Adding a new wall lamp sconce plug in is a quick way to get a fresh, updated look that is also practical. You don’t need an electrician and mounting a sconce is within the grasp of just about anyone with a few simple tools. These sconces mount to a standard wall like any picture frame, then have a cord that you run directly to an outlet for power. They also usually have a light shade, which helps to direct the light in a specific direction or simply adds some style.
There are many ways to use a wall sconce, but they are especially helpful in small rooms where floor space is limited and tablespace is at a premium (ahem, nightstands). They can create a soft glow, add much-needed task lighting or highlight wall art or other decorative features. Some styles even come with a remote control to make turning them on and off easier and more convenient.
Since these sconces have visible cords hanging down, they aren’t ideal for high traffic areas where people might knock them over or places where you don’t want to see a wire hanging down. But, for the most part, they are great for bedrooms, living rooms and more. They are also a very handy lighting option for new homeowners and renters who want to decorate, but may not be able or willing to have their fixtures hardwired in.
When selecting a new wall sconce, you should take some time to think about what type of light it will be and how it will be used. Do you need it for reading, working or just general illumination? Do you want the light to be on all the time or will it be turned on and off at a wall switch or dimmer? Once you’ve answered these questions, you can start to narrow down your options.
If you need a reading light, for example, you’ll be interested in sconces with a built-in dimmer or a switch built into the fixture. These styles are often more expensive than others, but the convenience of not having to add another switch in your room is worth it for some.
For more general illumination, a swing arm wall lamp is often a good choice. These sconces have a long arm that can be adjusted to the perfect angle for reading and usually has a light shade to help direct the light in a specific direction. You can find these types of sconces in many different styles and finishes, from modern to traditional.
Some sconces have an integrated LED, which makes them more energy-efficient and longer lasting than some other types of bulbs. They are also a good choice if you’re concerned about the environment or want to be more environmentally responsible. If you prefer a more traditional, classic or rustic look, you can also select from a wide variety of antique-inspired styles. These sconces typically have a wrought iron or metal framework and may feature a wood or natural-looking shade.