The beauty about wall lighting in general is that most are designed as directional lights, which basically means they're either upward facing, downward facing, or diagonal lights. Wall sconces are generally designed as such. But if it's reading lights or adjustable lighting that you're looking for, then perhaps you should consider investing in wall lamps. Wall lamps function the same way a wall sconce does, except most are designed to be adjustable, either extending out and away from the wall or alongside it. Usually designed to work as reading lamps, wall lamps are situated lower on the wall unlike its wall sconce counterpart. Of course, you could easily utilize a wall lamp in place of a wall sconce in hallways and dining rooms.
Sconces are wall fixtures that are based upon lighting fixtures that held candles or torches during the days of castles and palaces. Today, sconces come in both traditional and contemporary designs. There are designs which require lampshades; others cast light in all direction, still others cast light either up or down. Usually placed in pairs, sconces flank doors, windows, paintings and even the breast of a fireplace. These can also be placed over a pair of chairs. When doing so, each sconce should be centered directly over the chair. A tall narrow piece of furniture, such as a high boy, a tall secretary desk, or a grand father clock, may be flanked with a pair of sconces. A sconce is usually placed 5'6" from the floor, although it may vary depending on the specific requirement of the job. Low level lighting is usually recommended for this type of wall fixture.
Getting back to the styles of wall lighting available to you, you have American, Art Deco, Arts & Crafts/Mission, Asian, Casual, Classic, Classical, Contemporary, Country, Crystal, Eclectic, European, Industrial, Iron & Rustic, Modern, Neoclassical, Oriental, Period/Decor Specific, Retro, Safari, Tiffany, Traditional, Transitional and Tropical, just to name quite a few of these wall lighting works of art.
The family area may be somewhere fun, sophisticated or old-fashioned style. Focus on what you want to use the area for, what time of day you are most likely to use it, if there will be lots of people or just a few. This is all important before you buy furniture or make any drastic changes. If it is a large area, you may be considering outdoor flood lighting. It is a very effective way to light a big space. Usually this area will need to be durable and easy to use it may be the area that gets used the most.
Interior lighting is a great way to change the look and feel of your home without forcing you to redecorate completely. Modern lighting now offers you such a variety of flexible options that pretty much whatever you can think of, can be done with lights. Old light bulbs have almost been completely replaced in the UK by more energy efficient, long lasting and more dynamic lights. This is not only better for your budget and the environment; it also gives you the opportunity to change the feel of you home with ease and to pull your home into the modern age.
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