Wall lights is a broad lighting category that can be applied to any light fitting mounted to, or recessed in, an interior or exterior wall.
Wall lights can be used in a variety of settings around the home, with the style dependent on the placement as well as personal preference and decor style. Modern wall lights mainly use LEDs which offer excellent light quality and a very long lifespan, minimising maintenance.
Interior wall lights come in a broad range of designs varying from sleek and contemporary to rustic or traditional. Brass wall lights can work well in a traditional home, with a modern warehouse type space suiting industrial wall lights. However, many interior schemes mix and blend styles. White is a popular colour choice to give an unobtrusive appearance against a pale wall, but black wall lights can make a bold design statement.
Wall lights may be directional, spreading light upwards or downwards from the fitting (or both). They can also provide a general diffused wash of light into the room.
Any space in the home can benefit from including wall lights in a lighting scheme. Wall lights can be used as an alternative to ceiling lights or as part of a layered lighting solution. They can help to create ambience and draw attention to certain features or areas of a room. Wall lights can also help to create zones within large open plan spaces.
We recommend that wall lights are dimmable so the light level can be adjusted to suit your requirements. Dimmable light is particularly important in living spaces where the room usage changes according to the time of day.
In a bedroom, bedside wall lights can be used as an alternative to a bedside table light. They can be an interesting design feature and provide task lighting for reading.
Indoor wall lights do not have to be surface mounted. Recessed wall lights, where the fitting sits flush with the wall, give a clean and modern look. This style is popular for staircase wall lighting. The recessed lights can be set at a low level to illuminate each step or set at regular intervals to provide a design feature.
Exterior wall lighting can be used to illuminate pathways and doors, to give lighting for outside entertaining and can also enhance security.
The most popular placement for outdoor wall lights is alongside entry doors. Other outside wall lights or retaining wall lights might be placed to highlight architectural features or special planting or illuminate pathways. LEDs are also recommended for outdoor lights because of their energy efficiency and lifespan.