Wall Lighting Buying Guide

From lighting a long hallway to brightening a bathroom, wall lighting is a much relied on form of illumination that offers options in a range of sizes and functions.

Types of Wall Lighting

Types of Wall Lighting

Most people assume that all wall lighting comes in the form of sconces. While single-bulb and multilight sconces compose much of wall lighting, other options also light up walls. Miniature wall lighting fixtures fit perfectly in small spaces, while swing arms offer great options for bedrooms and work spaces. Track lighting adds glow to more problematic spaces, and picture wall lights accent decorative highlights. Here’s a quick guide to wall lighting options.

Miniature Fixtures

Diminutive spaces require downsized wall lights, which come thanks to miniature versions. The small versions work well in closets or clustered together in work spaces, such as laundry rooms.

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Maxim Lighting
$180.00

Small pendants reminiscent of yesteryear are available in polished nickel. In addition to the numerous metal shades, glass shades ...in clear, mirror smoke and satin white are also offered. The optional antique replica light bulb adds to the authentic... read more

Maxim
$140.00

Maxim MAX-25060SN-BUI Mini Hi-Bay Satin Nickel Wall Sconce. Lighting > Wall Sconces. Maxim Wall Sconce, Mini Hi-Bay Collection, Sm...all pendants reminiscent of yesteryear are available in your choice of Bronze, Antique Copper, Satin Nickel, and Polished Nickel, In addition to the numerous metal shades, glass shades in Clear, Mirror Smoke, and Satin White are also offered, The optional Antique Replica light bulb adds to the authentic look, Bulb Type: 1x60W MB Incandescent (Included), Back Plate Dimensions: 6" x 6", Product Dimensions: 9.75"L x 8"W x 7.25"H:. read more

Maxim
$136.00

Maxim MAX-25080BZ-BUI Mini Hi-Bay Bronze Wall Sconce. Lighting > Wall Sconces. Maxim Wall Sconce, Mini Hi-Bay Collection, Small pe...ndants reminiscent of yesteryear are available in your choice of Bronze, Antique Copper, Satin Nickel, and Polished Nickel, In addition to the numerous metal shades, glass shades in Clear, Mirror Smoke, and Satin White are also offered, The optional Antique Replica light bulb adds to the authentic look, Bulb Type: 1x60W MB Incandescent (Included), Back Plate Dimensions: 6" x 6", Product Dimensions: 10.25"L x 8"W x 7.75"H:. read more

Maxim
$146.00

Maxim MAX-25067SWPN-BUI Mini Hi-Bay Polished Nickel Wall Sconce. Lighting > Wall Sconces. Maxim Wall Sconce, Mini Hi-Bay Collectio...n, Small pendants reminiscent of yesteryear are available in your choice of Bronze, Antique Copper, Satin Nickel, and Polished Nickel, In addition to the numerous metal shades, glass shades in Clear, Mirror Smoke, and Satin White are also offered, The optional Antique Replica light bulb adds to the authentic look, Bulb Type: 1x60W MB Incandescent (Included), Glass: Satin White, Back Plate Dimensions: 6" x 6", Product Dimensions: 10.5"L x 10"W x 8.75"H:. read more

Swing Arms

The distinguishing characteristic of this type of wall light is its flexibility. You can move the light source out and away from the wall as needed. Swing arms fit perfecting in bedrooms that have no space for a nightstand.

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Generic
$324.50

Single Swing Arm Wall Lamp - White Powder-Coated Finish - 13-in Pleated Linen Lamp Shade - 6 Power Supply Cord - Three-Way Socket ...- Use One 327362 Three-Way Incandescent Bulb (Not Included) Item Dimensions: Length: 14 x Height: 8.4 x Width: 13.6. read more

Livex Lighting
$159.90

Livex LightingConvenient and stylish this swing arm wall light features a simple circular back plate off-white linen hard back sha...de and an included cord cover. With the ability to swivel the light wherever it is needed and adjust the level of lighting with the included 3-way switch this light is perfect for curling up with a book or for working on hobbies.1 x 100 Watt 3- Way Med Base Cord Cover Included Plug-in or Hardwired OptionBackplate Size: 5" Dia Bulb Type: Incandescent Collection: Swing Arm Wall Lamp Ext.: 25 Finish: Bronze Height: 15-1 4 Light Direction: Ambient Lighting Number of Lights: 1 Shade: Off-White Linen Hard Back Shade Suggested Room Fit: Bedroom Foyer Living Room Top to Mount: 12-3 4" Height Wattage: 100 Weight (lbs.): 6 Width: 11 read more

