A wall lamp is a great addition to any home, whether it’s to brighten up your bedroom or provide a reading nook in the living room. These fixtures are available in a variety of styles, shapes and colors, so you’re sure to find a perfect fit for your space.
Choosing the Right Direction for Your Lights
When you’re shopping for a wall lamp, it’s important to decide what direction the light bulb will face. Typically, night lights will be up-facing, while you may want a wall sconce to be down-facing if you’re looking for a soft, diffused glow.
Putting Together Your Wall Sconce
After you’ve selected your sconce, it’s time to install it. To make the process easier, you can purchase a complete installation kit that comes with everything you need to hang your sconce. This includes a mounting plate, screws, and anchors for your wall type.
Start by making sure that there is an existing electrical outlet close to where you’re placing the sconce. Then, strip back the plastic that surrounds the wires in the outlet. Most outlets have a black and blue wire as well as an earthed (yellow-green) wire.
Once the wires are stripped, insert them into the connector block. Most connector blocks have two to three openings for mains power, with an additional opening for an earthed wire if your wall lamp is earthed/grounded. If the wall lamp is not earthed/grounded, you’ll need to run an additional lead from the socket to the sconce’s wires.
Next, connect the power to the fixture using a wall switch. It is a good idea to use a double-pole switch so that you can switch between your lights easily. This also prevents the possibility of someone accidentally turning on the wrong lamp and risking a fire in your home.
Depending on the sconce you’re installing, you may need to hardwire it. This is more complicated than plugging a lamp into an outlet, and it’s often best left to the experts for safety reasons.
If you’re not confident in your ability to handle electrical work, you can hire a licensed electrician to take care of the installation. This will ensure that the wiring is safe and secure and give you a sense of peace of mind that the job is done correctly.
What Size Should I Buy?
The size of the sconce you’re installing depends on the area it will illuminate. For instance, if you’re lighting a small bathroom vanity mirror, you may only need a small sconce. On the other hand, if you’re lighting a large living room wall, you’ll need to choose a larger sconce.
Placement of the Sconce
Once you’ve decided on the location for your sconce, pencil in the right spot by marking the holes where the screws or anchors will go. This will ensure that the sconce is hung level and allows you to line up the screws.
Using a reliable drill with a masonry bit, drill holes in the wall, following the pencil marks from earlier. You’ll need to make these holes a little deeper than the depth of the sconce you’re attaching it to, so that the sconce is flush with the wall. Once the sconce is in place, you can mount it. This is where the drywall anchors come in handy. These anchors allow you to secure the sconce in place while also giving it a more solid fit in the drywall.