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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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Artemide
$1,170.00
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Design by Michele De Lucchi and Gerhard Reichert. By Artemide. The Logico Triple Wall Sconce by Artemide provides diffused incande...scent or fluorescent lighting and represents a departure from traditional glassblowing with its complex form. Featuring a hand-blown venetian glass diffuser with a satin finish, supported by a concealed wall plate in grey lacquered steel that mounts to a standard electrical junction box. Available in three sizes, the Mini and Micro sizes are ADA compliant. read more

Artemide
$310.00
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Design by Neil Poulton. By Artemide. The Talo 21 Mini Wall Light features a body with profiles in extruded aluminum and end caps i...n die-cast aluminum, an upper diffuser in clear molded polycarbonate and a lower diffuser in opaline molded polycarbonate. A wall supporting plate in steel mounts to standard electrical junction boxes, with additional concealed body wall fastening required for longer models. Available in white, silver grey, satin chrome, or brilliant chrome finish. read more

Artemide
$370.00
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Design by Michele De Lucchi and Gerhard Reichert. By Artemide. The Logico Single Wall Sconce by Artemide provides diffused incande...scent or fluorescent lighting and represents a departure from traditional glassblowing with its complex form. Featuring a hand-blown venetian glass diffuser with a satin finish, supported by a concealed wallplate in grey lacquered steel that mounts to a standard electrical junction box. Available in three sizes, the Mini and Micro sizes are ADA compliant. read more

Artemide
$1,325.00
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Design by Ross Lovegrove, 2009. By Artemide. The Droplet Mini Wall or Ceiling Light layers a suspended reflector from its semi-flu...sh mount primary light source. Features a die-cast aluminum lighting unit with a painted die-cast aluminum reflector. Available in halogen or LED lamping options. IP20 Rated, UL Listed. 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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Lamps Plus
$99.99 $149.99
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Add form and beautiful function to your living space with this plug-in swing arm wall light. The piece comes in a crisp white fini...sh and features a full-range dimmer that makes it easy to control the light output. With a white hardback drum shade on top. White finish. Takes one 100 watt bulb (not included). 15" high. 11" wide. Maximum extension of 24" . Wall plate is 5" high, 5" wide. Shade is 9" across the top, 11" across the bottom and 8" high. read more

Lamps Plus
$119.99 $179.99
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Create a great reading spot with swing arm lamps. This stylish, swing arm lamp allows you to direct task lighting just where neede...d. Features a fully adjustable nickel finish round tent head. Comes with six feet of cord and plugs into any wall outlet. Nickel finish. Plug-in design. Includes one 35 watt halogen bulb. Head measures 4 3/4" wide. Wall plate measures 5" wide. Includes full-range dimmer. Extends 23 1/2" from the wall. read more

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$99.99 $149.99
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This beautiful brushed steel, plug-in style swing arm lamp is the perfect, contemporary room accent. The dark wood accents emphasi...ze the lamp's crisp, clean lines, while the bell shade adds a perfectly modern look. Get the ideal lighting level with the included full-range dimmer. Brushed steel finish with dark wood accents. White empire shade. Takes one 60 watt bulb (not included). Full-range dimmer. Measures 15" high. Baseplate measures 5" square. Extends 27" from wall. Shade measures 6" across the top, 13" across the bottom, 9" on the slant. read more

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$119.99 $179.99
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A beautiful look for bedrooms, reading chairs and more. The design features an adjustable swing arm that's perfect for reading or ...other tasks. It comes in a matte bronze finish over steel. The fabric drum shade softens the light throw. Matte bronze finish. Plug-in style. Full range dimmer switch. Takes one 100 watt bulb (not included). 12" wide. 15" high. Extends 24" from the wall. Shade is 10" across the top, 12" across the bottom and 8 1/2" on the slant. Backplate is 6 1/2" high and 4 1/2" wide. 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.