Design Craft
$54.99

Functionality and design come together in this Haney swing-arm wall light. This gorgeous bronze wall lamp is made out of real meta...l and features a thick decorative shade that diffuses warm light. The convenient swing arm makes this fixture a useful... read more

Dainolite
$230.00

One steel shade houses the bulb of this convenient wall light from Dainolite. With a polished chrome finish, this fixture is the p...erfect addition to your home of office. 24-inch cord cover Arm extends to 17 inches Setting: Indoor Fixture finish: Chrome... read more

Outdoor Wall Sconces

A sconce used on the exterior of a house needs to be rated for outdoor use. Look for this designation when reviewing options for outdoor lighting at doors and windows.

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Troy Lighting
$342.00 $290.70

Asian-inspired design suitable indoors or out. The Troy Lighting Sapporo Outdoor Wall Sconce features a unique, jagged-edged wroug...ht iron base, its mottled texture enhanced by the Sapporo Silver finish. This singular structure gleams softly with the light diffused by the Frosted glass shade. Troy Lighting, headquartered in California, designs and manufactures indoor and outdoor lighting fixtures, utilizing hand-forged iron and hand-applied finishes to create quality products with high-style appeal. read more

Troy Lighting
$240.00 $204.00

On trend with the popular vintage-industrial lighting aesthetic, the Troy Lighting Raleigh Outdoor Wall Sconce offers factory-insp...ired details for an authentic look. The Old Silver metal shade is impressed with a faux-riveted plaque bearing pertinent details, and the wall plate is stamped in true warehouse style. A small decorative valve handle at the ball joint adds a charming touch. Troy Lighting, headquartered in California, designs and manufactures indoor and outdoor lighting fixtures, utilizing hand-forged iron and hand-applied finishes to create quality products with high-style appeal. read more

Troy Lighting
$396.00 $336.60

The Troy Lighting Pamplona Outdoor Wall Sconce adds a rustic and traditional appearance to your decor and is hand-crafted by exper...t artisans. The Pamplona Outdoor Wall Sconce features Clear Seeded glass shade, hand-forged iron body and Old Bronze finish. Troy Lighting, headquartered in California, designs and manufactures indoor and outdoor lighting fixtures, utilizing hand-forged iron and hand-applied finishes to create quality products with high-style appeal. read more

Troy Lighting
$308.00 $261.80

Add an element of rustic Americana to exterior spaces with the Troy Lighting Sagamore Outdoor Wall Sconce. It features sparkling C...lear Seeded glass set within a hand-forged iron frame finished in Centennial Rust. An Amber glass cylinder within softens light into a warm glow. Available in three sizes. Troy Lighting, headquartered in California, designs and manufactures indoor and outdoor lighting fixtures, utilizing hand-forged iron and hand-applied finishes to create quality products with high-style appeal. read more

Sconces

The most-used form of wall lighting, sconces consist of a bulb hidden by a shade mounted on the wall. Some lights adjust up or down based on the fixture.

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ELK Lighting
$222.00

Torch Sconces/Draping Leaf Wall Sconce 1- Light Wall Sconce In Gold LeafFeatures: Number of Bulb: 1Bulb Type: 60W CANDItem Collect...ion: Torch Sconces/Draping Leaf Wall SconceFinish: Gold Leaf read more

Bruck Lighting
$345.00

An organic design that illuminates from both sides of its elliptical body. The Bruck Lighting Eclipse 2 Wall Sconce is an indirect... LED sconce that can be easily mounted vertically or horizontally for a customizable lighting effect along your walls. The fixture is made of extruded aluminum and includes an onboard driver. Available in Brushed Chrome exterior housing with White Inner reflector, White exterior housing with White Inner reflector, or Black exterior housing with Gold Inner reflector. Covers a standard j-box. Bruck Lighting, founded in Germany in 1968, combines technologically-advanced lighting designs with innovative energy efficient light sources. The expansive lighting collection from Bruck ranges from flexible LED track lighting to hand-blown glass pendants to sleek display lighting. read more

