Wall Sconce Lighting Guide

Wall Sconce Lighting Guide

When it comes to wall sconce lighting, finding a reliable lighting company can be difficult. We at Butler can help you find lighting for nearly every facet of your home lighting experience. Including indoor and outdoor sconce lighting.


Small Budget

A small budget is defined as being less than $1000. When working with a small budget try to spend it on security, and curbside appeal.

  • Basic Metal Sconces: for exterior applications, these are typically made from steel, aluminum, or other affordable metals with a simple, functional design.
  • Glass or Acrylic Sconces: budget-friendly option that can add a touch of elegance to any room. They can be found in a variety of designs and colors, such as clear, frosted, or colored glass.
  • Plug-in Wall Sconces: an affordable option that can be easily installed without the need for an electrician.

Medium Budget

A medium budget is defined as being between $1000 and $5000. With a larger budget, one should shift their focus to creating a more decorative or elaborate interior or outdoor setting.

  • Custom Metal Sconces: typically made from higher-quality metals such as iron, brass, bronze, or copper and can be found in a variety of finishes such as polished, brushed, or antique. These sconces can be custom-made to your specifications but also note that not all higher quality metals on custom.
  • Glass or Crystal Sconces: a more upscale design that will add luxury to any room.

Large Budget

A large budget is defined as being over $5000. When working with a large budget you can have a larger focus on quality, beauty, size, and materials.

  • Custom Hand-Crafted Sconces: typically made by skilled artisans and can be made from a wide range of materials such as metal, glass, ceramic, or wood. These sconces can be custom-designed to your specifications.
  • High-end Metal Sconces: typically made from premium-grade metals such as brass, bronze, copper, and can be found in a variety of finishes such as polished, brushed, or antique.
  • Crystal Wall Sconces: Expertly crafted by skilled artisans, these high-end sconces are made with the finest quality crystal, adding a touch of elegance and luxury to any room. The sparkling crystal refracts light beautifully, creating a mesmerizing ambiance. These sconces can be custom-designed to match any decor, making them the perfect addition to any high-end home or commercial space.

Butler Lighting has everything one would need at any price point. Whether your budget is extremely high, or very low, we will provide lighting that works for you. We offer tens of thousands of exterior lighting options at nearly every price point.

Design Types

There are many different design types available for wall sconces, and the best choice for your home will depend on your personal style and the decor of the room space where the sconces will be installed. For example:

Art Deco

these sconces typically feature bold geometric shapes, clean lines, and a mix of materials such as glass, metal, and chrome. They can add a touch of glamor and elegance to any room.

Mid-century Modern

these sconces typically feature a minimalist design, with simple and clean lines, and a mix of wood, metal, and glass. They can add a touch of vintage and modern look to any room.


these sconces typically feature designs that are inspired by the sea, such as sconces made from natural materials such as driftwood, rope, or shells. They will add a relaxed, beachy feel to any room.


these sconces feature designs that are inspired by rural, country living, such as sconces made from natural materials, with a distressed or rustic finish. They will add a warm, inviting feel to any room.


these sconces typically feature designs that are inspired by Mediterranean architecture and culture, such as sconces made from terracotta, wrought iron, or ceramic. They will add a touch of elegance and warmth to any room.

How To Install

Installing wall sconces can be a DIY project, but it’s important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and local building codes. First, you must plan ahead by measuring the height of the sconces and layout on the walls. You also need the right tools and materials such as a drill and mounting hardware. Before you install the sconces, make sure to turn the power off to that circuit. Install the mounting bracket by attaching it to the wall with the provided hardware. Connect the wiring from the wall to the sconce. Strip the wires and connect them to the appropriate wires on the sconce using wire nuts. Next, attach the sconce to the mounting bracket by securing it with the provided hardware. Lastly, turn the power back on to test that the sconces are working. Most importantly, if you are not comfortable or experienced with electrical work, it is best to hire a professional electrician to install your wall sconces.

Energy Costs

Energy costs are an important factor to consider when selecting wall sconces for your home. The cost of operating sconces can vary depending on several factors, including the type of light bulbs you use, the intensity of the lights, and how often the lights are used.

