Add a wall sconce, expand your space, in this economy, no one can afford to knock down walls or put an addition on their homes. However, for considerably less money, any room can appear larger and look better with one or two strategically placed wall sconces.
"As consumers move from buying new houses to remodeling their existing homes, wall sconces can be an attractive answer to consumers' lighting needs," lighting designers are in agreement about lighting with wall sconces. Wall sconces are lighting fixtures that are mounted to a wall and provide subtle illumination and a warm ambiance. "Wall Sconces bring human scale to a room and finish the space," say lighting professionals. When many people think of this type of lighting, the first image that may come to mind is a hotel hallway, yet wall sconces are gaining popularity in sophisticated residences all over the country. Lighting designers believe the young admirers of wall sconces are drawn to styles inspired by their favorite luxury resorts, hotels and restaurants. They want the wall sconces they've seen in Vegas, but scaled down wall sconces a residential size; the styles run the gamut from ornate, splashy looks to cleaner lines with a contemporary feel.
An upstairs hallway is an excellent application for wall sconces. In fact, ADA (American Disability Act) -compliant models of wall sconces, which are required for commercial installations, are a great choice for homes because these wall sconces do not extend out from the wall very much. They create a nice, repetitive pattern down a hallway. Lighting designers and professionals recommend putting the wall sconces on a dimmer control where one can use a lower light level to create ambiance, and placing wall sconces every eight feet for balanced illumination.
Homeowners are discovering how useful and beautiful wall sconces can be in almost any room setting. Another unique quality wall sconces bring is their ability to expand the look of a space. Instead of dark corners, which occur when you only have a center light, wall sconces can illuminate those areas. Lighting designers are finding that many customers do not like a lot of recessed lighting. They want softer lighting that can create a mood and wall sconces are much more effective at that than recessed, even if they are dimmed. Recessed lighting fixtures send light in only one direction, generating strong shadows. Wall sconces send illumination in many directions, using the wall as a reflector to project light into the room and create warm shadows only achieved with wall sconces.
Today's lighting manufacturers strive to create lighting wall sconces that look as good off as when it is lit. The result is functional artwork. You can create a point of interest with a decorative wall sconce; it can fill a wall. One application specified by a lighting designer was to install three sconces in a row, vertically, alongside a tall foyer staircase. These wall sconces served as sculptural accents for the blank surface, creating a unique and beautiful space.
Wall sconces are also ideal in media rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, living rooms and bathrooms. Even though wall sconces have always been the best choice (for master baths), it is amazing the number of customers and even professionals such as electricians and architects who want to use only one or two recessed lights over the sink. Instead of the harsh shadows generated from recessed fixtures, a wall sconce on either side of the mirror provides direct light on the face, making grooming tasks easier using wall sconces.
What's the best bulb type for wall sconces? The answer depends on how you'll be using the wall sconces. Only incandescent wall sconces can be easily and reliably dimmed. If the wall sconces will be in an area where changing the bulb is difficult, it's best to opt for fluorescent bulb because of their long life rating.