Hudson Valley Lighting
$384.00

More modern than American Traditional, the Hudson Valley Amherst 2-Light Wall Sconce has a similar warmth paired with soft contemp...orary chicness. Its dual lamps feature faux silk shades and a Polished Nickel finish. Crystal accents sparkle from the fixture, offering an enduring beauty whether the light is turned on or off. Hudson Valley is known for their strong traditional, vintage, reproduction and contemporary lighting. Offering the same attention to detail that was evident during the early twentieth century, Hudson Valley boasts a range of classic finishes and glass selections that will surely satisfy even the most discriminating customer. read more

Hudson Valley Lighting
$600.00

The Rockford Wall Sconce by Hudson Valley Lighting, has a timeless appeal and provides warm accent lighting. Hudson Valley Lightin...g, located in Newburgh, NY, designs and manufactures vintage and contemporary lighting to exacting standards. Hudson Valley is known for their strong traditional, vintage, reproduction and contemporary lighting. Offering the same attention to detail that was evident during the early twentieth century, Hudson Valley boasts a range of classic finishes and glass selections that will surely satisfy even the most discriminating customer. read more

Multilight Sconces

Often used in bathrooms and kitchens, multilight sconces are simply a longer version of a single-bulb sconce. The larger sconces contain two or more bulbs for illumination.

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John-Richard Collection
$550.00

Handcrafted. Iron frame. Faceted optical glass droplets suspended in metal settings cut on the bias. Synthetic-silk shade with gol...den trim and gold-foil lining. Uses two 60-watt bulbs. Direct wire; professional installation required. 12"W x 6.5"D x 24"T. Imported. Weight, 5 lbs. Boxed weight, approximately 10 lbs. Please note that this item may require additional shipping charges. read more

SWAROVSKI
$385.00

Wrought iron frame. Silver-leaf finish. Swarovski crystal. Uses two 60-watt bulbs. Direct wire; assembly and professional installa...tion required. 12"W x 5.25"D x 18.25"T. Imported. Weight, 6 lbs. Boxed weight, approximately 9 lbs. Please note that this item may require additional shipping charges. read more

$295.00

Transitional two-light sconce. Made of metal. Warm brass finish. Fabric shades. Uses two 60-watt bulbs. Direct wire; professional ...installation required. 18.125"W x 5.5"D x 28.75"T. Imported. Weight, 7.25 lbs; boxed weight, approximately 9.4 lbs. Please note that this item may require additional shipping charges. read more

Eurofase
$148.00

A double-ended stick of light, the Eurofase Vesper Two Light Wall Sconce is an excellent solution for those looking for affordable... bathroom lighting in a contemporary or transitional setting. Softly set against a round wallplate and completed with a finished-metal holder. Based in Toronto, Canada, Eurofase has been presenting artful and innovative illumination since 1989. They continually promote the use of cost-saving lighting technologies, including LED, halogen and compact fluorescent, in an effort to provide for the lighting needs of an expanding energy efficient culture. read more

Picture Lights

The classic picture light mounts on a short stem and contains a long bulb that casts accent light on a photo or framed artwork. Most picture lights are hardwired into the electrical system and activated by a switch.

Track Lighting

Primarily used on ceilings, track lighting can also be mounted vertically or horizontally on a wall.

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WAC Lighting
$119.70 $85.50

This track head is compatible with H-Track system Features: Made of die-cast aluminum Integrated black louver for glare control Hi...gh output wall wash luminaire Uses 150 watt J-150-S bulb (included) Dims to 5% with Triac dimmer Lamping Technology: Bulb Base - Specialty - Specialty bulb bases are utilized in certain fixtures to meet very specific needs. Specifications: Bulb Base: Specialty Bulb Included: Yes Depth: 7" Dimmable: Yes Height: 5" Manufacturer Warranty: 5 Year Material: Aluminum Number of Bulbs: 1 Track Accessory Type: Track Heads Track System: H-Track UL Rating: Dry Location Voltage: 120v Voltage Type: Line Voltage Wattage: 150 Watts Per Bulb: 150 Width: 3.688" (measured from furthest point left to furthest point right on fixture) Compliance: UL Listed - Indicates whether a product meets standards and compliance guidelines set by Underwriters Laboratories. This listing determines what types of rooms or environments a product can be used in safely. read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

As with virtually every other type of light fixture, wall lighting fixtures should be evaluated based on a number of factors. Size and style are always concerns, but so are how the fixture works with controls and dimmers. Because most wall lighting fixtures operate with a switch, review installation requirements and consider the total effect of lighting in the room as you combine wall lighting with other light sources. Here’s how to evaluate your wall lighting choices.

