general illumination for foot traffic. When putting wall lights in your hallway, plan to have them spaced 6 – 8 feet apart and always make sure your sconces are hung roughly 60 inches from the floor. This will give you a beautiful and safe addition to any overhead light you may be using.|
|Dining Room||Sconces are very popular in the dining room where, coordinated with a dining chandelier, they add a layer of ambient light and an appealing decorating effect. Like with hallways, plan to have your sconces installed roughly 60 inches from the floor.|
|Bathroom||Sconces can add key task lighting in the bathroom. With a sconce hung on each side of your mirror you can create a bright, even light that is just perfect for daily grooming tasks. When selecting any fixture for a bathroom with a shower, make sure the fixture is rated for damp environments. Again, have your sconces hung roughly 60 inches from the floor.|
Of course, don’t limit yourself to what you read here. There are other great applications for wall lighting such as on either side of the bed or flanking your fireplace. Use your imagination and you just might be the innovator of a great new design trend using wall sconces.