Advice on How to Use Interior Wall Uplighters

LED uplighters are a stylish way to light your home, hotel or other area. They are a particularly good choice for those with limited interior space or low ceilings. In the article below, we will explore up lighter indoor lights and give you some ideas to take advantage of.


What Is a Wall Uplighter?

Wall uplighters are exactly what their name suggests: lights that are attached to a wall and shine light upward. Wall mounted uplighting is versatile in its ability to be placed in various rooms of the house or outdoors. Using these lights, you can create a dramatic statement in any space and help improve the decor.


Why Should You Use Up Lighting Indoor Wall Fixtures?

Uplights bring a wealth of benefits to a space. These include:


  • Brightening up dull rooms with dramatic lighting
  • Creating a pleasant atmosphere with indirect lighting
  • Transform flat, boring walls into points of interest
  • Highlighting features in a space
  • Bringing all of the benefits of the energy saving lighting LED lights are known to have
  • Functioning as a bedside reading light in small bedrooms
  • To make a statement using modern interior wall lighting
  • Using interior LED wall lights as a part of a layered lighting scheme


What Can You Use Wall Mounted Uplighters For?

There are many ways to use such lights when choosing uplights for house and garden applications. Some ideas include:


  • UPLIGHTER WALL LIGHTS FOR ARCHITECTURAL FEATURES. You can use these lights to draw attention to various features in the house, such as arches, curved walls and door frames.
  • UPLIGHTERS FOR FIREPLACES. Placing uplights along the lines of a fireplace can better accent the shape of the fireplace and draw attention to this focal point.
  • UPLIGHTER FIXTURES FOR GARDENS. By adding uplights to the garden, you can accent certain trees or shrubs. They can also be used to light up exterior walls for ambience and safety.


How Do To Position Interior Wall Lights ?

Much like with any other kind of home lighting, when it comes to mounting wall lighting fixtures, a lot of it comes down to personal preference. Even so, there are a few general tips to keep in mind to make the lights look their best.

It is generally recommended that you mount a light between 1.6 to 1.7 metres high. It’s important to light it up around eye level but in such a way that it won’t create a glare for the eyes.

If you are installing LED wall lighting above stairs or in a hallway, you may need to install them at a much lower height. Using indoor LED lighting mounted at too-tall a height can be abrasive and irritating.

In terms of width apart from one another, you should place them at a distance of around six feet for best results. It is also a good idea to position them around six inches from any window or doorframe.


Popular Rooms To Use Wall Uplighters

Indoor wall lights can be used in virtually any room in the house. Some of the most popular ways to use these lights include as:


  • BEDROOM UPLIGHTERS. Bedroom uplighters provide nice indirect lighting to relax at night and can even replace a bedside table lamp.
  • UPLIGHTS FOR LIVING ROOM. Placing lights on the walls in a living room can provide similar mood lighting in the area.
  • DINING ROOM UPLIGHTS. In the dining room, uplights can accent art and other features in the entertainment space.
  • HALLWAY LIGHTS. When used as low level lighting in a hallway, it can make it easier for you to see.


What LED Colour Is Best for Wall Uplight Fittings?

The colour temperature of both outdoor and indoor lighting indicates the warmth or coolness of the illumination. The light colour is indicated by degrees Kelvin. This spectrum runs from the warmest colour of 1,000k, to the coolest of 10,000k; higher Kelvin ratings mean a cooler light, while lower Kelvin ratings will output warmer light.

When it comes to indoor lighting in domestic settings, warmer lights are typically recommended. Interior lighting with a warmer colour temperature is more inviting and is easier on the eyes, which can make your home feel more comfortable and welcoming.

While warm light exists on a spectrum, the most popular range of warm LED lights is between 3000k and 3300k. This light is soft and gentle while still being clear and bright enough to easily see. It’s a great general guideline for lights in any room of the house.


Can You Use LED Wall Uplighters in a Bathroom?

You can install uplighters in bathrooms as easily as you can in any other space. Wall uplighters in a bathroom are a nice way to make the space feel more artistic and better lit all at once.

