Running the gamut from function to flair, wall lights come in a wide array of styles and serve many purposes. Wall lighting can provide necessary illumination for safety, accent architectural features and artwork, add task lighting or serve as décor all on their own. Here, we answer some of the most frequently wondered whats, wheres and whys of wall lighting.
Why do I need wall lights?
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When “wall light” is mentioned, the first notion that pops into many people’s heads is of an ornamental sconce that provides little useful illumination beyond an accent light. While this application is certainly important as a decorative feature, wall lights also serve myriad functions for reading, proper task lighting and general safety. And wall lights are important components of properly layered lighting, which adds both beauty and utility to overall design schemes.
Where should I use wall lighting?
Wall lights have applications in any room, indoors and out. Working alongside ceiling lights, a wall-mounted fixture provides supplemental illumination, while using wall lights in place of overhead lighting creates a more atmospheric effect and can alleviate glare. In bathrooms, vanity lights are a key part of light layering: Flank a mirror with wall fixtures to banish shadows from your face that overhead lights tend to cast.
In an office or craft room, a wall-mounted swing arm light is a practical alternative to a traditional desk lamp, freeing up your horizontal surfaces for your tasks. Artwork can be better displayed beneath a picture light, while niches, sculptures and other architectural details benefit from wall-mounted spots. Outdoor wall lights are commonly used on the porch and along exterior walls for security, though many designs provide a decorative touch as well as safety features.Shop Pablo Lighting Link Wall Mount Task Lamp – Color: Silver – Size: Medium – LINK MED WAL SLV – Style: Industrial and moreShop Pablo Lighting Link Wall Mount Task Lamp – Color: Silver – Size: Medium – LINK MED WAL SLV – Style: Industrial and more
In rooms where overhead lighting and floor/table lamps will do much of the lighting work, wall lights are still a valuable addition to add ambiance and to brighten corners that may become shadowy after sunset. Try flanking large windows with wall sconces to emulate the effect of daylight coming in, adding a wall light near a particularly dark corner or next to a doorway to light your way into the room. And keeping all your lights on separate switches allows for better control of your lightscape: Wall lights are particularly suited to dimmer switches that allow you to determine the mood of the room.
10 Head-Turning Modern Wall Lights
Too often relegated to the “functional” or “ambient” category of lighting, wall lights aren’t exactly known for being statement makers in a space. Whether used in a small bathroom or a grand living space, there’s no reason a beautiful wall fixture can’t steal the show with superb design. These 10 favorites will make you want to flip the switch on ho-hum wall lights.
1.Counterweight Wall Sconce from Roll and Hill
The Counterweight Wall Sconce combines a clean silhouette with a mix of materials: a marble backplate, soft white glass, brass accents, and a wood frame. The result is an elegant contrast that would work just as well as lining a hallway or accenting a dining room.
2. Acuo LED Wall Sconce from Cerno
The Acuo LED Wall Sconce is a handmade piece, accented with either walnut or brushed aluminum. Its deconstructed, 3-three-sided box frame is a mix of overlap and gaps, which adds a complex element to this functional LED wall sconce.
3. Stiletto 24-Inch LED Bath Bar from SONNEMAN
Just like a stiletto heel, the slim and minimal profile of the Stiletto 24-Inch LED Bath Bar adds a sleekness to any room. Bright, even LED lights light up the frosted acrylic diffuser, which then can be slid up or down the mounting box. Its versatility makes it perfect for flanking a vanity in a modern bathroom.
4. Monocle Wall Sconce from Rich Brilliant Willing
Ever-so playful yet highly functional, the Monocle Wall Sconce swivels to allow adjusting the angle of light. Its milled aluminum body is available in 3 finishes (including this brass beauty) while the diffuser is available in either a flat or domed shape.
5. Abstract LED Wall Sconce from Modern Forms
As artistic as it is functional, the Abstract LED Wall Sconce is made up of overlapping geometric shapes, forming sharp angles into a visually striking design. The light sources are tucked between the layers of aluminum, creating an interesting interplay between the reflections of light.
6. 14 Wall Sconce by Bocci
The Bocci 14 Wall Sconce is an ultra-unique design that can be used indoors or outdoors, alone or in groups. The subtle style can be used to enhance every style, from rustic, modern, industrial and glam. Each fixture is made of cast glass, using an organic process that creates unique bubble patterns and beautiful halos of light around the fixtures.
7. IC C/W Wall Ceiling Light from FLOS Lighting
The IC C/W Wall Ceiling Light began from a playful source of inspiration: juggling. The simple design was inspired by the movement and balance of spheres as controlled by a juggler. The right-angle frame is a sharp contrast to the smooth glass sphere.
8. QB LED Wall Sconce by Bruck
In design, clean and simple can go a long way. The QB LED Wall Sconce has a cubic form that provides up and downlight and shields the light source from view.
9. Staple Wall Lamp from Menu A/S
Taking its inspiration from Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood in the 1930s, the Staple Wall Lamp is a modern throwback to simpler times. Its style is extremely minimal, featuring only an exposed lightbulb dangling from a steel arm, with a touch of industrial glam from the brass finish.
10. Dioscuri Indoor/Outdoor Wall Sconce by Artemide
The Dioscuri Wall Sconce is great for indoor or outdoor use and comes in multiple sizes so you can create a bubbly display of light. The support plate is concealed by the hand blown glass diffuser, allowing the glass sphere to lie flush against the wall.