Wall Lights: How and Where to Use Them

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Wall Lights: How and Where to Use Them
Lighting is a really powerful tool when it comes to creating atmosphere within a room, and wall lights make a stylish addition to your lighting schemes. When used properly, they can be practical as well as decorative, or even used to highlight any features within your home.

There’s a lot to think about when it comes to size, style and function. We’ll take you through the basics so you can get the most out of your lighting.
Choosing a Design
Wall lights come in all shapes, sizes, patterns and designs. They’re a good balance between ceiling spotlights and small table lamps – they won’t fill a room with light but are impactful enough to set the mood in any room.

Fixed wall lights usually cast beams of light upwards to open up the space, like our Malvern range. Whereas hanging wall lights like the Primrose, Claremont and Richmond can create a more relaxed feel with light being directed towards the floor. Arm shape is another important thing to think about, as they can range from the classic swan style, to hinged swing arms, L-shape, and everything in between.

Be sure to know what sort of light shade you’re after - think about whether you want your interior wall lights to create a statement or balance. A slim and stylish glass shade would be a striking feature, whereas a cone shaped linen shade will quietly blend into the background.
Where to Use Them
One of the many great things about wall lights is they can be used for pretty much anything. They’ll create targeted pools of light wherever you put them, helping with simple, everyday tasks around the home.

For example, put a pair of Richmond fixed lights either side of a bathroom or dresser mirror for extra light during your morning shave or make-up regime. Or, have two hanging Claremonts them either side of your bed for night time reading. They’ll even work in the kitchen, perhaps above counters or near hob areas to shed some extra light on your cooking.

Or if you have a piece of art or architecture in your home that you’re particularly proud of, you can use wall lights to draw the eye. They really are very versatile.
How to Properly Position
When you’re deciding how many wall lights you need and where to place them, it’s a good idea to think about the size of the room and any natural light patterns that are already there.

Having too many close together can seem cluttered, but groups of two, three or four wall lights can be really effective when done right. As a general rule of thumb, we’d suggest leaving around 8ft between fixtures if space allows – but it very much depends on the size and layout of each individual room.

We’d also recommend positioning them at around 5-6ft high. This way, the light shade will sit at eye level so you shouldn’t get any glare from the bulb. You’ll want to make sure they don’t protrude too far into the room to stop them getting knocked and damaged.