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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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LBL Lighting

It's all about texture with this distinctive smoke glass wall sconce from LBL Lighting. A mouth-blown cylinder is rolled in a clea...r crystal frit then flash heated to get the unique, pebbled effect. The inner diffuser adds a rich, warm glow. The overall effect is shimmering and radiant. Smoke glass wall sconce from the Mini-Rock Candy Collection. Mouth-blown transparent glass cylinder. Bronze finish. Inner opal glass diffuser. Includes one 60 watt G9 halogen bulb. 12" high 4 1/2" wide. Extends 4" from the wall. ADA compliant. read more

Progress Lighting
$154.71 $245.55
at Wayfair

Features: Mini decorative vertical step or wall light Specifications: Voltage: 120v input Energy efficient Specifications: Bulb ac...commodates: 3 x 5W LED Integral dimmable transformer Frosted acrylic lens closure Unique eyelid design Vertical mounting in a standard recessed metal single gang wall box LED module is held in place with two screws Compatible with most 3-wire electronic low voltage dimmer switches UL-CUL wet location listed One piece construction that includes the lamp and transformer Gasket included Black finish 2700K color temperature Everlume Collection Show Additional Info read more

Artemide

The convenience and sleek style of the Melampo, designed specifically for the wall. The Artemide Melampo Mini Wall Task Light feat...ures a flared shade of Light Gray silk, which swivels and rotates for the desired lighting effect. The grayish tones of the shade are complemented by the aluminum base. Designed by Adrien Gardere. Since 1959, Artemide has created a wide array of modern table lamps, floor lamps, wall sconces and suspensions. Technologically advanced, and with styles ranging from clean and refined to sculptural and avant garde, many Artemide designs--especially the Tolomeo and Tizio--have become icons of contemporary lighting design. The Melampo Mini Wall Task Light is available with the following: Details: Light Gray silk shade Shade tilts up to 30 degrees, rotates up to 90 degrees Die-cast aluminum wall plate On/off switch on base Suitable for cord and plug connection to wall outlet or for direct mounting to junction boxes UL Listed Made in Italy Designed by Adrien Gardere, 2002 Lighting: One 60 Watt 120 Volt G16.5 Candelabra Base Incandescent lamp (not included). Dimensions: Fixture: Height 13.75", Width 9", Depth 11.75" Need help with some of our terminology? Check out Lumens' Lighting and Design Glossary. read more

Artemide

Designed by Michele De Lucchi and Gerhard Reichert, the Artemide Logico Mini Single Wall Sconce adds sculptured elegance to a wall...scape. The shade is made out of folds of hand-blown satined glass, which creates a soft aura of light all around. Available with either fluorescent or incandescent lamping. Also available in other sizes (sold separately). Since 1959, Artemide has created a wide array of modern table lamps, floor lamps, wall sconces and suspensions. Technologically advanced, and with styles ranging from clean and refined to sculptural and avant garde, many Artemide designs--especially the Tolomeo and Tizio--have become icons of contemporary lighting design. The Logico Mini Single Wall Sconce is available with the following: Details: Hand-blown glass shade with satined finish Concealed steel wall plate Silver Grey lacquered finish Can be mounted as an uplight or downlight ADA Compliant UL Listed Made in Italy Designed by Michele De Lucchi and Gerhard Reichert Options: Lamping: Incandescent, Fluorescent Lighting: Incandescent option utilizes one 75 Watt 120 Volt A19 Medium Base Incandescent lamp (not included). Fluorescent option utilizes two 13 Watt 120 Volt T4 Type 2Gx7 Base Fluorescent lamps (not included). Dimensions: Fixture: Height 9", Width 10", Depth 4" Need help with some of our terminology? Check out Lumens' Lighting and Design Glossary. 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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House of Troy

This swing arm wall sconce features a circular design that is accented by the rectangular shape of the backplate. With its practic...al lighting and transitional style, this fixture is suitable for a wide variety of spaces. A thirty inch matching cord... read more

House of Troy

10 Foot cord Off white linen softbackBase Backplate: 41 2" x 6" Bulb Included: No Bulb Type: Incandescent CA Title 20 Compliant: Y...eswith CFL Extension: 24 Installation Type: Plug In Light Direction: Up Lighting Number of Lights: 1 Origin: China Shade:... read more

