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.
|How to Choose Wall Sconces? : Effect|
|Wall sconces come in many different shapes and sizes to create different effects with light. That's why you should consider what kind of effect you want the light to have on your room. Do you want your room to look bigger, cozier, more balanced? These four types of wall sconces are able to change the look and feel of a room by diffusing and contouring light in their own way.|
|How to Choose Wall Sconces? : Uplight|
|Uplight wall sconces direct light towards the ceiling, creating a wash of lightthatdraws attention upwards. The further down the wall an uplight wall sconce is positioned, the more the light will be able to spread along the upper half of the wall. Uplight sconces are perfect for making the room look larger than it really is.|
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.
|How to Choose Wall Sconces? : Downlight|
|To give your walls a downward wash of light, use a downlight sconce that allows light to only escape from the bottom of the fixture. The higher you place this sconce, the more light will be cast down onto the wall. Downlight sconces will ground your space, creating a warm and cozy atmosphere.|
|How to Choose Wall Sconces? : Up/Downlight|
|Up/downlight sconces will give your walls an even wash of light in both directions. Because these types of sconces allow light to shine through the top and bottom of the fixture, they can be positioned according where you want the most light. These sconces will give your room a more balanced feel with its even distribution of light.|
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.
|How to Choose Wall Sconces? : Candle Style/Low Wattage|
|As you can tell from the name, candle wall sconces are meant to resemble original wall sconces that held real wax candles. These types of sconces are usually low-wattage and cast minimal light to give a room an intimate ambiance. Their main function is for aesthetics and decoration, so you won’t want to use them as a main source of light.|