The dimensions of a wall lamp are an essential factor to keep in mind when choosing the right light for your space. In fact, they can make all the difference between a lighting solution that enhances the environment and one that creates an unpleasant visual contrast and impractical light effects. This is because, when properly positioned, wall sconces can become a source of ambient lighting (to highlight architectural features and valuable furnishing accessories), accent lighting (for illuminating objects or areas dedicated to particular activities) or even direct lighting to accentuate the beauty of a false ceiling or designer ceiling.
When it comes to the dimensions of a wall sconce, the most important factor is its height, especially in relation to eye level. The ideal height of a wall lamp for a bedroom is typically 1.50 meters from the floor, while in hallways it is recommended to install them at a higher height of 2.40 meters to evenly illuminate the entire area and avoid annoying shadows.
Another aspect to keep in mind when choosing a wall sconce is its width. In general, it is a good idea to choose a shade that is slightly wider than the base of the lamp. This will help to prevent it from looking too top-heavy and will also make it less likely to get knocked over accidentally.
In addition to the height and width of a shade, it is also important to consider the height of the wall where it will be installed. For example, it is recommended to install a wall lamp near the entrance of a room at a height between 190 and 220 cm from the floor, indicative measures that are calculated based on a standard height of doors and ceilings that vary depending on the location of the room.
To determine the proper height of a wall lamp, it is advisable to ask a friend to sit down in front of it and then measure the distance between their eyes. This way, you can be sure that the wall sconce will not end up being too low or too high. In fact, if the sconce is installed too low, it may cause glare and light to be directed into people’s eyes, while too high will not illuminate the area correctly. If you are unsure of the best placement of a wall lamp, it is always a good idea to consult with a lighting expert in order to ensure that your project is executed perfectly. Moreover, a lighting professional will have the tools and knowledge required to ensure that all electrical wiring is properly positioned and safe from damage or fire. This will guarantee the efficiency and durability of your new sconces.