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: 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

Woodbridge Lighting
$90.00 $100.00
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Available with medium or GU24 base socket Setting: Indoor Fixture finish: Marbled bronze Shades: AE18 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

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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Maxim Lighting
$75.60 $95.00
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Aurora collection?s straight lines and curves make this contemporary series a classic. Square metal tubing finished in your choice... of Oil Rubbed Bronze or Satin Nickel support tapered square Frost glass shades. Frosted Glass One Year Warranty read more

Aztec Lighting
$21.59 $23.99
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Contemporary styling, gentle curves and a two-light design gives this gorgeous fixture just the right touch of opulence. This tran...sitional wall sconce from Aztec Lighting also spotlights a white finish. Light heads are independently adjustable Setting: Indoor Fixture finish: White Shades: White metal shades Number of lights: 2 Requires two 2 50 watt R20 medium base bulbs not included Dimensions: 6 inches high x 20 inches wide x 8-inch extension This fixture does need to be hard wired. Professional installation is recommended. 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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ProTrack
$169.99 $254.99
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Brighten your home with this handsome wall or ceiling light fixture from Pro Track. A multi-directional track light that may be ad...justed as needed. Canopy and downrods come in a handsome oil-rubbed bronze finish. With crackle-style amber glass. From Pro Track. Oil-rubbed bronze finish. Crackle-style amber glass. Adjustable, multi-directional lights. Takes four 60 watt ceiling bulbs (not included). Canopy is 6 1/2" wide and 1" high. 36" wide. 10 1/2" high. Glass measures 4" high x 3 1/4" wide. read more

WAC Lighting
$85.50 $134.00
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Line voltage track head with die cast body and baffle has lens/baffle unit that snaps out for relamping. Black finish. 3 1/2 L x 5... Dia x 7" Max Ext. Uses "L" track and includes J-type 78MM (J-200-S), 200-watt lamp. For measurements and specifications, click on the link below. read more

WAC Lighting
$85.50 $134.00
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Line voltage track head with die cast body and baffle has lens/baffle unit that snaps out for relamping. Black finish. 3 1/2 L x 5... Dia x 7" Max Ext. Uses "H" track and includes J-type 78MM (J-200-S), 200-watt lamp. For measurements and specifications, click on the link below. read more

WAC Lighting
$85.50 $134.00
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Line voltage track head with die cast body and baffle has lens/baffle unit that snaps out for relamping. White finish. 3 1/2 L x 5... Dia x 7" Max Ext. Uses "H" track and includes J-type 78MM (J-200-S), 200-watt lamp. For measurements and specifications, click on the link below. 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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Kichler Lighting
$197.98 $477.00
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Lodge-style light with a country twist Hand-painted Old Iron metal finish Striking Umbered Alabaster Swirl glass shades Overall di...mensions: 32W x 11.5H inches Wall extension: 8 inches Includes 9 inches of lead wire Requires four 100-watt medium base bulbs (not included) Whats Included Light fixture, Shades, 9 inches lead wireWhats Not Included BulbsDescription About Kichler Since 1938, Cleveland-based Kichler Lighting has been known for their innovative designs and excellent craftsmanship. Kichler is the worlds leading decorative lighting fixture company and the winner of four ARTS Lighting Manufacturer of the Year awards. Kichler designers travel the world to discover the latest trends in exterior and interior style, colors, and designs. Then they translate the best of those trends into fixtures that will bring beauty, pleasure, and light into your home. Kichler fixtures stand the test of time and are functional works of art that youre sure to treasure. read more

Kichler High Country Bathroom Wall Light - 32W in. Old Iron
Lamps Plus
$99.99 $149.99
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A high-tech, contemporary design. The piece features chrome and brushed nickel finishes with beautiful glass elements. Four haloge...n lights offer generous lighting. Two of the lights are adjustable, while panes of clear and etched glass diffuse two fixed lights. May be either ceiling or wall mounted. Chrome and brushed nickel finish. Clear and etched glass. May be either ceiling or wall mounted. Includes four 50 watt halogen bulbs. 10 1/4" square. Extends 4" from wall or ceiling. read more

Chrome and Glass Halogen Light Ceiling and Wall Fixture
Lamps Plus
$129.98 $194.99
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Crisp, contemporary wall light styling. Brushed steel swing arm comes with a full-range dimmer and a white fabric drum shade. Incl...udes six feet of cord that plugs into any wall outlet. Brushed steel finish. White fabric drum shade. Takes one 100 watt bulb (not included). Backplate measures 5" wide, 5" high. Extends 20 1/2" from wall. read more