House of Troy

This swing arm wall sconce features a woven pattern on the rectangular backplate that is complimented by a pleated, softback, tape...red drum shade. This fixture includes a thirty inch matching cord cover to complete the look.Base Backplate: 41 2" x 6"... 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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Livex Lighting

Sleek, chic, and marvelously modern - the Livex 9411-91 1-Light Wall Sconce in Brushed Nickel has a space-age charm all its own. T...he metal frame is finished in a bright brushed nickel and features a geometric backplate, thick peg arm, and contrasting slender lamp rod. The shade is handmade from satin white glass, and you?ll need to add one 100-watt medium base bulb. read more

Bel Air Lighting
$149.00
at Target

Power Source: Hardwired Electric PoweredInstallation Options: WallLight Bulb Type: IncandescentNumber of Light Bulbs: 3 Maximum Li...ght Bulb Wattage: 60 Watt IncandescentFrame Material: Cast AluminumProtective Qualities: Weather ResistantLighting Shade Material: GlassIncludes: Mounting HardwareNot Included: BulbsSafety and Security Features: UL ListedCare and Cleaning: Wipe Clean With a Damp ClothDimensions: 21.5 " H ; x 11.25 " W x 13.25 " D Weight: 10.0 Lb.Warranty Description: 1 Year Limited WarrantyBattery: no battery usedAseembly Details: assembly required read more

George Kovacs

E26 BaseADA Compliant: Yes Bulb Included: No Bulb Type: Incandescent Collection: ADA Sconces Energy Star Compliant: No Extension: ...4 Finish: Bronze Glass Shade: Venitian Glass Height: 16 Light Direction: Ambient Lighting Number of Lights: 2 Sconce Type:... read more

George Kovacs

E26 BaseADA Compliant: Yes Bulb Included: No Bulb Type: Incandescent Collection: ADA Sconces Energy Star Compliant: No Extension: ...4 Finish: Brushed Nickel Glass Shade: Perforated Steel with White Diffuser Height: 141 2 Height: 17 Light Direction:... 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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Woodbridge Lighting

Available with medium or GU24 base socket Setting: Indoor Fixture finish: Marbled bronze Shades: AE01 art glass Number of lights: ...1 Requires one 1 100-watt max medium base bulbs not included Dimensions: 14.5 inches high x 5.5 inches wide This fixture does need to be hard wired. Professional installation is recommended. read more

Woodbridge Lighting
$99.99-$100.00
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Available with medium or GU24 base socket Setting: Indoor Fixture finish: Marbled bronze Shades: AE02 art glass Number of lights: ...1 Requires one 1 100-watt max medium base bulbs not included Dimensions: 14.5 inches high x 5.5 inches wide Materials: Steel This fixture does need to be hard wired. Professional installation is recommended. read more

Quoizel
$149.99-$177.49
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An elegant curving steel frame adds a touch of modern style accenting the traditional beauty of this beautiful sconce by Quoizel. ...The Madison Manner sconce evokes a classic, timeless feeling as part of any lighting design. Setting: Indoor Materials: Steel, fabric Fixture finish: Imperial silver Number of lights: One Requires one 1 75-watt frosted G9 halogen bulb not included Shade dimensions: 7 1/2 inches x 8 1/2 inches x 4 inches Dimensions: 20 inches high x 8 1/2 inches wide with a 9-inch extension Weight: 3 pounds read more

Quoizel
$139.99-$159.99
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Theater Row pays homage to Thomas Edison with a vintage-inspired filament bulb that is not only nostalgic but also very trendy. It... is a perfect circle but tooled in an elegant way unlike any other item on the market. With the exposed bulbs and a choice of two finishes, imperial silver and western bronze, Theater Row brings old New York elegance to lighting. Setting: Indoor Material: Steel, fabric Fixture finish: Imperial silver Number of lights: One Reuqires one 1 60-watt A19 medium base bulb included Dimensions: 10 inches high x 10 inches wide with a 4-inch extension Weight: 3 pounds 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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Ballard Designs

