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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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$843.20 $992.00
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Design by Joana Bover, 1998.Made in Spain, by Bover.Weighty expression crafted with nimble tone. Cotton or parchment shades allows... for numerous decorative lighting solutions.Choose from shade in parchment or cotton. Available with black iron or... read more


Design by Michele De Lucchi, Giancarlo Fassina.In 1989, when the Tolomeo table/task was given the Compasso d'Oro award for Italian... industrial design it was credited with having achieved the perfect marriage between design and engineering that works... read more


Design by Adriano Rachele.Made by Slamp. The Veli Prisma Mini Ceiling/Wall Light combines fluid lines and exquisite detail to crea...te a decorative lighting fixture that adds a unique charm to any modern home decor. Featuring a highly functional design,... read more

$822.50 $2,350.00
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Design by Ross Lovegrove, 2009.By Artemide.The Droplet Mini Wall or Ceiling light features a die-cast aluminum lighting unit with ...a painted die-cast aluminum reflector. The LED version is tested in accordance with IES LM-79-08. Dimmable.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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The simple charm of the design of this sleek double swing arm wall lamp with a pearl glass shade will be a lovely addition to any Simply attach to wall and plug into any standard wall outlet for instant style. Double swing arm design rotates 155 degrees and pivots at center elbow. Head also rotates. Full-range dimmer and cord cover included. Pearl glass. Bronze finish. read more


A satin-nickel finish and European styling make this Holtkoetter contemporary swing arm wall lamp a perfect solution. The elegant ...reflector and wall plate styling make this an attractive wall light fixture. With an impressive satin nickel finish, the sleek arm extends to 29". The low voltage IRC technology allows all the benefits of halogen with energy efficiency. Control the light output with the dimmer. Satin nickel finish. Dimmer. Hard wire design. From Holtkoetter Lighting. read more


Sleek chrome finish accents the modern design of the Bernie Turbo Series swing arm wall lamps. This elegant Bernie Turbo Series arm wall lamp, from Holtkoetter Lights, features a solid brass construction and a chrome finish. The arm extends to 28 1/4" and is designed to prevent sagging. ECO/IRC energy-saving technology is employed to make this a smart swing arm design.There is a convenient dimmer knob at the lamp bottom. read more


This fancy Sonneman plug-in swing arm wall lamp in nickel has an elegant Perno satin shade, which will be a pleasant addition to a...ny room. Reward your sense of style with this contemporary plug-in wall lamp design from Robert Sonneman. The Perno features solid brass construction with a satin nickel finish. It's ideal next to a reading chair or bed, in a hallway, or anywhere you need flexible lighting. The adjustable swing arm means you can make it fit your application perfectly. Off-white linen shade finishes this clean look. Three-way switch allows for more lighting control. 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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Made in the U.S.A. by Hubbardton Forge.The Exos Collection from Hubbardton Forge features clean and contemporary shades accented b...y simple steel plates. The Exos Wall Sconce is available with a variety of shade and metal finish combinations. Provides... read more


Design by Alfredo Häberli, 2007.A neutral object for illuminating a wall with elegance, comfort and functionality. Lane is a strip... made of aluminum which incorporates and at the same time releases a pleasant indirect light, upward and downward on the... read more

LBL Lighting
$293.04 $325.60
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Design by LBL Lighting.Layers of chain maille are suspended from a die-cast metal base in this modern design from LBL Lighting. Th...e Camelot Wall Sconce boasts energy-efficient LED lamping and is available in satin nickel finish with brass, bronze, or... read more

LBL Lighting
$308.16 $342.40
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Design by LBL Lighting.Rectilinear metal frame with tan fabric inner shade. Available in natural raw finish. May be mounted horizo...ntally or vertically. ADA Complaint. read more


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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New flameless candle wall sconce with dual modes. Turn on the super bight white light or push a hidden button and the sconce will ...flicker like a candle! Fluted design with interlocking twine shade.This battery sconce provides elegant accents and... read more


This exquisite wall sconce features a weathered iron finish and white iris glass for an old world appeal. Part of the Metropolitan... Sconce Collections series, this Castellina aged iron finish sconce is complemented with white iris glass shades and lavish, dangling, clear glass jewels. read more


This lovely wall sconce features an Art Deco inspired design. The Metropolitan Sconce Collection offers a variety of gorgeous yet ...unpretentious styles for everyday luxurious living. A polished nickel finish frame is complemented by a white pleated shade. read more

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"Fluorescent Wall Sconce - Textured White Finish - White Acrylic Diffuser - 120 Volt Ballast. Two 13W Cool White PL Bulbs Included....SKU #: RDS226WHPLTCertification: ULMax Wattage: 26Uses:(2) 13 Watt PL Lamp (Included)Dimensions (h x l x w): 10.813 x... 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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Corbett Lighting

This distinctive sculptural bouquet of flowers and leaves has 24K embedded accents. Finished in Tivoli silver with 24K gold accent...s, this design is unforgettable. Corbett's exquisitely crafted creations feature originality, artistic flourishes and the best materials available. The lovely details have been formed with hand wrought iron. The Oro Bianco Venetian Glass is a masterpiece with its distinctive shapes and textured look. read more

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This Schonbek design exhibits unique characteristics and an elegant presence. From the Zade Collection by Schonbek, this exquisite... sconce features a silver finish frame with Swarovski Elements quality crystals trimming the entire frame and an optic clear cut crystal center. The prismatic luminosity of a Schonbek crystal light fixture, trimmed with Swarovski Elements crystal, creates an amazing, caressing quality of light. read more


This Oriental style ornate wall sconce from Metropolitan features a posing Asian woman. Inspired by old world Oriental designs thi...s two light wall sconce has a vintage style. It features a French gold finish with a posing Asian woman and leaf designs. Faux drip candelabras add the final touch to this classic sconce. Right side. From Metropolitan. read more


Elegant design from Schonbek, this crystal wall sconce has a regal style. Inspired by 19th century artisan designs, this generousl...y scaled hand cut and hand polished heritage crystal stones comes from Schonbek. This wall sconce carries on the strong statement of its bold look parchment gold finish and beautiful crystal design. [UM] 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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Design by Valerio Bottin and Giampaolo Mengato, 2008.Imported from Italy by Zaneen.Ceiling or Wall light for dffused ambient illum...ination. Twisted in shape, blown matte finish white glass diffuser. read more


This flexible oil-rubbed bronze finish wall or ceiling light fixture features four adjustable heads. Brighten your home with this ...handsome wall or ceiling LED light fixture from Pro Track. The multi-directional track light can be adjusted as needed. Canopy and downrod come in a handsome oil-rubbed bronze finish. With crackle-style amber glass. includes four LED bulbs, but may also be fitted with 60 watt A15 maximum incandescent. read more


This flexible oil-rubbed bronze finish wall or ceiling light fixture features four adjustable heads. Brighten your home with this ...handsome wall or ceiling light fixture from Pro Track. A multi-directional track light that may be adjusted as needed. Canopy and downrods come in a handsome oil-rubbed bronze finish. With crackle-style amber glass. read more


This oil-rubbed bronze finish wall or ceiling light fixture features four adjustable track heads with LED bulbs. Brighten your hom...e with this handsome wall or ceiling LED light fixture from Pro Track. The multi-directional track light can be adjusted as needed. Canopy and downrods come in a handsome oil-rubbed bronze finish. With crackle-style amber glass. Includes four LED bulbs, but may also be fitted with 60 watt A15 maximum incandescents. 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.


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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