Make the most of a small or narrow space with wall sconces. These sleek luminaries provide indirect lighting for hallways, bathrooms, stairways, and other tight spots, and work as wall accents. Place them just above eye level.
Install fixtures on both sides of a mirror. A strip of lights over a bathroom mirror or medicine chest calls for a similar method. Such fixtures use low-wattage bulbs to reduce glare while providing plenty of light. To install a wall mounted light, you'll use a ceiling box and wire just as you would for a ceiling light. Most sconces mount with a center stud so you can level the fixture even if the box is not level.
On average, it'll take three hours to run cable, install a switch, and mount two sconces. Before you begin, make sure you're able to strip, splice, and connect wires, install boxes, and run cable through walls and ceilings.
Shut off power to the circuit. Then cut wall holes for the sconce boxes and the switch. Run cable from the power source to the switch, then to the sconces.
Clamp cable to a wall box and install the box. Most sconces come with all the necessary hardware—usually a strap with a center stud. The strap also helps carry heat away from the fixture.
To wire a sconce, splice the white fixture lead to the white wire and the black lead to the black wire. Connect the grounds.
Slip the sconce over the center stud and start to tighten the nut. Stand back and check that the base is plumb and then tighten the base.
Install the lightbulb, making sure it does not exceed the manufacturer's recommended wattage. Clip the lens into place. Wire the switch.
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