Lighting Basics
Littman Bros |  September 20, 2013

Light Fixture Types and Their Purposes: Wall Sconces

Hallway Wall SconcesWall Sconces are mounted on the wall usually between 5 feet to 6 feet off the ground – they are perfect for many locations within the home, some prefer to mount them as a form of accent lighting in a living room, next to a fireplace or artwork. Wall sconces can also serve to light a hallway or staircase. Be careful with the sconce extension in halls and staircases where the fixture could intrude on the walking space; the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires sconces in these spaces to extrude 4 inches or less in public spaces, up to 6 inches is typically suitable in residential applications of this type. In spaces with high ceilings, like staircases and two story rooms, look for a taller sconce with more weight. Some sconces hug the wall and wash light both up and down; this effect gives the sconce a taller presence and works great in narrow spaces with high ceilings.  Wall sconces also make for great vanity lighting; when placed on either side of a mirror they create a soft and even light, perfect for makeup application and the early morning and nightly routines.