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Wall Lights: The Right Way to Choose What Fits

Wall Light The Right Way to Choose (1)

Learning the difference between what works best and what looks the best is the first step to becoming an interior designer. Even if we take the professionalism away from it, the statement still stands – even if you’re a homeowner looking to spruce things up a bit. It’s crucial to be able to tell what to install, place, and highlight and what not to.

Lighting elements, or lighting solutions much accurately, come in a variety of shapes, forms, and functions. Which just makes it all the harder for people to feel overwhelmed when choosing the right fixtures and stands. When you think of wall lights, you probably think of subtle elements with a warm glow.

While that is one variant of a wall light, it is by no means the only one. It just goes to show how you need to be fully aware of the different forms of lighting elements when looking to buy one. In this article, we go through many ways in which you, the average homeowner/improvement enthusiast, can go about choosing the right wall light.


Analyzing Your Living Space And Illuminating Needs

Cozy Warm Lights

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Contrary to popular belief, wall lights are not just used as decorative elements. Wall lights can be used in virtually any living space – even outdoors! Before you get started with which sort of wall light you would have to get, you need to analyze the room in which you want them installed and the need which prompted you to go out looking for them.

You can choose wall lights from a task, ambient or accent lighting. It depends on your need. Let’s say you’re looking for subtle illumination in your hallway. Go for translucent lamps with incandescent or warmer LED lights. Task lighting in wall lighting is mostly utilized in the kitchens at your workspace. Ambient lighting can be used virtually in any room to provide overall illumination.

For your workspace or home office, wall mounted lights can be attached as semi-adjustable fixtures in place of traditional desk lamps. These wall lights fall through with illuminating your workspace just as a desk lamp would. Plus, they free up a lot of space.

Similarly, if you’re looking to hang up photos from your graduation ceremonies, certificates, artwork or even your kid’s first finger painting you can do so under wall mounted picture lights. These lights make your frame stand out and take center stage.

You could layer wall lights in bathrooms and have them strategically placed to bounce off the mirror for indirect illumination. That way, you wouldn’t be going overboard with your lighting, and get rid of shadows caused by overhead lights.

Outdoor lighting is good for two reasons; aesthetics and security. You might associate wall lights as scones, but that’s again just one of the hundreds of different variants of wall lights there are out there. Wall lights can provide supplemental or added illumination along with fixtures that have already been installed to produce a brighter, fuller feel.



White Wall Light

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Sizes may differ, but you need to consider the size of the living space you want to install the wall light in. Just because something looks good online or at the store, does not mean that it’s the right fit for your living space. For example; a huge wall scone in a narrow hallway will make the room feel cramped and the scone sticks out like a sore thumb.

Before going in to buy a wall light, measure the area for which you want to have it installed. These measurements provide a guideline for the size of the wall light you will install. Remember, there are a plethora of wall lights to choose from based on style. Each style can come in several sizes. However, you can’t alter the room for a larger size.


How Many Lights Are Too Many?


Homey Cozy Wall Lights

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To answer this question, understand that anything can look tacky if it’s made to look that way. Wall lights by virtue are not supposed to look tacky. However, they can be made to look that way if they’ve been improperly and haphazardly arranged. 

There is no such thing as too many wall lights, yet there could be a thing as too many – it depends on how you work around them. To get the most out of your wall lights, you have to be wary of where you place them. As a general guideline, hang them at eye level and not necessarily reaching for the ceiling. The ‘eye-level rule’ is supposed to keep the light from causing glare or eye stress.

If you’re looking to light up a corridor, then try placing several wall lights at regularly measured intervals. If you have a long corridor, place them at 8 to 10 feet intervals for a time tested way of creating a beautiful lighting scheme.




Industrial Wall Light

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When styles and models differ, so do prices. Wall light prices differ based on the design as well as the material that it took to make that design. The cost bracket varies substantially. Some torchiere lamps can cost you less than $50, and some fixtures can go up to $1000.

Additionally, most wall lights have unique features such as control systems. Wall lights are usually controlled by remote switches rather than fixed switches. They’re easier to use and much more convenient. However, once again, the price varies based on uniqueness as well. 



Wall lighting is lighting solutions rather than just elements. They’re perfect for any living space and work well to blend everything together. You can choose a scone or a futuristic lighting theme – the world is your oyster. Speaking of which, Light Atelier provides you with fixtures upon fixtures of all types, styles, and sizes all suited to meet your wall lighting dreams.