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Wall Sconces

Wall sconces can be used to provide soft background illumination as well as directional task lighting.

Wall sconces can be used to provide soft background illumination as well as directional task lighting. 
They can reflect light off the ceiling for added ambient light, and a pair of bathroom lighting fixtures can frame a vanity mirror for daily grooming tasks. 
Form + Function's wide selection of wall sconces makes it possible for you to find the lighting that will suit your style and enhance the ambience of your home.
Our selection includes quality wall sconces for indoor use as well as outdoor wall lights.
A wall sconce will provide general lighting and complement existing light without taking up precious floor space.

Wall sconces come in a variety of styles and materials which determine the lighting effect they produce. 
sconces with  incandescent lamps and frosted or stained glass, mica or fabric shades will produce a diffuse light, which is great as ambient lighting in most rooms. Sconces featuring halogen or xenon bulbs provide clean, white light, good as task lighting.
Wall sconce with  solid metal diffusers will allow light to escape only from the top or the bottom, which will produce a dramatic directed uplight, downlight or both.

Wall sconces can be used in many rooms of the house. They are often used  in pairs, to flank a doorway, a bed or a fireplace. Along hallways and staircases wall sconces are great for providing light for safety as well as atmosphere. Especially when mounting a wall sconce in a hallway, pay attention to the depth of the fixture to make sure it does not protude enough to be a hazard. Sconces designated as "ADA compliant" protrude less than four inches from the wall .
For bathroom lighting, a pair of sconces flanking the bathroom mirror or a single, horizontally-placed wall light above the main mirror area will provide good, pleasing vanity lighting for the daily grooming tasks.

To read more about bathroom lighting, click here.


How to position Wall Sconces

A few rules of thumb:

In general wall sconces should be mounted 60 - 66 inches above the floor and eight to 10 feet apart.

In rooms with vaulted ceilings, sconces should be larger in scale and can be placed even higher for dramatic effect.

You don't want the bulb in a sconce be visible and cause glare.
This could be a problem when wall sconces are used along a staircase or in a lower level room where you look at the lighting from above. Fortunately there are many sconces available with a closed diffuser.

Wall sconces should highlight and complement - but not overpower - the points of interest of a room, like an architectural feature, artwork or furniture..


Tips for Choosing the Right Sconce

Sconces lend ambient light to a room and offer a soft glow which complements ceiling fixtures, portable and recessed lighting. The splash of light on a wall that only sconces provide creates a distinctive look to any setting. Because they are often accent lighting, sconce selection ranks as mostly an aesthetic decision.

"Sconces are generally chosen to complement the primary fixtures of a house," says Joe Rey-Barreau, AIA, IES, CSI, architect, educational consultant for the American Lighting Association and professor of interior design at the University of Kentucky. "Therefore, the main finishes, colors and textures for a room can help guide your selection."

When shopping for sconces, the American Lighting Association suggests the following tips to help you find the right fixture for your home.

Survey the Situation:
To determine the right style sconce for your home, begin by surveying the room. What color, material or trend is predominant in room’s decor? How do you want to enhance that statement? Traditional homes can command more ornate, decorative sconces, while modern abodes demand a less-is-more philosophy in design.

Design Savvy:
Visit lighting showrooms armed with a photo or sketch of space you are trying to light, fabric and color samples. Knowing the size and shape of the wall and the colors and texture of the fabrics in the room always help to aid in decision making and finding the perfect wall sconce.

Plan Ahead:
Sconces can be used in any space and in any type of home or style. However, it is often difficult to install them in existing homes where the walls have not been pre-wired to accept the sconce. It is much easier to plan and install sconces in new home construction where the wiring has been installed before the finished wall is up.

Check It Out:
Before buying a sconce, take time to really examine the fixture. The detail, finish and castings should be high-quality, neat and trim. Shades or other attachments should fit properly.

Right Light:
How the sconce produces light is a very important consideration. If you plan to use the sconce as a major source of light in a space, choose one with a shaded bulb and a minimum wattage of 75 watts to reduce glare. If the sconce is strictly decorative, wattages less than 75 are sufficient, but shades or shielded bulbs are still preferred.

Seek Guidance:
If the choices are not clear, it's always best to rely on the help of one of our lighting consultants . They will help move you in the right direction.

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