How To Install Wall Sconces

Once you have decided to add wall sconces to your home, then you need to begin thinking about where to hang them. And, perhaps more importantly, how to hang them.

You’ll want to keep a few key tips in mind.

First, consider the space that the wall sconces are going to be filling with light, as well as the wall on which they are going to be hung. How many sconces will you need? Most homeowners like to see wall-mounted lighting fixtures in pairs. You need to be careful that you strike a good balance. If you’re not sure how to approach these issues, consider hiring a professional lighting consultant. They’ll take a look at your living space and help you craft a lighting plan that’s perfect for your needs.

The number of wall sconces that you end up with is dependent in large part on the size of each. If you got large or especially ornate wall sconces, they can quickly overwhelm a room. On the other hand, smaller and simpler designs can easily occupy two or even three walls. Ideally, the sconces should not create a crowded effect, nor should the illumination they provide be too strong.  Remember, wall lighting is all about the ambiance!

Keep in mind that if one of your goals is to have unique wall sconces that are attractive in their own right, having too many of them will make them harder to appreciate.

Wall sconces should be set at least five and preferably six feet off the floor. The higher they are, the better the light they will provide. Don’t forget that they are intended to be functional! As well, hanging them higher than six feet will make it hard to change light bulbs. Make it easy on yourself.

Don’t mess with installation. If you don’t know what you’re doing when it comes to interior design or electricity, then hire a professional lighting installation expert or electrician. Better to get the job done right the first time!

Take your time choosing wall sconces. There are plenty of online resources to look at. Visit a few stores as well and look at your options. A bit of advance planning will pay off in the long run.

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