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Wall lights are an essential part of any interior lighting scheme as they are perfect for bringing subtlety, interest and warmth to a room. A great lighting scheme is all about creating layers of light - pairing ceiling lights with wall lights and adding floor and table lamps as required - so you have the right mix of bright light for working by and ambient light for relaxation.

Why Use A Wall Light?

Wall sconces work in the same way as a 'soft' spotlight in that they cast a pool of light upwards or downwards making them ideal as reading lamps in a bedroom or gentle tasking light near a mirror in a bathroom. They make a great alternative to table lamps for a bedside; fitted over a work surface or preparation area in a kitchen and near a sofa, fireplace or shelving unit for living room wall lights.

At Jim Lawrence we make wall lights that plug in, wall lights with a switch, Ip rated bathroom wall lights and kitchen wall lights that will instill your space with soft, relaxing illumination. Our wall lighting is available in a range of designs - modern, industrial, traditional, rustic and vintage- to suit your personal style and come in a choice of painted, plated and antiqued finishes in brass, black, nickel, polished and copper so you can be sure to get

Our outdoor wall lights are perfect for brightening up your garden, pathway or driveway, either for security and safety, or to create an inviting space to spend those warm summer evenings with friends and family. Available in traditional colours as well as metal such as matt black, copper and brass, we’re sure to have an outside wall light to suit your garden.

Grantham Wall Light
Scrolled Wall Light

How Do I Choose A Wall Light?


Spaces with low ceilings can feel a little cramped so often look better with wall lights which, if fitted high enough, will draw the eye up and make the space feel open. Wall lights are great for brightening up staircases and landings.

SPACE LIGHTS EVENLY - by spacing lights at even intervals down the length of a hallway or landing you will avoid shadowy dark areas.

PLACE THEM AT EYE LEVEL - you are most likely to be standing when using a hallway, so choose a wall light that looks good straight on and fit it at or just above eye leve to eliminate glare.

CONSIDER THE WIDTH OF YOUR HALLWAY - opt for flush wall lights if you have a narrow space, or wall lights with more generious arms if you have a wide hallway. Wall lights are often the only lighting in a hallway so opt for a decorative desgin to add visual interest.

INCORPORATE MIRRORS - bounch light around your hallway by hanging a mirror inbetween your wall lights.

For more hallway lighting ideas, see our collection of Hallway Lights


Living room wall lights will add to the beauty of your room so choose decorative designs that reflect the colours and/or style of the room.

SPACE LIGHTS EVENLY - use wall lights as ambient lighting by spacing them evenly around a room. Living rooms are often formal in character so lights look better fitted in pairs next to architectural features like windows, doors, fireplaces and chimney breasts, alcoves or works of art.

CREATE TASK LIGHTING - if you are looking for reading light choose something that looks lovely with your favourite sofa or armchair and place your lights over or near your reading nook or desk where you need it most.

CONSIDER PLUG-IN WALL LIGHTS - for an easy 'out-of-box- solution that doesn not require wiring and can be moved to suit your needs.

We have a huge collection of lights for living rooms Living Room Lighting Ideas
Double Cottage Wall Light
Scallop Plug-in Wall Light


Bedroom lighting needs to be flexible to allow for bright light to carry out functions like reading, dressing, working or grooming but also softer light to promote relaxation and sleep.

CONSIDER BEDSIDE LIGHTING FIRST - select a wall light that will fit neatly next to or above your bed for ample reading light. Placing them at shoulder height is generally a good idea so they are easy to swithc on/off from the bed.

USE DIRECTIONAL LIGHTS - or angled wall lights to focus pools of light where needed. Spotlights work as both tasking and ambient light and can be fitted anywhere – to walls, ceilings, beams, shelves and wardrobes.

SWAP BULBS - change bulbs that give off white/blue light for LEDs that have a soft warm white light to encourage sleep.

USE DIMMER SWTICHES - with your bedroom lighting to ensure even more control of lighting levels.

Bedroom Lighting Ideas



An ideal place for wall lights as they may be crucial for creating the right atmosphere. Unlike living rooms, a diming room may not have as many accutrements like ornaments and soft furnishings to create a relaxed feeling so lighting becomes all the more important.

BASE WALL LIGHTING AROUND THE DINING TABLE - and consider soft lighting as it is more flattering and intimate. Becasue we tend to use dining rooms at night, you can afford to be more dramatic in your choice of lighting.

