Starting a new home project can be intimidating, especially when it comes to electrical and lighting, but don’t let that stop you from stepping outside of your comfort zone! Finding new and exciting ways to light your home can transform the look and atmosphere of a room, and we are here to guide you through the process. We have created a list to help make your home improvement project a little easier and more enjoyable.
Kitchen Wall Lighting
The kitchen is one of the most important parts of the house and having it properly lit is a key factor in creating a perfect atmosphere to cook delicious meals and spend time with family. Wall sconces provide a great source of light in any kitchen. Complementing ceiling mounted fixtures, wall sconces add an extra design element to the room and create plenty of light to complete kitchen tasks.
Generally, you want to leave 60’’ from the floor to the base of the fixture. But be sure to make note of existing furniture and features before you decide where to place your wall sconces so that you allow your lights to have the right amount of space.
If measuring from the counter, you want to be sure to leave a minimum of 24’’ from the counter surface to the base of the light fixture. This eliminates the possibility of injury and keeps the light a safe distance from water.
Bathroom Wall Lighting
There is nothing worse than a poorly lit bathroom, especially when it’s such an easy fix. You want to have strong lighting around the mirror so that you can see every detail of your beautiful face. One way to do that is by installing wall sconces on either or both sides of the mirror. It’s best to install them between 60-65’’ from the floor so your lighting is at eye level.
Placing the wall sconces next to the mirror instead of over the mirror eliminates shadows that are cast from the overhead light.
You also need to consider safety when working with lighting in the bathroom. It is best to choose suitable bathroom IP-rated fittings.
Bedroom Wall Lighting
Adding wall lighting in a bedroom is the best option for creating a space that allows you to wind down and relax. Wall lighting enhances the space’s ambiance and highlights architectural features and bedroom décor.
If you are looking for practicality and the ability to adjust your lighting from the bed, you can look at adjustable lights with swing arms. A good tip for placement is to lay in bed and mark an area on the wall that is about 5’’ above your shoulders. That way the light fixture is within reach to turn off and on as needed.
Entryway Wall Lighting
You want the entryway to your home to have proper lighting that invites people in and leaves a good first impression. Using wall sconces, like flush mounts, can add accent lighting that provides a warm tone throughout the space.
You want to make sure to install wall lights between 60-72” from the floor. It is important that the lighting fixtures appear cohesive and are placed evenly apart from each other.
The most important tip for creating an aesthetically pleasing entryway is to leave at least 10’’ between the door frame and the edge of the light fixture.
Positioning Picture Lights Above Artwork/ Certificates/ Décor
If you are thinking about hanging a light over a piece of art, it is important to evenly distribute the light across the whole frame. If you are not careful, you can create a “hotspot” on the top half of the work, taking away from the art’s beauty.
You want to place the light above the art directly in the center of the picture and at a 30-35 degree angle. This will help minimize glare.
Lastly, leave 2-4” from the top of the frame to the middle of the light bulb. This will cast an even spread of light across the picture.
Our Top Tip
The most important piece of advice we can give is to imagine what the space could look like with the wall light in place. Cut a piece of cardboard to fit the size of your light fixtures and place it on the wall to get a clear visual representation of what it will look like. Remember, the top of the wall light should be above eye level and around 6’ from the floor.