Relatively few lighting fixtures designed for sconce usage have exteriors representative of their inside components. Most are nothing more than cheaper or sturdier metals with light finished made to look like a more expensive and fragile metal. Nickel and bronze are both particularly common. This lets the manufacturer sell a beautiful lighting product at little cost to them, and accordingly it should cost you little as well. Don't pay a huge price for something that flaunts a metal finish as being similar in value to something crafted fully from that metal.

There may come a time when you don't want a lighting fixture that stands out as being innovative or personable. Perhaps you just need something functional and simple that won't intimidate anyone or make a presumption on the environment. If that's the situation, avoid the lovelier iron, wood, bronze and brass products for a more common lighting fixture. Nickel-brushed steel is simple, cheap, and unbeatable at setting up a light that doesn't exert too much flamboyance.

Almost always found paired with a bronze finish, the phrase 'oil-rubbed' serves to notify the consumer of the usage of chemicals to darken the look of the piece. This is to give a regal, aged look, and may vary from a chocolate hue to a grayish one. Since two different companies will likely create this effect in different ways that result in different looks, always order multiple bronze lights from a single company. And try to give the product a look before actually buying it, so you know that the look the company chose is one you like.

Often people will find that the fixtures are too bulky or just don't look pleasant in the hallway they have. This can be avoided by preferentially buying sconce lighting that hides the fixture behind the light itself. By making the fixture effectively invisible, the light has more psychological impact, and less chance to clash.

Some **wall sconce lighting** will need to be wired, and others will not. A general rule is that cheaper models can use just batteries, while more expensive ones will need to be wired into a power source. If you're not an expert at electrical work yourself and don't care to hire an electrician, you may wish to use battery-based models. But this doesn't save you from having to replace batteries on a regular basis, of course!

Carefully analyze the raw illumination output of any model you buy. Many sconce lights are more for ambient looks rather than for giving serious lighting to an area. While there's nothing wrong with this weaker models, you shouldn't buy one thinking they can do more than they were designed for.

Surely you know the visual differences between fluorescent and incandescent bulbs. You can apply that to your sconce lights as well, by using various bulbs and seeing which ones achieve the ideal visual effect. Besides color and brightness, different sizes of bulbs can illuminate from different angles to create surprising new looks.

Your lighting should take the appearance of the area overall area. What use is a plain, simple steel light near a rustic **antler chandelier** and a cherry wood desk? How much good is an intricate iron fixture for a light near a children's play room? Not much in either case. Give some thought to how the materials and shapes of the lights will influence the overall theme of the area, and whether or not it would clash.