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Which Wall Lights Are Best For My Home?

The terms associated with lighting fixtures for walls can be difficult to understand , leaving the user unsure when they decide to upgrade or replace the lighting in your walls. This guide can help clarify some of the jargon and make it easier to determine what you require. An in-depth guide to the various types of wall lights and the possible issues that could be preventing you from installing a light fitting on the wall and solutions to common pitfalls. This is a great guide for anyone looking to buy a wall light but don’t know which. We’ll help you figure out how to choose the best height to hang the light, the lighting that goes dim, when a double insulated light is required, and much more.

Hard Wired Wall Lighting:

Wall lighting is referred to as being hard wired if they are wired into the mains. Also, they’re lights that’re not plugged in via an outlet, as the lamp in a table, but connected to your cables in your home which could be buried into the wall or surface mounted.

Some wall light fixtures can be operated by a standard wall switch (like the one used to control your ceiling lights) but not always. The way the light fixture is switched depends largely on the cables you have in your home. There are typically three cables: a neutral, live and earth cable. One could be a switch cable, or it may be a permanent live cable. If the cable is configured to function as one of the switch cables (and this is a simple explanation that will help understand the concept; we recommend that you seek out a professional electrician) You can use the wall switch to operate the lights. If it is a live cable, the light on the wall will remain on all the time in the event that there is no switch that is directly mounted to the wall fixture.

As mentioned earlier, an electrician is the person who deals with any electrical issue, however simple tasks may be more complex than you thought; this is especially true in older homes as many”cowboys,” as they are known, may have modified or evaded security measures. The electrician is trained and authorized to address any electrical problem. We all were taught as babies that electricity is very dangerous, so for your safety and that of family and visitors to your home, it’s well worth the expense of getting an expert to tackle electrical work. Costs are relatively cheap to replace a light fitting.

Double Insulated Wall Lights

There may be no earth cable in the home, so in this situation only double-insulated (class 2) lighting can be utilized. Sometimes this is written as class II. Here we, we offer many lights with this extra safety protection feature.

Homes built prior to 1970 were built prior to there was a regulatory requirement for an earth cable to be installed, which means that lots of houses built before the 1970s must use double-insulated lights. If you’re uncertain about the safety of using these lights that are double insulated for any home or rooms (with the exception of bathrooms), where a specific bathroom rated model must be used. Lights classified as class 2 come with a double layer of insulation built in to protect the live parts to prevent any electrical shocks from touching the lighting fitting or switch.

Wall Lights with Switches:

Wall lighting can be operated in a separate manner from other lights in the room, if they have a switch in the wall, also known as an integrated switch. This can be beneficial for those who want to create a low amount of light or an ethereal ambient. There are three types of switches:

Pull Cord (illustrated below) A string switch which you can pull to the side.
Toggle – A ‘joystick’ style switch
Rocker – A rocking on/off switch
In-line Rocker – A rocker type switch that is located along a cable
Dimmer Dial It is the name of a device to dim the light (anti-clockwise) or increase brightness (clockwise)

If you don’t require your wall light to be separately switched, but the light you want is only available using an integrated light switch you’ll feel relieved to know a switched wall light can still be operated by its mains button (just ensure the integrated switch is on in the “on in all times). If you are replacing your original wall light fitting, you should really replace like with like. So ensure you add this vital information in your search.
The best place to put your wall lighting

In hallways and living rooms we recommend that you place your wall lights between 165 – 170 cm above the floor height

If your home has a mantelpiece and wall lighting, they look best set around 40 to 45 centimeters above this.

In bedrooms, wall lighting work best when they’re placed about 50 centimeters higher than the bed’s edge.

Ideas for Adding New Wall Lights:

Ensure that you can get to cabling that can provide lighting to be powered, as you wouldn’t want to find you have no mains wiring to connect your new fixtures! Make sure to explain to your contractor how you want to use the lights, as they’ll need to make sure the right cabling is laid that will allow for the switching in the way you’d like it to.

Swapping Old Lights for New:

The benefit of swapping lighting fixtures in the walls is knowing that you’re connected to mains wire and won’t be able to locate yourself in a dark spot. Get rid of the old light and replaced with your shiny new one! Be sure to select a wall lamp that will offer a similar or adequate light output and is equipped with the right mains power cables to operate the lights effectively (unless you’re replacing one light for another one with the same switching configuration). No matter if you’ve or haven’t got the right cable, there will be the right wall light. Discover the entire selection of un-switched, switch-able, or double insulated wall lighting the online store.

Where to Put Them:

There’s no right answer for the exact location a wall light should be placed since it’s based on the intended application. You may want the lighting to be placed higher in hallways or when your ceilings are tall but in general it is recommended to place your wall lighting approximately 150cms (or sixty”) higher than the floor for the majority of places however, there is a difference in the bedroom as it is possible to place them lower for lighting at night. If your fixtures are wall washers, you may prefer to put them up above eye level, so they don’t just show the inside of the fixture. For the spacing between two lights we suggest 2.5 to 3 meters for a reasonable spacing however this is of course always subject to personal preference and the electrical compatibility. When replacing an old light, the cable will determine the location where the new light need to go, however make sure to consider that the design of light you select could come with different cable entry points. The best advice for those who do not want to damage the existing decor consider choosing an indoor light that has an extra large back plate or mounting plate. This will cover all the screws that were previously in place and will be large enough to hide the missing wallpaper or paint that’s most often found when the light is removed.

