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Wall lighting is sometimes neglected in favor of more traditional lighting styles, but the versatility of wall lighting means it can add drama and depth to a variety of decorating schemes in almost any room in the house.  Most people think of bathroom vanity lighting when they hear "wall lighting."  While vanity lights are the most common form of wall-mounted lighting, it isn’t the only style.

Sconce Lighting

Sconce lighting is a form of lighting that is also popular.  These are generally relatively small light fixtures using one or two bulbs in a single wall mounted light that features some kind of translucent or sheer cover (usually glass) over the bulb to soften the light and give off an appealing glow. 

sconce-wall-lighting-imageSconces can be used on any wall where the space for a floor lamp is limited or in an area where a suspended light fixture wouldn’t be practical.  Sconce lighting is a lovely way to brighten a long, narrow hallway.  A few sconces along the length of the hall will make the hall seem larger and more inviting, and decorative sconces can add some much needed style to an otherwise empty expanse of wall. 

If you have a long wall that is dark because of a lack of natural lighting, a few sconces can add light and make the wall seem to recede rather than closing the room in.  Wall torchieres are sconce lights that resemble floor torchieres - the light shades aim the light upward and there is a long, sculptural element to the fixture that gives the appearance of a handle or tapered base.  These can be striking when used on a wall where added visual interest is needed.

Wall Lighting as Task Lighting

There is a wide range of wall lighting styles that mimic standing lamps.  These are smaller versions of a traditional lamp style that use some type or short arm to support a light covered with a traditional lamp shade.  Installing one on either side of a doorway or mirror adds light without the need for tables or standing floor lamps.  They are perfect in a smaller room in need or additional lighting.

One of the most popular places to use wall lighting is in the bedroom.  If you have small bedside tables and would like to free up some space, consider mounting matching wall lighting on either side of the bed.  By mounting them on the wall, you give yourself reading light at the perfect height (they should be installed at your head height when you are sitting up in bed) without cluttering up the table tops.

Swing Arm Wall Lighting

Some wall lighting fixtures feature swing arms.  These give you added versatility because you can direct the light exactly where you need it.  You can also install swing arm wall lighting next to an easy chair for easy task lighting for reading, sewing or watching television without the need for a table lamp or floor lamp.

Like wall sconces, some swing arm wall lighting and torchieres require that the proper wiring be installed behind the wall to run electricity to the point where the lamp will be installed.  You can also, however, purchase wall lighting kits that allow you to easily mount swing arm lamps anywhere and then run a power cords to the closest available outlet.  You can then use metal cord covers to disguise the power cord and keep it flush against the wall.  These are a great choice if you want swing arm wall lighting, but worry that you may want to change their location at a later date.

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