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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

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

Lamps Plus
$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

WPT Design

This modern/contemporary wall sconce allows you to change the look of this light as often as you want. Each of the beautiful organ...ic leafy mica panels can be rotated to create a completely new style. The two tone mica creates an elegant and fantastical look that is wonderfully accented by the bronze finished base. 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

Hinkley Lighting
$249.00 $292.00
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Monaco features shaped arms in Brushed Nickel that support metal-trimmed etched opal glass shades and are finished with a hanging ...crystal ball ornament. This contemporary stem-hung design is ideal for low ceiling mounting situations Etched Opal Metal Trimmed Glass Shade Finish/Color: Brushed Caramel Product Width: 20 Product Height: 10.25 Product Weight: 8.2 Extension: 10.75 Material: Steel read more

Aztec Lighting

Classic style and a white finish highlight this unique bathroom light fixture. This 2-light fixture features a white glass shade. ...Setting: Indoor Fixture finish: White Shades: White glass Number of lights: Two Requires two 2 60-watt medium base bulb not included Dimensions: 5 inches high x 8 inches in diameter 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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Vaxcel Lighting
$78.50 $109.90
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Classic bathroom wall light fixture Attractive oil burnished bronze finish 2-light fixture, may be directed up or down Dome-shaped... alabaster glass shades Overall dimensions: 18.5W x 8H inches Wall extension: 8 inches Requires two 100-watt maximum bulbs (not included) Whats Included Wall LightWhats Not Included BulbsDescription About Vaxcel Lighting For over 20 years, Vaxcel International has been a premier supplier of residential lighting products. Based in Carol Steam, Ill., Vaxcels product line is composed of more than 2,000 items, ranging from builder-ready fixtures and ceiling fans to designer chandeliers and lamps, in the latest styles and finishes. Theyre known in the industry for offering a full selection of products at competitive prices. read more

Vaxcel Babylon Bathroom Wall Light - 18.5W in. Oil Burnished Bronze
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
Elk Lighting
$498.00 $747.00
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Located on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain between the Adirondack and Green Mountains, Burlington is charming and idyllic. Thi...s series was inspired by this quaint city by the lake that prides itself in the arts. The fine craftsmanship of this collection is evident in the cast aluminum details and scroll work. Key Features Candelabra Bulbs (Not Included) Cast Aluminum Construction read more

Elk Lighting 42002-3 Burlington Junction 3 Light Wall Bracket in Hazlenut Bronze and Amber Scavo Glass
Maxim Lighting
$126.00 $210.00
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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. Key Features Excellent cone shaped shade Down light directs useful and attractive illumination downward Designs from the mini hi-bay collection create an endearing home atmosphere read more

Maxim 25080 Mini Hi-Bay 1 Light Wall Sconce
Visual Comfort and Company
$293.90 $420.00
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Eclecric lightring choice spanning traditional to contemporary styles, from Visual Comforts design laboratory. Basic product suite...s popular pricing give this line its variety, with frequent new introducation. Key Features White Glass read more

Visual Comfort SL2932 Studio 2 Light Boston Functional Wall Sconce with White Glass
Visual Comfort and Company
$272.90 $390.00
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Eclecric lightring choice spanning traditional to contemporary styles, from Visual Comforts design laboratory. Basic product suite...s popular pricing give this line its variety, with frequent new introducation. Key Features Frosted Glass read more

Visual Comfort SL2941 Studio 1 Light Boston Square Wall Sconce with Frosted Glass
Visual Comfort and Company
$209.90 $300.00
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Eclecric lightring choice spanning traditional to contemporary styles, from Visual Comforts design laboratory. Basic product suite...s popular pricing give this line its variety, with frequent new introducation. Key Features Natural Paper Shade read more

Visual Comfort SL2819 Studio 1 Light Square Tube Wall Sconce with Natural Paper Shade
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