If you’ve ever felt the need to come home and relax after a hard day’s work in the office, or to create a quite romantic evening, or you want to highlight your latest art acquisition above the mantelpiece. Or just simply trying to light up a dull area, then you should probably think about wall sconces, since they can do all this for you and more.
Nothing does the job for creating the right ambiance like the right kind of lighting and wall sconces give you several options to exploit the interplay between light and color to create a brilliant atmosphere. The light generated by sconces comes from a bulb, which is mirrored off the reflective surface of the sconce as well as the surface on which it is focused on.
This is where wall scones can be so versatile in their utility, since different surfaces and different types of sconces can be used to create a plethora of gorgeous effects. For example, on a color absorbing surface, light from the sconces will blend with the surface color to provide a softened hue as backdrop whereas on a reflective surface, the sconces can give an environ swathed in light.
If one were to shop for wall sconces online, they may come across as many as 20 categories or even more; such as the traditional art décor types in several different finishes from wrought iron to golden, with support structures ranging from swing arms to down arms etc. On first glance, the sheer variety of wall sconces can be slightly overwhelming, but one can easily narrow down the list of choices by determining their own needs first.
Some of the questions that should come to mind when shopping for wall sconces include, what is the lighting task I want to accomplish? What is the mood I would like to generate? What is the current lighting situation in the room, including light that may come in from windows and doors? How high is the ceiling, how wide is the wall etc.
You can find the answers to all these questions by simply using a handheld flashlight and pointing it up, down, sideways, near or away from the surface in order to ascertain what kind of wall sconce will work for you.
Although installing sconces is usually easy enough to make it a “do it yourself” job, especially when most wall sconces install in a similar way, you may need to take a look at the wiring plans of your place. And if you see that the wiring needs to be modified or upgraded, it’s best to hire a professional to do the installation. You will also need the services of a professional if the sconce requires a dimmer or special switch.
Apart from these, the other factors you should take into consideration when choosing wall sconces include some of the technical aspects such as the type of bulb the sconce uses, whether you want sconce with a timed module that turns the sconce on and off automatically etc.
To conclude, Sconces can be great for beautifying one’s house, but can also be a major disappointment if not used in the right way. So refer to this article when you go shopping for wall sconces and you will see how these simple fixtures can bring warmth and joy to your venerated home.