Size and Style

Wall lighting fixtures need to be chosen in proportion to both the size of the room and the wall space the fixtures will occupy. Fixture style affects how the light is perceived and how well the wall lighting works with the decor and other light sources in the room.

Installation

Most wall lighting fixtures are hardwired, so installation works best in a large remodeling or new construction project. If you’re just swapping a new fixture for an old one, you may be able to reuse the electrical connections.

Lighting Combination

On their own, wall lighting fixtures probably will not sufficiently light a whole space. Use them for task or accent lighting and make sure to adequately provide enough overall illumination with other light sources.

Controls and Dimmers

Many wall lighting fixtures are switch-activated and some can be dimmed. Very small picture lights may possess an on/off switch on the fixture. Check that placement and control of your favorite wall lighting fixtures will not be problematic.

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Better Homes and Gardens
$9.97 $9.88

Better Homes and Gardens 23" Wall Sconces, Set of 2:Includes 2 decorative Metal wall sconcesHolds pillar candles (not included)Gre...at for the home read more

Progress Lighting
$990.00 $594.00

Features: Die-cast aluminum housing provides firm mounting over recessed junction boxes Door is cast aluminum for typical commerci...al applications Polycarbonate lens 0-10V dimming drivers standard UL rated for wet locations Highly efficient LEDs produce little heat and have an extremely long lifespan 5 year limited warranty -40°F to 104°F operating temperature Certifications: UL-1598 Dimensions: Extension: 8" Height: 15" Length: 14 7/8" Width: 8" Electrical Specifications: Bulb Type: LED Color Temperature: 4000K Lumens: 4505 Number of Bulbs: 1 Voltage: Universal 120V-277V Wattage: 68 read more

Lithonia Lighting
$902.00 $676.50

Product Features: Useful in 347V commercial applications Includes 148 watt Integrated LED module High quality weather resistant al...uminum construction Clear polycarbonate lens completely seals the diodes from moisture and contaminants UL and CUL listed for wet locations All mounting hardware included 5 year limited manufacturer warranty Product Dimensions: Height: 12.75" Width: 14.5" Depth: 5.5" Extension: 5.5" Electrical Specifications: Bulb Base: Integrated LED Bulb Type: LED Number of Bulbs: 1 Bulb Included: Yes Wattage: 148w Voltage: 347v Color Rendering Index (CRI): 70 Color Temperature: 5000K Average Hours: 100000 Lumens: 12760 read more

WAC Lighting
$756.00 $540.00

Features: High performance accent, wall wash spot and perimeter lighting is made easy with dimmable energy efficient Multiple Spot... recessed luminaires using energy efficient, long lasting LED technology to reduce energy consumption and maintenance. Die-cast aluminum heads, steel trims and housings ANSI Compliant Warm / Neutral LED Bins for the finest color consistency possible Full scale dimming to 1%, Optimal dimming with Electronic Low Voltage (ELV) dimmer IC RatedLamping Technology: LED - Light Emitting Diode: Highly efficient diodes produce little heat and have an extremely long lifespan.Specifications: Number of Bulbs: 2 Bulb Type: LED Watts Per Bulb: 11 Wattage: 22 Voltage: 120 Average Hours: 50000 Color Rendering Index (CRI): 85 Color Temperature: 2700K Lumens: 1278 Height: 6" Depth: 8.63" Width: 21.25" Energy Star: No UL Listed: Yes UL Rating: Dry LocationCompliance: UL Listed - Indicates whether a product meets standards and compliance guidelines set by Underwriters Laboratories. This listing determines what types of rooms or environments a product can be used in safely. ETL Listed - Indicates whether a product meets standards and compliance guidelines set by Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory(NRTL). This listing determines what types of rooms or environments a product can be used in safely.About WAC Lighting: WAC Lighting takes a leadership approach within the industry in manufacturing, product development and social responsibility and continues to build their technological and research core competencies to develop a robust product assortment that is supported by a first-class team, distinguishing our company from the competition as a true leader in Solid State Lighting. read more

Lithonia Lighting
$770.00 $577.50

Features: Rugged cast-aluminum housing with bronze polyester powder paint for lasting durability Door is hinged on the side Castin...gs are sealed with a one-piece gasket to inhibit the entrance of external contaminants Prismatic glass lens designed for superior lighting distribution, uniformity and fixture spacing Designed for wall mounting above four feet from ground 5-year limited warrantyLamping Technology: LED - Light Emitting Diode: Highly efficient diodes produce little heat and have an extremely long lifespan.Specifications: Bulb Type: LED Wattage: 79 Average Hours: 100000 Color Rendering Index (CRI): 67 Color Temperature: 5000K Lumens: 6979 Height: 9" Width: 17" Depth: 9.3125" Energy Star: No Dark Sky: No Motion Sensor: No Photocell: No Solar: No ADA: No UL Listed: Yes read more