Elegantly refined, our Waldorf Sconce is hand crafted of gracefully scrolled steel with two ruffled candlestick arms and sparkling... cut-glass crystal accents. Round cover plate features decorative oval center and scrolls echoing the teardrop crystal shapes. Hand applied mocha bronze finish. Uses two 60W max. candelabra bulbs. Hardwire only. Capiz chandelier shades not included. 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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Tech Lighting

Features: Track display light Note: Track Lighting is not universal. Tech Lighting products can only be used with Tech Lighting pr...oducts or warranty is void. read more

Tech Lighting

Features: Track display light Note: Track Lighting is not universal. Tech Lighting products can only be used with Tech Lighting pr...oducts or warranty is void. read more

Tech Lighting

Features: Pendant Clamps to wall monorail Pivots at head to direct beam ETL certified Accommodates 1 x 75W halogen bulb (included)... Vall collection Show Additional Info read more

WAC
$68.50 $105.00
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Make sure you have all the necessary components to fulfill the lighting look you desire. This wall power feed attaches to a juncti...on box and connects low volt wiring from a remote transformer. It feeds straight out from the wall and can only be used at the end of a rail run. So, go ahead and feed your rail systems the power to keep your lights shining brightly and beautifully. Features: Wall Power Feed For use with monorail systems NOTE: Track Lighting is not universal. W.A.C. Lighting products can only be used with W.A.C. Lighting products or warranty is void. 25 Amp maximum Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 4.5 Inches Overall Width - Side to Side: 4.5 Inches Overall Product Weight: 0.42 Pounds read more

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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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Metropolitan Lighting
$470.00 $587.50
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Clearly clean, yet sensually sinuous. The Metropolitan Lighting Berna Wall Sconce modernizes the classic candelabra sconce with a ...trio of undulating arms fashioned from Clear glass. Tucked inside each arm, the candleholder sits below the glass, creating a seamless look. Furthering the modern impression is a Chrome finish on the wall plate and fittings. Metropolitan Lighting, part of Minka Group, manufactures old world inspired, intricately detailed lighting in transitional and traditional styles as well as modern and contemporary designs. The Berna Wall Sconce is available with the following: Details: Three lights Clear Glass arms Chrome finish Round wall plate Lighting: Three 40 Watt 120 Volt Type T4 G9 Base Xenon lamps (included). Dimensions: Fixture: Height 9", Width 11.5", Depth 12.5" Need help with some of our terminology? Check out Lumens' Lighting and Design Glossary. read more

Berna Wall Sconce
Lamps Plus
$119.99 $179.99
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A beautiful and functional style lamp for bedrooms or next to reading chairs, the adjustable, plug-in swing arm is perfect for man...y tasks. This model features beautiful antique brass finish construction topped with a cotton/poly blend white shade. The rear extension features a novel, double-arm design. Antique brass finish. White softback shade. Takes one 100 watt bulb (not included). Backplate is 6" high and 4" wide. Extends 22". Shade is 5" across the top, 11" across the bottom, 7 1/2" on the slant, and 7 1/4" high. read more

Double Arm Antique Brass Swing Arm Wall Lamp
Lamps Plus
$99.99 $149.99
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This brushed steel swing arm wall lamp base comes with a full-range dimmer for easy light control. Includes 6 feet of cord that pl...ugs into any standard outlet. 12" shade not included. Brushed steel finish. Full-range dimmer. Takes one 100 watt bulb (not included). Extends 20 1/2" from the wall. Backplate is 5" wide and 5" high. Shade not included. read more

20" Brushed Steel Plug-In Style Swing Arm Wall Lamp Base
Lamps Plus
$119.98 $179.99
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This plug-in style swing arm lamp looks great by your bedside or next to your favorite seating area. Comes in a beautiful dark bro...nze finish. Attach lamp to wall and plug into any standard outlet using provided cord. Dark bronze finish. Rust fabric with gold braid trim top and bottom. Square sides. Takes one 60 watt bulb (not included). Shade is 5" across the top, 10" across the bottom and 9" high. Backplate is 4 1/4" wide, 7" high and extends 21 1/2" from the wall. read more

