A sconce is a kind of lamp that is fixed to a flat surface such as a wall. In outdoor spaces, it is usually seen illuminating doorways and patios, arbors and outdoor passages. It is not suitable for garden paths, unless the path has freestanding columns or walls. Sconce outdoor lights are decorative as well as functional. They beautify as they illuminate.
The history of sconce outdoor lighting dates back to gas and torch lights. In those times, traditional light sources were affixed to the walls in this way. The torches could then be easily reached from their wall sconces as needed. This is the reason for its unusual and unique design. Sconce outdoor lights are not only decorative and useful; they can be a good conversation starter as well.
Today’s electric sconces are installed in corridors and hallways. Aside from illuminating that area, it gives a distinct kind of decorative feel. There are specific sizes and distances in its installation and item height. Example:
– In a passage, the sconce’s height should be ¾ up the wall from a floor to ceiling measurement
– They are to be installed in alternating sides in the passageways
– Distance from the floor is the same as distance from each other
– Sizes to be scaled from a ceiling’s height
The fixtures for sconce outdoor lights might vary according to what kind of materials and bulbs are used. The old brass and tin has been joined by capiz and wood and colored composites. Shapes not possible to forge in olden times are all too possible to cast and mold today. A mix and mash of materials and techniques have made contemporary style sconces a rage in some houses.
These outdoor lighting, once installed, magically change the mood of any house. What was once commonplace during the daytime, if well lit at night, becomes inviting, relaxing, and uplifting. Such is the power of sconce outdoor lights, or any kind of outdoor light, for that matter.
For those who are interested in putting a sconce outdoor in their residences, the possible sources could be Craftsman, LAMP, Kichler, and Murray Feiss.