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Interior decorating relies on far more than adding art and other decor to a space. Lighting plays a huge role in the overall mood and look. With so many different interior light styles to work with, there are a seemingly endless number of ways for you to light your interior in a pleasing decorative manner.

How To Make A Statement with Wall Lighting

Though their main function is, of course, providing illumination, wall lighting doesn’t have to stop at functionality. You can also use it to make a statement in your room with modern wall lights.

Tips on Creating Statement Lighting

  • USE MODERN WALL LAMPS. By choosing an eye-catching and unique wall lamp, you can easily make your wall lights the focal point in the room.
  • USE COLOURS FOR CONTRAST. Depending on the colour scheme in your space, you can choose lights for contrast, such as black on white walls, to create an artistic effect.
  • TRY WALL UPLIGHTERS. Using uplighters and wall wash lights can add even more visual appeal to your space. This type of lighting not only shines illumination out but also shines it behind and above the fixture as well. This creates an artistic appearance and uses the light as more than just a way to light up the space.
  • PLAY WITH POSITIONING. As mentioned, you can stagger the lights on the wall to create a visually intriguing arrangement.

Best LED Light Colours For The Home

In a domestic setting, warmer lights tend to work better. They create a cosy, inviting appearance that is relaxing to you and your guests. 3000k warm white lights are particularly well suited for living rooms, bedrooms and hallways. This light colour is softer on the eyes and brings out a warmer look and feel to the room.

Outside of this, this colour temperature in your modern wall lamps can blend effortlessly with any existing halogen bulbs you may have. In rooms such as a home office or kitchen, having 6000k cool white light can help you to see more clearly and make you more alert.

Commercial Light Colours

On the other hand, commercial spaces can benefit from having cool, bright and refreshing light. Having a 6000k cool white colour temperature offers a brighter look than warm lights. This colour temperature is important especially in retail environments as it helps illuminate various products with accuracy. If your commercial building is an office building, cool lights such as these are also beneficial.

 

Where To Place Your Wall Lighting

Where you choose to place your wall lights is instrumental to what the finished result will be. There are a few key things to think about before you install new interior wall lights:

Height 

Generally speaking, it is better to install lights somewhere that isn’t directly at eye level. Not only is it uncomfortable to look directly into a light, but you may walk into them. If you have any exposed bulbs, this is an especially important tip. Mounting lights about two meters from the floor will give you a universally pleasant effect. Still, you should keep in mind the heights of the members of your family, as well as the size of the fixture and the height of the ceiling when installing your LED wall sconces.

Location 

Where the room is you’re lighting is another thing to consider. Narrower rooms, stairwells with a lot of traffic and hallways are better lit using mounted fixtures with a low profile. Recessed wall lights are also a good idea in environments such as these. It is important to measure the depth of any given fixture before committing to it to ensure it fits the type of space you’re installing it in.

Spacing

Finally, consider how spaced out your LED wall lights will be. One fixture for every 2.5 meters is usually enough. Even still, you may find you want more or less space between these lights depending on the amount of light the bulb emits. The size of the room may also come into factor here, as you want to create a balanced effect.

Open, roomy spaces may need more fixtures to reach this balanced look and to create the same impact as lighting a smaller room. You should also consider the line of wall lights before you fix them in place. In some cases, staggering the lights so they don’t line up perfectly can create a more natural appearance. In the same vein, in some smaller spaces, having lights that aren’t symmetrical can ruin the look of the space.

In the end, spacing all comes down to personal preference and the size room in which you want to place them.

How To Use Wall Lighting to Illuminate Stairways

Below are a few tips for effectively and stylishly lighting staircases:

– LED Wall Lights –

There are many ways to light a staircase, but installing stairway lighting fixtures on the wall is among the most popular. Most staircases are next to at least one wall, making it a good choice for almost every home. Walls also make wiring the lights simpler, so getting the illumination into the space is less of a time-consuming headache.

Many people enjoy the look of recessed wall lights in a stairwell. It is a good idea to try and space these about 20 centimeters above the steps. This will give them a subtle, flush look while also generating appropriate levels of lighting for the steps. This will also make navigating them safer.

– LED Step Lights –

Step lighting is often used for the bends and edges of staircases. They can be installed either vertically on the risers of the stairs or on the treads depending on your preferences and situation. As mentioned, having proper stair lighting can also add an element of safety to the staircase.

– Lighting the Surrounding Areas –

You could also choose to use one powerful wall light to shine illumination across the entirety of the staircase. This will give you the light that the staircase requires but won’t give off the same aesthetic appeal that using multiple wall lights will. A single light also lacks the ability to draw out the shape and character of the staircase. In conclusion, it’s a good practical lighting option but doesn’t do much in the way of decorating the stairs.