Rust Dark Bronze Plug-In Swing Arm Wall Lamp
Possini Euro Design
$99.99 $149.99
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This sleek brushed steel finish wall lamp base offers contemporary styling. The swing arm feature allows you to put light right wh...ere you need it. Shade sold separately. Brushed steel finish. Dimmer switch on base. Takes one 60 watt bulb (not included). 19" extension. Backplate is 4 1/2" wide, 7" high. read more

19" Brushed Steel Plug-in Swing Arm Wall Lamp Base
Stacy Garcia
$149.99 $224.99
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Give your decor a contemporary lift with a shade pattern conceived by internationally renowned hospitality designer Stacy Garcia. ...A swing arm with a little bit extra, this unique fixture design adds a level of functionality with two adjustable halogen lights. This wall mountable lamp plugs into any standard wall outlet, making the installation a snap. The one incandescent bulb and the two adjustable halogen lights below can be turned on separately for maximum flexibility. It has a three-position on-off rotary switch. This opaque canvas shade is custom made-to-order. U.S. Patent # 7,347,593. Exclusive Stacy Garcia giclee shade. Brushed steel finish. Custom giclee shade. Takes one 100 watt bulb (not included). Includes two 35 watt halogen bulbs. 17 1/2" high. 24 1/2" maximum arm extension. Wall plate is 5 1/2" wide. Shade is 12" across and 8 1/2" high. read more

Stacy Garcia Metropolitan Giclee Swing Arm Wall Light
Giclee Gallery
$149.99 $224.99
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A swing arm with a little bit extra, this unique fixture design adds a level of functionality with two adjustable halogen lights. ...The custom giclee shade features a tropical Aloha Lounge pattern. This wall mountable lamp plugs into any standard wall outlet, making the installation a snap. The one incandescent bulb and the two adjustable halogen lights below can be turned on separately for maximum flexibility. It has a three-position on-off rotary switch. This shade design is custom made-to-order. U.S. Patent # 7,347,593. Brushed steel finish. Custom giclee shade. Maximum 100 watt bulb (not included). Includes two 35 watt halogen bulbs for the bullet lights. 17 1/2" high. 24 1/2" maximum arm extension. 5 1/2" diameter wall plate. Shade is 12" across and 8 1/2" high. read more

Aloha Lounge Giclee Plug-In Swing Arm Wall Light
Stacy Garcia
$129.99 $194.99
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Give your decor a contemporary lift with this giclee shade swing arm wall light. The base features a warm bronze finish and a 24" ...arm extension. This plug-in wall light is easy to install; just plug into any standard wall outlet. A dimmer switch allows you to adjust the light output. This shade is custom made-to-order. U.S. Patent # 7,347,593. Bronze finish. Plug-in style. Dimmer switch. Maximum 75 watt or equivalent bulb (not included). 24" maximum arm extension. Square wallplate is 5 1/2" across and 1" deep. Shade is 12" wide and 8 1/2" high. read more

Stacy Garcia Calligraphy Tree Ice Bronze Swing Arm Wall Light
Giclee Glow
$129.99 $194.99
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Give your decor a contemporary lift with this giclee shade swing arm wall light. This stylish design features a custom-printed gic...lee pattern on the shade and a brushed steel finish on the base. With an ample 26? arm extension. Shade printing process U.S. Patent# 7,347,593. Brushed steel finish. Dimmer switch on base. Maximum 100 watt or equivalent bulb (not included). Backplate is 4 1/2" wide, 6 1/2" high, and 1" deep. Shade is 12" wide and 8 1/2" high. 14" high. Extends 26" from the wall. read more

Technocolors Plug-In Swing Arm Wall Light
Giclee Glow
$129.99 $194.99
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Give your decor a contemporary lift with this giclee shade swing arm wall light. This stylish design features a custom-printed gic...lee pattern on the shade and a brushed steel finish on the base. With an ample 26? arm extension. Shade printing process U.S. Patent# 7,347,593. Brushed steel finish. Dimmer switch on base. Maximum 100 watt or equivalent bulb (not included). Backplate is 4 1/2" wide, 6 1/2" high, and 1" deep. Shade is 12" wide and 8 1/2" high. 14" high. Extends 26" from the wall. read more

Safari Zebra Plug-In Swing Arm Wall Light
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