Brushed Steel Plug-In Swing Arm Wall Lamp
Lamps Plus
$99.95 $224.99
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Tiffany style panels lend this swing arm wall light a charming appeal. Bronze finish. Round shade with amber, green and purple col...or panels. Simply hang on wall, then plug into any standard wall outlet for instant lighting style! Includes full-range dimmer on wall plate. Bronze finish. Tiffany-style glass. Maximum extension of 23" from the wall. Takes one 100 watt bulb (not included). 17" high. 12" wide. Backplate is 4 1/4" wide, 6 1/2" high, and 1" deep. Shade is 12" wide and 9 1/4" high with finial. read more

Tiffany Style Glass Panel Plug-In Swing Arm Wall Lamp
Lamps Plus
$139.99 $209.99
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Double swing arm lamps give you full functionality when reading. A cool, crisp and modern look. Double swing arm wall lamp design ...comes in a brushed steel finish. The piece features a built-in dimmer on each lamp for easy lighting control. Six foot cord plugs into any standard wall outlet. Brushed steel finish. Built-in dimmer on each lamp. Includes two 35 watt halogen bulbs. 5 1/2" high. 23" wide. Extends up to 23 1/2" from wall. read more

Brushed Steel Double Plug-In Headboard Swing Arm Wall Lamp
Lamps Plus
$99.99 $149.99
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Add form and beautiful function to your living space with this plug-in swing arm wall light. The piece comes in a crisp white fini...sh and features a full-range dimmer that makes it easy to control the light output. With a white hardback drum shade on top. White finish. Takes one 100 watt bulb (not included). 15" high. 11" wide. Maximum extension of 24" . Wall plate is 5" high, 5" wide. Shade is 9" across the top, 11" across the bottom and 8" high. read more

White Plug-In Swing Arm Wall Lamp
Lamps Plus
$119.99 $179.99
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Create a great reading spot with swing arm lamps. This stylish, swing arm lamp allows you to direct task lighting just where neede...d. Features a fully adjustable nickel finish round tent head. Comes with six feet of cord and plugs into any wall outlet. Nickel finish. Plug-in design. Includes one 35 watt halogen bulb. Head measures 4 3/4" wide. Wall plate measures 5" wide. Includes full-range dimmer. Extends 23 1/2" from the wall. read more

Nickel Halogen Plug-In Swing Arm Wall Lamp
Lamps Plus
$99.99 $149.99
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This beautiful brushed steel, plug-in style swing arm lamp is the perfect, contemporary room accent. The dark wood accents emphasi...ze the lamp's crisp, clean lines, while the bell shade adds a perfectly modern look. Get the ideal lighting level with the included full-range dimmer. Brushed steel finish with dark wood accents. White empire shade. Takes one 60 watt bulb (not included). Full-range dimmer. Measures 15" high. Baseplate measures 5" square. Extends 27" from wall. Shade measures 6" across the top, 13" across the bottom, 9" on the slant. read more

Dark Wood Plug-In Swing Arm Wall Lamp
Possini Euro Design
$149.99 $224.99
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This wall mounted light has both a shaded swing arm function and a flexible, directional LED bullet light. These two lights can be... lit separately or together. Gracefully contemporary, this swing arm offers serene style as well as functionality. From the Possini Euro Design lighting collection. Brushed steel finish backplate. Plug-in style. LED gooseneck reading light. Regular bulb in drum shade. Can be lit separately or together. Built-in LEDs in gooseneck light. 2 watt LED; 110 lumens; 5000 Kelvins. LED comparable to an 15 watt incandescent bulb. Takes one 100 watt bulb (not included). Backplate is 7" high, 4 3/4" wide, and 1" deep. Shade is 5 1/2" high, 12" wide. Extends 24" from the wall. Height is 12 1/2". read more

Possini Euro Plug-In LED Reading Swing Arm Wall Light
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 150 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 Lemongrass Stripe Giclee Swing Arm Wall Light
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