Read our wall lighting tips below to obtain the perfect lighting in your living space
Well-placed wall lamps are the secret “stars” of home illumination. They are not as present as large floor lamps or pendant lights, but they create mild, indirect and no-glare light.
Not only the ceilings, but also the walls inside your home offer a convenient mounting and projection surface for lamps and indirect light. They have significantly more area and are at a much better angle. The reason why wall-mounted lamps are not as popular among consumers might be due to the fact that are not easy to install. They cannot be put somewhere, switched on, and quickly moved as desired. Wall-mounted lights require exact planning, and wiring inside the walls. They are a type of lamp that has a long tradition and great effect. Having started with torches, candleholders and gas lamps their history reaches back to the beginning of civilization.
Whether you are trying to install a decorative wall light, an uplight or a reading light on a wall, almost all of them result in no-glare light. The reading lamp is bright and focused on your book, indirect lighting of the wall (as room light) is soft and discrete, and mood lights are dimmed or blocked off.
With wall lights you can create flexible and lively lighting situations that would not really be possible with ceiling mounted lights. Especially in comparison with one or several centrally located lights, the difference could not be greater. Lights along the outer limits of a room have a wonderful effect. A bright wall makes a room tangible. Wallwasher lights close to the ceiling spread mild light across the wall, which then reflects it into the room. You will see that this creates a sense of vastness, which is ideal for modern style homes. In addition, small lights have the following advantages: They are inconspicuous and stay in the background during daylight.
Another playful application of wall-mounted lights is the illumination of structured wall surfaces or of crown molding at the transition to the ceiling. Architectural details can very easily be accentuated in such a way. This holds true also for furniture, textiles or artwork, which typically can be found directly in front of or on the walls. With the help of subtle wall-mounted lights you can submerge your “treasures” in focused light, which emphasizes the plasticity of objects.
Plays of Light
A narrow hallway can seem lighter and more spacious thanks to well-placed lights on its walls. Illuminated surfaces appear reset, making the room feel optically larger. In old homes, whose high ceilings should be illuminated, as well, wall-mounted uplights are ideal. Another effect can be achieved by certain patterns of several lights. Lamps that are visually modest appear nicer when hung at least in pairs. Add some rhythm to a large or long room using a whole row of them.
Dining room lighting can be perfected using the recommended indirect lighting of the room via uplights mounted to the walls. Elegant and creative wall lights that do not only emit indirect light, but also pieces of art are a completely new aspect for living and dining rooms. Instead of hanging a painting, you might want to install an interesting lamp at a prominent spot on a wall. In the office room you can choose a desk light that is mounted to the wall. It helps keep things organized on the desk and avoids damage to desktops that can result from over tightened light-mounting clamps. Make sure the arm of the lamp is flexible.
Reading and Mirror Lights for the Wall
Reading lights mounted to the wall are just as convenient. They allow you to avoid putting up an elaborate floor lamp. Wall-mounted reading lights have similarities with desk lamps, but they do not have a bendable arm. Also, in the bedroom, such reading lights can be mounted at the headboard. This kind of wall-mounted lights is often found in hotels. The advantage is that they cannot fall over, like table lamps. Bathroom mirror lighting is a prime example for the use of wall lights. They should shine onto the face from at least two, but ideally all directions, so no shadows get in the way. Lights mounted on both sides of the mirror are highly recommended. The same applies to the mirror in the entry way or the wardrobe. Wall-mounted lights are often used for orientation purposes. When installed along stairs, steps or in hallways they can help prevent accidents.
Choose the Spot Wisely
Do yourself a favor and begin planning far ahead of the installation. The cables of wall-mounted lights have to be run inside the wall. It is best to have a professional install them properly. Consulting a light planner is also recommended, as it is often not easy to make the right decision on where exactly to mount the lamps.