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Indoor Wall Lights

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Indoor Wall Lights

Indoor wall lights are lighting fixtures affixed to walls on vertical surfaces. Wall lights provide great illumination due to their positioning.

Tips on indoor wall lights:

  • Indoor wall lights are becoming increasingly common to see used as reading lights next to beds.
  • Consider using wall lighting in areas that are dark.
  • Rather than providing general illumination, many wall lights are directional - in other words pointed up or down. This gives a very dramatic look to your home.
  • Wall lights (specially sconces) are very often used in long hallways. Have them spaced about 2 to 3 metres (6 to 8 feet) apart and hung about 1.5 metres (60 inches) high.
  • In the bathroom, wall lights can be used on either side and above the mirror.
  • Determine before purchasing, if your wall lights should be on the practical side or decorative side.
  • For best ambient lighting go for translucent lamps which will provide nice diffuse light.
  • If you want to highlight a room feature then the wall light will need to be about three times as bright as the room's ambient light.

Types of indoor wall lights:

  • Sconces: these are affixed directly to the vertical walls of the home (see under Sconces for the 8 types of sconces).
  • Vanity lights: these are installed above or alongside bathroom and bedroom mirrors to provide additional lighting.
  • Picture lights: these are used for illuminating art and other decorative features.