How Do You Position Wall Lights?
Wall lights, or wall sconces are one of the most traditional ways of lighting a space.
Fixed to the wall, in the past these would have used simple candles or gas lights that gently flickered and produced a soft, calming glow until electric light was invented.
These days, wall lights can be created in a wide variety of styles, materials and finishes, adding incredible ambience and style to a space and expressing your unique personality. Adding extra decoration in your hallway or entrance, providing a beautiful layered light effect, offering effective task lighting and increasing the cosy Hygge feeling during the colder months, it’s no wonder wall lights are so popular with interior design pros.
However, if you want to achieve the best effect with your wall lights, you must position them correctly. They should be the optimal height from the floor and other pieces of furniture in the room.
What is the best way to position them? How can you achieve that cosy wall light look in your own home or business space? Let’s find out.
How high to position your wall lights?
Wall lights should always be positioned at the optimal height for your needs. This depends on which room you want to use your wall lights in, the height of your ceiling, the proportions of your room and the ambience you want to create.
In most cases, the top of your wall lights should sit around 150cm (approximately 60”) from the floor. At this height, around average eye level, most people in the room will be able to benefit from the wall lights without facing the glare from the bare lightbulbs.
When lighting a hallway, living room or dining room, position them at around eye level, checking whether this positioning is effective. Move around the space, carry out everyday tasks and ensure you also sit down to check whether they still provide the ideal light.
When it comes to positioning wall lights in a bedroom, again, consider why you want to use them. If they’re to replace a bedside lamp, consider installing them lower so they can be switched off from the bed.
If you have higher ceilings, for example, you live in a Victorian home, consider positioning the lights slightly higher so they can effectively balance the space.
Before fitting the wall sconces, it’s always a good idea to use a cardboard template to ensure you have the ideal positioning before any drilling takes place.
How far apart should I position multiple wall sconces?
When using multiple wall lights, you should consider how far apart to place them. Again, this depends on the size and function of your room.
When it comes to average-sized hallways, consider positioning them around 180cm (6 feet) apart. For larger spaces, this can be increased to as much as 250cm (8 feet).
You should also allow at least 15cm (6 inches) between your light fixture and any door or window frame or feature. Use your cardboard template and decide what works best for your unique design.
When positioning your wall lights, consider the design tips shared by interior design pros but then make it your own. Adjust to your own needs, create your own interior design and most, importantly, enjoy the process. If you need interior lighting advice or guidance, contact the friendly team here at Luxury Chandelier for support.
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