The only difference is that you will have to pay attention to the zones of a bathroom. This is due to the fact that the bathroom is a moist place, and you don’t want the moisture to damage the lights.

Bathroom wall lights need to be IP rated to this effect. IP ratings, or Ingress Protection ratings, will tell you how well the light is protected against moisture and debris. The first digit of an IP rating refers to protection from solid objects, while the second digit indicates its protection against water and moisture.


First Digit – Solid Objects


0  –  No Protection against solid objects

1  –  Indicates the light is protected from penetration by solid matter 50 millimetres or greater

2  –  Indicates the light is protected from penetration by solid matter 12 millimetres or greater

3  –  Indicates the light is protected from penetration by solid matter 2.5 millimetres or greater

4  –  Indicates the light is protected from penetration by solid matter one millimetre or greater

5  –  Indicates the light is protected from most dust

6  –  Indicates the light is completely dust tight


Second Digit – Moisture


0  –  No protection from moisture

1  –  Protected from drops of water falling vertically

2  –  Protected from drops of water falling at a maximum angle of 15 degrees

3  –  Protected from rain-like water at a maximum angle of 60 degrees

4  –  Protected from projected water or splashing

5  –  Protected from jets of low pressure water

6  –  Protected from jets of high pressure water

7  –  Protected from temporary immersion

8  –  Protected from extended periods of immersion



The bathroom zones will indicate which IP rating is required:


  • Zone 0 –  This area is found inside the shower or the bath itself. It needs a minimum of IP67 to be fully protected.
  • Zone 1 –  This area is right above the shower or bath and needs an IP65 rating.
  • Zone 2 –  This area refers to the perimeter along the bath or shower area and requires an IP44 rating.
  • Zone 3 –  Areas in this zone are any locations that fall outside of the above mentioned areas.

How To Use Interior Wall Uplights for Ambient Lighting

Ambient lighting is the main layer of light in any lighting scheme. It provides the overall illumination for a room, which is then usually supplemented with task and accent lights.

Below, you’ll find a few tips on how to use LED indoor wall lights for your ambient lighting:


  • CHOOSE THE RIGHT WALL LIGHT FIXTURE – Some wall sconces won’t shine enough illumination to light up large areas. Choose wall mounted lights designed specifically for ambient lights.

Interior wall sconce fixtures that have shades or otherwise diffuse the light tend to work well.

  • PLACEMENT MATTERS – Take time to figure out the wall sconce placement that will make it possible to spread enough light across the room. You should also consider the height of the light; be sure to place them at or just above eye level to create balanced, flattering light.


  • PROPER SPACING – In order to spread even amounts of illumination throughout the room, you’ll need to space them out properly. Generally speaking, you’ll want to space your lights with 6 to 8 feet of space in between each one. This might change depending on the size of your room.


  • USE WARM COLOURS – Warm-coloured lighting provides cosy, inviting illumination that spreads around the room in a gentle flow.

How To Use Indoor Wall Lights for Task Lighting

Indoor wall lights can also be used as task lighting in various locations in a room. A well-placed LED wall sconce can help you more clearly see in task-focused spaces, like near a writing desk or a vanity. Bedroom wall lights can also be used as reading lights.

Other ways to use wall lights as task lights include:


  • Bathroom wall lighting, such as vanity lighting or over sinks
  • Living room wall lights, including reading nook lights
  • Kitchen wall lights near counters and other food prep stations
  • Home office lighting with sconces above the desk


Once you have figured out where you want to illuminate, you can choose which wall mounted lamp you’d like to use for the job. Besides the many different wall sconce styles there are to choose from, you can also decide between fixed or flexible fixtures to give you control over exactly how the light is used.

It is important to place the lights at the right position for the job, such as beside a reading chair or over a writing desk.

Colour temperature is something you should take into account when choosing wall lights. Opt for cool white light around the 3000k range. This will give you light that is bright enough to see, while still being warm and gentle on the eyes.


How To Make a Statement with Wall Uplighters

Wall uplighters, also called wall washers, are a type of wall light fixture that sends illumination up the wall. They “wash” the wall above them with light, giving the space a more visually interesting appearance and plenty of depth.