COMPLEMENT THE LOOK OF PENDANT LIGHTS  - select wall lights that complement any overhanging ceiling pendants you have above your dining table - choose something in the same finish, colour or that reflects the same shape.

CONSIDER TASKING LIGHT - use wall lights to boost light where you need it such as to flank a serving table, doorway or fireplace.

USE DIMMABLE BULBS - think about using dimmable bulbs and dimmer switches to alter the brightness of your light.
Single Morston Fluted Glass
Raydon Bathroom Wall Light


CHOOSE THE RIGHT IP RATING - different areas of the bathroom require different levels of protection from moisture so make sure you have the right fitting in the right place. For more information, see our guide - IP Ratings Explained

CREATE VANITY LIGHTING - the best place to fit bathroom wall lights is either side, or above a mirror so you have the right level of light for grooming and washing. Tor flattering light fit them so the centre is at eye level.

PLACE LIGHTS NEAR REFLECTIVE SURFACES - to make a bathroom seem larger as the light will bounce off surfaces and mirrors making a space seem more spacious. 

USE DIMMABLE LIGHTS - wall lights fitted with dimmable bulbs and governed with dimmer switches will give you more control over your lighting and help create a cosy spa-like feeling for relaxation.

For our collection of elegant, IP Rated wall lights for the bathroom, browse our Bathroom Wall Lights

What size picture light should I choose?

Lighting pictures is not an exact science, but a basic rule of thumb is to position pictures on the wall with the centre at eye level - about 1.5m (5ft) from floor level and to position the picture light centrally above the picture. Most picture lights have adjustable heads that can be swivelled to direct the light correctly onto the picture below.

LANDSCAPE PICTURES - choose a picture light that is 1/2 to 1/3 the size of the picture not including the frame.

PORTRAIT PICTURES - select a picture light that is as close to 1/2 the width of the picture as is possible, not including the frame.

For more information, see our Picture Lighting Guide

Picture light



Generally, you should aim to fit your wall light so that the top sits at eye level, or just above, so you avoid the glare of the bulb. However, you will need to consider the height of your ceiling, the size of your fitting and features like windows, doorways, architraves and dado rails.

As a rule of thumb, wall lights should be positioned around 152-170cm (5-5.5ft) above floor level and around 250 - 300cm (8-10ft) apart, space allowing.

If in doubt, use the 'rule of thirds' and fit the lights two thirds the way up the wall.


Our wall lights are fitted with bayonet lamp holders for either small bayonet (SBC, B15) bulbs or standard bayonet (BC, B22) bulbs.

Commonly, SBC bulbs are around 4-5 LED Watts (equivalent to a 40-50W incandescent bulb) and BC bulbs are around 6-7W LED (60-70W incandescent). We recommend a maximum wattage of 6 LED W for an SBC and 7.5 LED W for a BC lamp holder.

We don't recommend halogen bulbs as they become very hot and can scorch fabric shades.


  • In any room where you'd like ambient lighting. They are great for living rooms to create a sense of warmth and cosiness.
  • As bathroom wall lights for tasking light around a mirror. Remember, they need to be IP-rated if near a sink, bath or shower.
  • As hallway lights to brighten up a dark or narrow corridor.
  • In bedrooms to save space on bedside tables and provide adequate reading light.


CONSIDER WHAT YOU ARE USING YOUR LIGHTING FOR - do you need general ambient lighting for a warm, cosy atmosphere, or brighter, tasking light for reading or working by?

PICK YOUR PLACEMENT - start the process by thinking about where you want your to lighting to come from. Look at the natural light coming in from the windows and think about where you have dark corners or shadowy sections that need brightening up. If you want to create a reading corner or home study, consider fitting a wall light above or near this spot so you have a specific light source.

BULB POINTING UP OR DOWN?  - wall lights with bulbs that point upwards (uplights) are designed to throw their light upwards along a wall and will open up the room giving it more sense of space. Wall lights that point down (downlighters) cast the majority of their light downwards creating a brighter, more specific and dramatic pool of light that will make a room feel cosy and is better as tasking lights for reading or working.

INCORPORATE MULTIPLE LAYERS - remember, wall lights should be just one of the layers of light you use in a room. Incorporate other layers using floor and table lamps for accent lighting and spotlights and directional lamps for tasking light.