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Candle Wall Sconces

Candle Wall Sconces – Create a unique lighting evnironment using candle wall sconces

Ever since electricity was “invented”, candle wall sconces began losing their role as the main source of light in people’s homes.

Before electricity, candle wall sconces were used for ages. Since they used fire to create their light, they were installed on walls where they could easily be lit. Nowadays, however,  light bulbs are installed on ceilings, where they can distribute their light to the whole room more efficiently.  In addition, we don’t have to light them to them to turn them on.  We use switches conveniently placed on walls near the room entrance.

Nevertheless, candle wall sconces never disappeared. Today, they are still used in some houses, but not as the main form of light.  Rather, they are used today as a decoration that’s also a symbol of tradition and class.  The candle wall sconces are also the perfect way to create a romantic mood in or out of the bedroom.

Because they’re used mainly as decorations, the type, size and form of candle wall sconces have to match the style of the room. They look their best with a wooden base and black iron or steel extensions, specially if the room they are in has a lot of wood as well. Of course, that’s not the only style and it all depends on your taste. For example, more modern styles are often used in new age rooms.

As with everything that involves fire, safety should be carefully considered when dealing with candle wall sconces. Always keep a fire extinguisher nearby (and out of sight, of course). Also, it is better if you get candle wall sconces that include a glass container to place the candle inside. That will keep sparks from flying, and it will also keep air currents from blowing off the fire in the candle. And of course, don’t put any flammable objects right under the candle wall sconces.  Finally, make sure that any fire alarms and water sprinklers can’t be triggered by the candle wall sconces. It really ruins the romantic mood when you want to establish a mood for your romantic partner only to be soaked by the water sprinklers.

By knowing and adhereing to these basic safety rules, you can assure that your candle wall sconces will make your room beautiful without causing any damage.  They are also very versatile, so following the rules shouldn’t be a problem.  Candle wall sconces aren’t limited to location due to wiring concerns, so they can be installed just about anywhere.  Good luck!

Bathroom Sconce

Despite the fact that electricity changed completely the way light was used at the end of the 19th century, sconces didn’t really disappear. In fact, now that electricity is an everyday convience and we have created new materials and designs for lambs and light bulbs, many manufacturers are selling sconces once again.

However, this time, sconces aren’t used as the main lighting source of a room, although they can and do emit light. Instead, sconces are used mostly for decoration; and in places and situations where a soft light is preferred.

One such place is the bathroom. While there is usually a main source of light, one or two bathroom sconces are a great addition to any bathroom.

First of all, a bathroom sconce looks much better than any other option. And since they are fixed on the wall, they won’t take much space, nor will you have to move them to another place, like you would with a lamp, because of clutter.

Also, there are hundreds of different colors and designs, so you’ll definitely find a bathroom sconce that’ll match the style and color of your bathroom. In addition to their styles and designs, bathroom sconces come with different types of power. Some of them can be wired to the electrical system of your house. Others come with a cord that you can plug to a nearby socket. And there are some that are powered by battery, which are the best to install if you have small children, as they don’t carry the risk of giving your children an electrical shock by accident.

One of the most common locations of bathroom sconces is right next to the mirror. While the light of a bathroom sconce isn’t as bright as the one on the ceiling, it can be aimed directly at the face, which makes looking at oneself in the mirror much easier. The ceiling light, while brighter, will light only the back of the head.

Another good place to install a bathroom sconce is next to the first aid kit or the medicine cabinet. It’ll make it much easier to read the name of the medicine in the package or to see if the expiration date of some medicine has passed already, while allowing you to keep the light low (for those late night excursions!).

In conclusion, bathroom sconces are cheap and effective ways to decorate your bathroom and give it some lighting in places where you really need it.

Wall Sconces

When people think of wall sconces, a common image in their minds is the torch bearing wall sconces that are found on stairways that lead to dungeons in the basements of ancient castles.

That idea is a product of movies and TV shows, where wall sconces are used for dramatic effect. However, there’s nothing creepy or scary about today’s wall sconces. In fact, they’re very often used to give light and image to a hall. Since a hall has to be illuminated anyway, adding wall sconces is a great way to enhance the look of it while giving it light at the same time.

There are some basic considerations and rules of thumb when installing sconces. First of all, there is the height at which they should be installed. Measure the length from the floor to the ceiling. Your sconces should be at three quarters of that distance. So, for example, if the distance between the floor and the ceiling is 4 meters, the sconces should be installed at 3 meters high.

Another good rule that keeps the number of wall sconces proportional to the size and length of the hall is to use that same distance (3 meters in the example) to separate sconces horizontally in the hall. This might not be as easy, as there might be doors or other obstacles in the way, so it’s ok if the distance is shortened or lengthened a bit. The important thing is to keep the exact same distance between every sconce in the hall.

It is also a good idea to keep the ceiling white or at least in a very clear color. Most wall sconces shoot their light upwards, avoiding a direct light to the users of the hall. It is actually the reflection of the light of the sconces that will illuminate the hall. If the ceiling is painted in a dark color, it will reduce the light of the hall.

Finally, depending on the look you want, you should decide if you want a pair to alternate one sconce on the right and one on the left of the hall, or if you want to have a pair of sconces every time. Alternate wall sconces look more sober and are better for simple halls. Pairs of sconces will give more light and will make the hall look more elaborate. Good luck in your sconce interior projects!