Published at Tuesday, September 24th 2019. by Perceval Fernandez in Wall Sconces.
Lighting professionals counsel thinking in layers of light to make a room functional and attractive: ambient, or overall, light; task-light for reading and manual chores; decorative light to highlight areas of the room, pictures or other accessories; and accent light, which can bring drama and focus to an architectural feature or small area of the room. Use sconces for decorative and accent light; even a large chandelier, they point out, may provide good table-light while leaving parts of the room shadowy or dark.
So now that you know about my sconces, lets talk about where to install them. A great way to decide on placement is to get into bed and assume your normal reading position. Then measure from the floor up to a few inches above the shoulder. This measurement will tell you how high the bottom of the shade should be positioned. Chris and I took turns doing this to make sure the height would be a good fit for both of us and still be symmetrical. We decided on about 50″ from the floor, which puts them roughly about 4-5″ above our shoulders.
The lights are a little stiff to move but that keeps them in position well. Generally we don’t reposition them because I took special care to install them at the most useful height for us and our needs.
Although many modern sconces are electric, some decor looks even lovelier by candlelight. Consider the effects of drafts, open windows and nearby furnishings when choosing candle sconces. The drama of high-placed candlelight may be a poor trade-off for candles that are hard to reach quickly in case of a problem. The only restraint on placement of electric sconces in your dining room may be available wiring. Try to locate sconces, which require in-wall wiring, close to existing wiring and close to wall studs, for the safe and secure mounting of both the fixture and its cut-in box. For maximum enjoyment of your new sconces, install a dimmer switch that lets your respond to seasonal light and your entertaining mood.
Many builders in non-custom homes install frameless mirrors the width of the vanity because it is easy and inexpensive to do so but the look can leave a bathroom feeling far too ordinary without the shapes or accents that differentiate the space.
In the absence of specific features to be highlighted, like a framed picture, a mirror or an archway, place sconces eight-to-10 feet apart, creating a continuous band of soft, diffused light along a wall or around the room. Place sconces closer together, as needed, above a fireplace or on both sides of a mirror. Place them farther apart if they are to function singly. You might center a single sconce over a buffet on one wall and place two in the corners of the opposite wall, 15 feet or more apart. Especially for curved- or half-round-shaded sconces, do the glare test from a variety of directions.
Since starting the process of remodeling my son’s bedroom, I’ve been on the hunt for two wall sconces that I can install next to the bunk beds. Every boy bedroom needs some soft lighting for reading bedtime stories. 😉 But when I started my search, I got a little sticker shock. Some sconces I found — and feel in love with — were in the $6-700 price range! For two boys who like to wrestle and tumble, my response was no way am I spending that much on sconces! So I decided to set the budget for under $100 bucks and start looking to see what I could find at that price. After a few hours of exploring the internet, I found some really stylish but still affordable wall sconces.
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