Access Lighting
$975.00 $650.00

Product Features: Part of the Spa Collection 3 year warranty fully protects against defective material and workmanship Fixture is ...non-dimmable - single light color setting ETL listed for Damp Location Energy efficient LED lighting technology Available in a 28.5" wide round version Product Specifications: Diameter: 24.5" Extension: 2.5" (measured from mounting surface to furthest protruding point on fixture) Location Rating: Damp Location Voltage: 120v Maximum Wattage: 20 Watts Per Bulb: 20 Bulb Base: Integrated LED Bulb Type: LED Number of Bulbs: 1 Bulb Included: Yes Color Temperature: 2800 Lumens: 3009 Color Rendering Index (CRI): 85Product Variations: 70086LED: LED Wall Sconce - 1 Light - 28.5" Width read more

Lithonia Lighting
$710.00 $532.50

Features: Die-cast aluminum housing has an impact-resistant, tempered glass lens that is fully gasketed Modular design allows for ...ease of maintenance LED driver is mounted to the front casting Housing is completely sealed against moisture and environmental contaminants Exterior parts are protected by a zinc-infused Super Durable TGIC thermoset powder coat finish 5-year limited warrantyLamping Technology: LED - Light Emitting Diode: Highly efficient diodes produce little heat and have an extremely long lifespan.Specifications: Bulb Type: LED Wattage: 104 Average Hours: 100000 Color Rendering Index (CRI): 65 Color Temperature: 5000K Lumens: 6728 Height: 15.75" Width: 16.25" Depth: 8" Energy Star: No Dark Sky: No Motion Sensor: No Photocell: Yes Solar: No ADA: No read more

Lithonia Lighting
$880.00 $660.00

Features: Energy Efficient LED technology allows you to save money on your energy bill Aluminum construction in Gloss Bronze 150 W... LED; included MVOLT LED driver UL Listed to U.S. and Canadian safety standards for wet locations. Rated for -40° C minimum ambient. Specifications: Bulb Base: Integrated LED Bulb Included: Yes Bulb Type: LED Wattage: 150 Voltage: 120v, 277v Average Hours: 100000 Color Rendering Index (CRI): 70 Color Temperature: 4000K Lumens: 13500 Height: 5.5" Width: 12.75" (measured from furthest point left to furthest point right on fixture) Diameter: 14.5" Dimmable: No ADA: No UL Listed: Yes UL Rating: Wet Location read more

Access Lighting
$1,035.00 $690.00

Product Features: Part of the Spa Collection 3 year warranty fully protects against defective material and workmanship Fixture is ...non-dimmable - single light color setting ETL listed for Damp Location Energy efficient LED lighting technology Available in a 24.5" wide square version Product Specifications: Width: 28.5" (measured from furthest point left to furthest point right on fixture) Extension: 2.5" (measured from mounting surface to furthest protruding point on fixture) Location Rating: Damp Location Voltage: 120v Maximum Wattage: 30 Watts Per Bulb: 30 Bulb Base: Integrated LED Bulb Type: LED Number of Bulbs: 1 Bulb Included: Yes Color Temperature: 2800 Lumens: 4420 Color Rendering Index (CRI): 85Product Variations: 70085LED: LED Wall Sconce - 1 Light - 24.5" Width read more

Progress Lighting
$1,095.00 $657.00

Features: Borosilicate glass refractor softens lamp image and provides uniform distribution Cast aluminum frame holds lens and sea...ls to housing gasket with two stainless steel screws Door assembly hinges down Cast aluminum housing with three 1/2" conduit entries (on top and sides), for button photo control or surface conduit All units have dark bronze powder paint finish UL rated for wet locations Highly efficient LEDs produce little heat and have an extremely long lifespan Made of aluminum 5 year limited warranty -40°F to 104°F operating temperature Certifications: UL-1598, RoHS, IP-66 Dimensions: Extension: 13" Height: 9" Length: 17" Width: 13" Electrical Specifications: Bulb Type: LED Color Temperature: 4000K Lumens: 10151 Number of Bulbs: 1 Voltage: Universal 120V-277V Wattage: 97 read more

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