Valuable Information About Wall Sconces
- Our Wall Sconces
- They come in a variety of materials, shapes, sizes, lamp wattages, and with a variety of design accents and light sources. For example, our wall sconces may be translucent, opaque, or transparent, come in various forms of glass, metal, or paintable textured ceramic with incandescent, or fluorescent light sources and may have a polished brass accent, a brushed nickel accent, an antique brass accent, a satin chrome accent, or no accent at all.
- The Function of Wall Sconces
- They can be quite functional by providing some or all of the general lighting in a space. At other times the light provided by a sconce or a series of sconces can help one safely negotiate a long hallway or a stairway. Wall sconces can also provide some task lighting when they are used on either side of bathroom mirror, for example.
- The Aesthetics of Wall Sconces
- They can also offer marvelous opportunities to be creative and make an aesthetic statement. In fact, certain wall sconces might be works of art in themselves. In some instances the design elements of the wall sconce might be used to complement the design elements of other items in the space or even underline the decorative theme of the entire space. Some are paintable which means that the color of the sconce can be selected to complement or contrast with the other colors used in the space. Sometimes it's simply the glow provided by the wall sconce that adds a bit of warmth to the space. In an office space they can add a touch of upscale professionalism to the ambiance. If they are located on a highly textured wall they can provide an interesting, if not dramatic, lighting effect on the wall known as wall grazing which highlights that texture by creating high and low levels of light on the wall.
- The Light Sources In Wall Sconces
- They may use incandescent or fluorescent light sources. Wall sconces with these light sources might provide a good deal of light, a modest amount of light, or just a hint of light. Fluorescent wall sconces generally use electricity most efficiently in providing a given amount of light.
- Where Can Wall Sconces Be Used?
- They can be used very successfully in any number of locations: hallways, museums, art galleries, trade show exhibits, offices, conference rooms, studies, churches, restaurants, taverns, hotel rooms, libraries, bathrooms, bedrooms, stairways, dining rooms, and living rooms.
- Where Should Wall Sconces Be Located?
- Generally they are installed at a height of 66in-72in above floor level (rooms with vaulted ceilings can take a higher placement). If sconces are used in a hallway, they should generally be spaced about 8ft-10ft apart and should be placed so that a given wall sconce on one wall is facing the area between two on the opposing wall. If they are placed in a location that can be viewed from above (for example, at the bottom of a stairway or under a balcony), you may want to consider covering the top with a louver or a diffuser to avoid glare.
- What Are ADA Compliant Wall Sconces?
- Some are ADA compliant which means that they comply with the specifications outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act. This act applies to light fixtures used in public circulation or egress spaces. In practice this means that wall mounted fixtures located below 6ft 8in in halls, corridors, passageways, or aisles must extend no greater than 4 inches from the wall. This also means that if the bottom of the wall sconce is 6ft 8in or more above the floor level, it does not have to meet this standard.
- Definition of A Wall Sconce
- An ornamental bracket fixed to a wall for holding a candle or electric light.
- History of The Wall Sconce
- Long ago, they were primarily mobile lighting devices which were carried to lighten the way throughout a home or passageway. These wall sconces were frequently hung on a wall or over a fireplace where they were readily available for the homeowner's use. Today, they are attached to a wall to provide permanent illumination.
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