We’ve discussed the three categories of lighting before – ambient, accent, and task – and most fixtures fit into one or two of them. Pendant lights can be task or accent fixtures, while semi-flush mounts generally only fall into ambient lighting. However, wall lights, such as sconces and swing-arm lamps, can fall into any of the three. At Hacienda Lighting in Scottsdale, we love helping people discover the versatility of wall fixtures!

Accent Lighting

Sconces and other wall lights generally fall into the accent or decorative category, as they’re usually placed where they can provide additional light or highlight a certain architectural feature. You’ll find them in hallways and on staircases, but they can also be used to accent artwork, especially in spots where the homeowner doesn’t want track lighting or picture lights.

Ambient Lighting

While sconces don’t normally put out a lot of light, they can provide ambient illumination depending on where they’re placed in the room. Larger wall lights that are placed higher up on the wall can produce general light for a particular space. Think about a fixture on either side of your fireplace, with light that shines both upwards and downwards, and you’ll have a fairly good idea of wall lights as ambient fixtures. You’ll want to make sure your walls are tall enough to allow for proper placement, or you could end up with unwanted shadows near the ceiling.

Task Lighting

The final category, task lighting, refers to fixtures that help you accomplish something specific, such as reading or paying bills. Wall lights such as swing-arm lamps can be placed above your desk, and fixtures above the couch can provide enough light by which to read. If you don’t want to take up the space with a lamp and its cord, a wall fixture can be a great alternative. They can also be perfect for the bathroom, especially if you have multiple mirrors and you don’t want a large vanity fixture that takes up a lot of wall space. Sconces can also add symmetry to baths with double vanities and double sinks!

Perfect for Any Room

Our examples above covered the three lighting categories, but it’s important to remember that wall lights can function in nearly any room of your home. A wall lamp above your child’s bed can be perfect for bedtime stories, and you can let them control it with a toggle or switch on the fixture, or you can add it to the room’s main controls. Speaking of controls, sconces also allow you to create lighting “zones” in each room, where you can turn some fixtures on while other remain off.

If you’re interested in learning more about wall lights and how they can be used throughout your home, visit our showroom today. A member of our team will gladly answer your questions and show you a number of options that fit your design and your budget. You might be looking to update one room or you may have plans for the entire house, but whatever the case may be, we can help!

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