Wall uplighters are a beautiful type of wall sconce that can decorate as much as they can illuminate. Living room décor can benefit from this type of wall light, especially in rooms that need a little sprucing up.

Wall uplighters are commonly used for highlighting certain features in a space, including architectural elements, textures or artwork. They can:


  • Highlight textured walls by placing recessed uplighters at the bottom of a wall
  • Draw attention to art by placing uplighters underneath
  • Create an eye-catching statement wall with wall washers as one of the different design elements present there
  • Emphasize alcoves with fixtures at any height or at several heights

How To Create a Feature Wall with Interior Wall Uplight Sconces

A feature wall can breathe life into any dull room by dressing up what is already there. Some common examples of feature walls include:


  • Illuminated art gallery walls using art lighting
  • Accentuating a fireplace using wall sconces on either side of the mantel or shining down on top of it
  • Uplighting behind plants and potted trees in front of a wall
  • Spotlights on unique architectural elements on the wall


Read on to learn how to turn a wall in your space into a feature wall.


  1. PICK THE WALL THAT YOU WANT TO FEATURE – This could include one with interesting textures, unique architectural elements, artwork or other decorative details.


  1. PLAN HOW YOU WANT TO LIGHT THE WALL – Think about the kind of effect you want to get and plan around that. Popular feature lights include:


  • Wall washers that shine light upwards on the entire wall
  • Wall grazers that cast illumination along the surface or the texture of the wall
  • Spotlights to draw attention to a specific area of the wall
  • Uplights that shine light in an upward beam for dramatic emphasis


  1. CHOOSE THE BEST FIXTURE FOR THE JOB – This could include:


  • Recessed wall washers
  • Surface mounted wall washers
  • LED strip lights
  • Picture light fixtures
  • Wall sconces
  • Uplighters


  1. FIGURE OUT PLACEMENT – Determine where best to place the lights to achieve the desired effect you’re after.


Ideas for Indoor Uplighters


  1. LWA427 3 Watt Wall Washer Interior Wall Light

LWA427 3 watt hotel bedroom wall lights

For an uplighter as stylish as it is practical, the LWA427 3 Watt Wall Washer Interior Wall Light is a great choice. The light features a U-shaped body that shines light up onto the wall above it. It outputs 300 lumens of 3000k warm white light and comes in your choice of either a black or white finish. This light is IP20 rated.


  1. LWA134 5 Watt Brushed Aluminium LED Wall Uplight

LWA134 5 watt LED wall washer hotel style wall lights

Add a modern touch with the LWA134 5 Watt Brushed Aluminium LED Wall Uplight in your home. This light has a rectangular base that plays host to a round, fixed light head. The light shines upward on the wall, washing it with 500 lumens of 3200k warm white light. Its aluminium brushed exterior matches most modern decor styles, and it has a protective IP20 rating.


  1. LWA377 5 Watt White Interior LED Wall Light

LWA377 5 watt white decorative wall sconce lamp

Ultra modern and artistic, the LWA377 5 Watt White Interior LED Wall Light takes on the appearance of a folded sheet of paper. From its centre, 430 lumens of 3000k warm white light shine up and wash back onto the wall. It is manufactured of high quality aluminium given a crisp white finish, and it has an IP20 rating.


  1. LWA438 12 Watt LED Interior Wall Uplighter Fitting

LWA438 Interior LED Wall Uplights

The LWA438 12 Watt LED Interior Wall Uplighter Fitting is a sleek, contemporary wall uplighter that washes 1000 lumens of 3000k warm white light onto the wall it is attached to. The black or white colour finish option allows you to choose the one that best suits your interior decor. This light has an IP20 rating.


  1. Leon 20 Watt 600mm Wide Dimmable Brushed Silver LED Wall Light

LWA151 20 watt brushed aluminium metal wall lights

The long bar shape of the Leon 20 Watt 600mm Wide Dimmable Brushed Silver LED Wall Light instantly gives any room a trendy, industrial modern look. It features a brushed silver finish that fits into decor of most kinds. This light outputs 1600 lumens of bright, warm 3000k white light and has an IP20 rating.

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