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A Guide To: Wall Lights

Posted on November 20 2017

It's a commonly held opinion that when it comes to lighting up a room, the most affective way to do so is by layering different kinds of lighting. One type of lighting that can massively improve a setting is a wall light. More subdued than overhead sources of light, wall lights can be used to provide illumination for specific tasks or times of the day.

This isn't to say that overhead lighting isn't important - quite the opposite, in fact. Overhead lighting is vital to providing an ambient source of light. Wall lighting is most commonly used in support of this, aiding in illumination for activities and / or creating a low key and relaxing ambiance.

Wall lighting can be an integral part of decoration. Wall lighting can also be used as a task feature, to light up for late night reading, for example. This is a type of lighting that's suitable for pretty much any room within a residential setting. To help you navigate the world of wall lights, here is a quick guide to where different types of wall lights can be best put to use.

The Bedroom: bedside lights can be perfect for unwinding in the evening or night when you don’t need such a spread of light. Attaching a light to either side of your bed provides illumination for bedtime reading or convenience in the mornings. It is beneficial for these lights to be directional for ease of use.

The Living Room: placing a light each side of the sofa and turning off the main source of ambient light offers a less intense, more relaxed method of lighting.

The Bathroom: this is an area that, depending on the size, may need more or less wall lights. At its core, bathrooms or wet rooms ultimately have to be a safe place so the lighting needs to support this necessity. Wall plaster lights can be useful in providing upwards or downwards sources of light that shine in both directions.

The Outdoors: a common usage here is to add dramatic highlights, particularly effective when placed in a front or back garden. The brightness of the single beam will contrast against the dark night sky.