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Lighting for Walls that Plug in

If you’re looking to install a wall lamp but don’t have the necessary cabling available to connect it then you should consider one of the numerous wall lamps that have the long lead of the plug and switch, similar to the floor and table lamps. There is a downside that you’ll be aware of the wire, so it’s worth tacking the cable down where you can, to stop it becoming messy, or opting for one with fabric cords rather than a plastic. They are ideal for saving the space on your bedside table or to prevent wall channeling. The plug-in socket style of wall lighting are especially useful who live in apartments as it is possible to hang this kind of luminaire in much in the same way you would hang pictures.

Dimmable Wall Lights

The wall lights can be used to be used on an dimmer switch on the mains, or will have an individual dimmer dial to enable the light output to be altered in accordance with. This is ideal for bedrooms, living rooms and dining areas where ambient lighting and mood lighting is often needed. A variety of lights can be dimmed depending upon a couple of factors. If the light has an option to dim the bulb, this is the main aspect to consider. Some LED bulbs can be dimmed but as these bulbs are extremely low in wattage, make sure the dimmer switch has been designed to such a low Wattage. If the light is equipped with internal electronics like a 12-volt light will have an electric transformer, while and fluorescents may also contain ballast (sometimes also referred to as choke), then the internal components may not work with dimmers.

LED Wall Lights

Wall lights that feature LED light sources, are very energy efficient as they use only a small amount of power to ensure the high level of illumination. Certain of these wall lights are LED-integrated, which means that the source of light is integrated into the fitting. A lot of people worry about having be replacing the bulb bulb when the bulb dies, but LED lighting lasts for so long that the typical lifespan is around 15 years, so using an LED inbuilt eliminates the issue of replacing bulbs completely. It’s understandable that innovative technology might be considered a little naive at first being introduced to the market however, you might be surprised to know LED’s have been in use for a long time!

Alternately, you could install LED bulbs into any other light source if there is an alternative LED light type that it is using. Check out the selection of retro fit led bulbs that we recommend in the light bulb section in the online store. We also showcase LED bulbs that can work with light after you have added them in the basket.

Hope this blog will guide you to the most appropriate wall light for your home. All you need to do is decide the kind of light you’d like to have. Below you’ll find a little further help explaining the type of wall light you can purchase. You’ll find links that are short cuts to each option, simply type the style that suits you best and you can navigate to the online store and browse through the range.

Types of Wall Light

You’re almost an experienced expert on wall lights, too So, the final thing to consider before you head toward style, is the kind of light fixture you want to install.

Wall Washer – These will sit close to the wall and generally feature a diffuser at the top or bottom of the light, or both and wash the light pool up and down the wall.

Wall Sconce It is typically a single wall light with an arc design.

Single Wall Light It is a single wall light. this is a wall light with only one light source.

Double Wall Light – A wall light with two arms and/or light sources.

Wall Spot Light – These provide the flexibility of directional adjustment, and are suitable to provide task-specific lighting.

Flush Wall Lights – Ideal for rooms with minimal space or narrow hallways, these are able to be mounted close to the mount point.

Ceiling Pendants – A wall light that has an elongated light source that is similar to the ceiling pendant.

Flexible Arm Wall Lights – Similar to swing arm wall lights , they provide flexibility, but with the flexibility of a neck that is flexible instead of a hinge-like mechanism.

Scissor Arm Wall Light – A wall light that is extended from its mount point due to its scissor like mechanism.

Wall Chandelier – A decorative wall light with a striking design that has a similar style to chandeliers that are standard, these are great alternatives or additions.

Hospitality Wall Lights – These wall fixtures are great for lighting in hotels, restaurants and bar settings. They are stylish, functional and easy to maintain.

Paintable Wall Lights – Often made with clay or plaster, these lights can be painted with a color of your choice, great to contrast or blend into your decor

Bathroom Wall Lights – IP44 rating (or higher) wall lights that provide protection against steam and water ingress so are safe to use in bathrooms, cloakrooms and en-suites.

Outdoor Wall Lights – IP44 rated (or higher) These wall lights are suitable to be used outdoors and have protection against elements.

Recessed Wall Lights – These wall light fixtures can be installed recessed into your wall without taking up any space. They are ideal to make practical.

Backlit Wall Lights – These lights tend to illuminate themselves or their mounting surface and depend on reflecting the light back off its material or mounting surface towards the wall. It’s like an art piece!

Picture Lights – They cast illumination back towards the wall and are designed specifically for lighting subtly or highlighting images or any type of artwork that is mounted on the wall.