Light colours are measured in units of Kelvin, which determines the shade of white the bulbs give off. Bulbs that have a higher colour temperature between 5000k and 10000k emit a cool whiteish-blue light that looks brighter to the eye and more like daylight, perfect for retail environments. Bulbs with a colour temperature below 5000k are warmer and gentler on the eyes and look like the light from a soft sunset, perfect for gathering in a comfortable sitting room.

In order to determine what light colour will best suit your space, you will need to think about the room itself. Consider what the environment is used for and then determine if you will need a softer or warmer light. Whatever you decide, you should have this information in mind before selecting the light colour temperature when shopping. Mixing these two light colours without thought will lend itself to a rather abrasive and ugly result.

LED light colour temperature guide

Light Colours at Home  

In a domestic setting, warmer lights tend to work better. They create a cosy, inviting appearance that is relaxing to you and your guests. 3000k warm white lights are particularly well suited for living rooms, bedrooms and hallways. This light colour is softer on the eyes and brings out a warmer look and feel to the room.

Outside of this, this colour temperature in your modern wall lamps can blend effortlessly with any existing halogen bulbs you may have. In rooms such as a home office or kitchen, having 6000k cool white light can help you to see more clearly and make you more alert.

Commercial Light Colours

On the other hand, commercial spaces can benefit from having cool, bright and refreshing light. Having a 6000k cool white colour temperature offers a brighter look than warm lights. This colour temperature is important especially in retail environments as it helps illuminate various products with accuracy. If your commercial building is an office building, cool lights such as these are also beneficial.

Perhaps the most important benefit of using LED indoor wall lighting is energy efficiency. Whereas halogen lights give off 90 percent of their energy in heat, LED lights can turn 70 percent of their energy into light. The reduction in energy output does nothing to dim the shine; you only need a six watt bulb to generate the same level of light as a 40 watt incandescent bulb. The lower temperature also makes them safer to touch, which is particularly important if you have children in the home.

Compared to halogen bulbs, LED bulbs have a much longer life and are available in a wider range of colour temperatures. While halogen bulbs tend to last an average of 1000 hours, LEDs have a minimum rated life of 20,000 hours. This will save you plenty of money in the long run not having to constantly replace bulbs.

When you are planning the design of your room, you’ll need to think about what you want the finished product to look like. Do you want the room to be bright and clear? Or would you rather have a room with a soft, warm glow? To determine this, take into account which room you intend to light up.

For instance, a lounge will look best with softer, warmer light. Using wall light fixtures that cast a warm glow can make the room feel cosier while still being well lit. A kitchen or office will benefit from brighter LED wall lights and LED wall sconces. In these areas, being able to see clearly is a must.

If you have stairs in your home, you should consider adding stairway lighting fixtures and LED step lights to make navigating easier and safer. Often, indoor staircases do well with warm light.

It is also a good idea to figure out what other lighting you intend to add to an area and how you plan to use it. Questions to ask yourself include:

  • Will you have all of the lights on all at once?
  • Will you only have the ceiling or wall lights on one at a time?
  • How close to your seating areas do you want the wall lights?
  • Do you plan to use the lights more as practical or decorative wall lighting?
  • Do you plan to add illumination through the use of wall wash lights?

If you have vaulted ceilings, you may struggle to figure out the best way to light them. Often, showing off a grand ceiling is as much of a priority as lighting the room itself. One method of light a room with high ceilings is to use wall washers and LED uplighters. This will create a pleasing glow towards the ceiling, which can accent beams and other features they may possess.

You can also use simple wall sconces to light a low vaulted ceiling. This will generate the illumination you need without distracting too much attention from the beautiful ceiling itself. It is also recommended that you use warm lights in a vaulted room. Because they are much larger than rooms with a flat ceiling, the colour temperature will be responsible for creating the atmosphere in the space. You want it to look inviting and warm, and cool lights may make it look like a showroom.

While not every LED light is dimmable as a standard, you can buy dimmable LED light bulbs. There are two main types of dimmable LED lights, including PWM, or pulse width modulation, and analogue dimmable LEDs. Having dimmable LED lights brings with it many benefits:

  • Dimming lights lessens their energy output, saving power and keeping your electricity bill lower
  • Because dimming a light saves energy, a dimmer can help prolong their usable life to about 40,000 hours, or twice as long as the usual rated life
  • The ability to dim a light allows you to control the atmosphere and ambiance of any given space depending on the mood or activity
  • Modern technology allows you to control the lights through smart homes, phone apps and remote controls

Lights obviously run on electricity, and if you don’t know what you’re doing, you run the risk of being electrocuted. Even if you believe the job looks simple enough, it’s best to contact a qualified electrician to get the job done safely.

LED wall lights are a versatile type of fixture that can be used in all kinds of rooms both commercial and domestic. In this article, we looked at some of the different ways that wall lights can enhance the look of a room. We also gave you some tips about the specific things to keep in mind when lighting various spaces to achieve the best results.

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