One way to reduce the energy cost with wall sconces is to choose energy-efficient light bulbs, such as LED or CFL, which use less energy and last longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. These bulbs may have a higher upfront cost, but they can save you money on your energy bills in the long run.

Another way to reduce energy cost with sconces is to use timers or smart controls to turn off lights when they are not needed. This can help prevent unnecessary energy usage and lower your energy bills.

By considering these factors, you can choose wall sconces that are energy-efficient and help to lower your energy costs.

Commercial and Bulk Options

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Why Butler?

We at Butler Lighting have been fulfilling the lighting needs of our customers since 1948. Whether you need lighting for your home, multi-family project, or restaurant, we can provide whatever lighting that you need. We will work within your budget to get your lighting to a state that you will love. As a family-run business, we put an emphasis on communication and a commitment to hard work. We at Butler work with over 150 vendors and we can handle any lighting job you can throw at us. If you have a lighting job that needs to be finished contact us today, and we’ll take your lighting to the next level.

Wall Sconce FAQs

When choosing a wall sconce, there are several factors to consider such as size, function, placement, lighting, design, features, and energy efficiency. First, consider the placement of the sconce in relation to other furniture and decor in the room. Consider if you will be using sconces for ambient, task, or accent lighting. Choose a design, including the materials and finish, that complements the decor of your room. Consider if you want any additional features like a dimming option or switch capabilities. If you are interested in saving money in the long run, look for wall sconces that use LED or CFL bulbs.

Wall sconces should be in proportion to the size of the room. A large room may require a larger sconce. However, you need to consider the placement in relation to other furniture and decor in the room. Wall sconces are typically installed at eye level or slightly above, so consider the height of the wall and the people who will be using the space. Next, consider the functionality of the sconce. If it will be used as a task light, a larger sconce with more light sources may be appropriate. If it will be used as an accent light, a smaller sconce with a single light may be sufficient.

Wall sconces can be placed in various locations in a room, depending on the desired lighting effect and the layout of the space.

  • Flanking a focal point: wall sconces can be placed on either side of a focal point in a room, such as a fireplace, bed, or piece of artwork. This creates a balanced and symmetrical look and can be used to highlight the focal point.
  • Hallway or stairway: Wall sconces can be used to provide light and add style to hallways and stairways. They can be placed at regular intervals along the hallway or stairway, providing both functional and ambient lighting.
  • Bathroom: Wall sconces can be used in bathrooms to provide task lighting for grooming and vanity activities. They can be placed on either side of a mirror or above a sink.
  • Entryway: Wall sconces can be placed on either side of a front door to provide a warm and welcoming ambiance and functional lighting for the entryway.
  • Dining area: Wall sconces can be placed on either side of a dining table or in a dining room to create a cozy and intimate atmosphere.
  • Staircase: Wall sconces can be installed on the wall next to the staircases, can provide safety and security while also adding a touch of elegance.

It’s important to remember that wall sconces should be installed at eye level or slightly above to avoid glare and to provide the right amount of light.

It’s not necessary to match wall sconces with a chandelier, but it can be a good idea to coordinate the styles and finishes to create a cohesive look in the room. The sconces and chandelier can be in the same style and finish, for example, if you have a traditional chandelier, you can match it with traditional style sconces, if you have a modern chandelier, you can match it with modern style sconces. Coordinating the styles and finishes can also create a cohesive look without being an exact match. For example, if your chandelier has a brushed nickel finish, you can choose sconces with a similar finish or a complementary finish, such as oil-rubbed bronze or black. On the other hand, if you prefer a more eclectic look, you can mix and match different styles and finishes for your sconces and chandelier. The key is to create a balance and harmony in the room, and to make sure that the elements work well together.

To maintain and clean wall sconces, follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning and care. This may involve dusting the light heads and shades regularly, using a soft, dry cloth to wipe away dirt or fingerprints, and replacing light bulbs as needed. Avoid using abrasive or harsh cleaning products, as they may damage the finish of the fixture or light heads.


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