How to choose wall lights for your home

Wall lights are a versatile lighting choice that can either set a comfortable ambience, create a dramatic design feature, or illuminate a work area. They are also great for creating a sense of space under low ceilings. Darren from Mercator lights outlines their main uses with some tips on how to choose the right wall light.

When to use wall lighting

Why you would choose wall lights over ceiling lights depends on the ambience you want to create, or the tasks you are trying to illuminate. 

While ceiling lights create an all-purpose glow, Darren says you can be a bit more selective with interior wall lights. “You might have a couch in a room with a wall behind that you want to light up or you could light the wall along the hallway towards a bathroom or children's rooms.”

Under low ceilings wall lighting can be used to make a statement as design features. Projecting light up walls can also create a feeling of space.

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Highlights for the living room

Wall lights are a great way to highlight a picture or a feature wall. For plain walls, Darren suggests you can turn them into a feature using a wall light. “With new energy efficient LED wall lights, you can colour any wall. There's millions of colour choices available with these new globes”. 

Create a design feature with wall lighting

Decorative filament globes work well with wall lights to create an eye-catching combination. 

Industrial style lights with black aluminium or stainless steel are also popular at the moment. Many designs are available with a matching or complementary ceiling or pendant light to complete the look in your room. You can even continue the theme throughout the house.

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Wall lights in the bedroom

Space can be limited on bedside tables and desks in the bedroom, so wall lights are a great option when you want to read or study. A wall light for tasks can work well in combination with the softer, ambient light from a ceiling light to create a comfortable atmosphere.

“My favourite wall light is a bedside light. Depending on the globe you choose, it gives good lighting down to your pillow to allow you to read,” says Darren.

Outdoor wall lights at the front door

Coach lights are a classic design feature at the front door. They can also be fitted with a sensor to increase security and make life easier when you get home in the dark. While they are a classic option, modern styles are also available that can be customised with decorative globes.

Another popular, modern option for outdoor wall lights is the up down light which can give your home a contemporary look. Darren says they suit every style of house and the indirect light highlights the features of the building, while being easy on the eyes.

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