Merriam Webster defines sconce as a bracket candlestick or group of
candlesticks; also : an electric light fixture patterned on a candle sconce.
We define sconce as a wall mounted lighting fixture frequently used in hallway
Of course, wall lights and
can do a lot more. Incredibly versatile, they can be used for ambient, task or
accent lighting. When used correctly wall sconces not only provide illumination and safety, they
also create an air of sophistication and elegance throughout your home.
Wall lights come in a variety of styles. Kichler offers a wide selection of
sconces in matching families so they can coordinate with the other lighting in your home. Whether
your style runs
, Kichler has the wall lights to match your décor.
Wall sconces are often found in long hallways where they provide the
for foot traffic. When putting wall lights in your hallway, plan to have them
spaced 6 – 8 feet apart and always make sure your sconces are hung roughly 60 inches from the
floor. This will give you a beautiful and safe addition to any overhead light you may be
Sconces are also very popular in the dining room where, coordinated with the
, they add a layer of
and an appealing decorating effect.
Sconces can also add key
in the bathroom. With sconces hung on either side of your mirror you can
create a bright, even light that is just perfect for safe shaving or for applying
Of course, don’t limit yourself to what you read here. There are other great
applications for wall lighting such as on either side of the bed or flanking your fireplace.
Use your imagination and you just might be the innovator of a great new design trend using wall
The following questions and answers about sconces as well as other important
lighting questions can be found in our guide, "
Selecting Lighting For Your Home
Q - What’s the best way to light a hallway?
A - There should be a light every 8-10 feet. Either flushmounts or semi-flush
fixtures can be used depending on the ceiling height (once again, remember that the bottom of the
light fixture should be at least 7 feet from the floor).
If you have a long hallway, you may want to install wall sconces for added light and
beauty. The rule again is that sconces are hung roughly 60 “ from the floor, spaced 6 -8 feet
apart along the wall.
Q – What’s the best way to light a bath or powder room?
A – Most of us want to see a clear reflection in our bathroom or powder room
mirrors so we can apply makeup properly or shave without cutting ourselves or simply brush our
To avoid shadows, and to fully surround your face with flattering light, install a
fixture at least 24” wide over the mirror, plus two wall sconces (one on each side of the mirror)
at least 28” apart and 60” above the floor. The Kichler "Beauty Wraps™" can do this by using
only one electrical outlet. They allow matching mini pendants to surround the mirror while
also providing light from above.
If you have a double sink vanity, use a light that is almost as wide as the
mirror. The light should be mounted 78" from the floor, centered over the
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