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Shedding Light: Tips for Hanging Wall Lights

Wall lights are both practical and stylish. Creating striking design statements as well as providing beautiful ambient light but bad placement can often leave you feeling a little underwhelmed. So, keep scrolling for some practical tips on how to hang your wall lights.

Living Room


The best height for lights is dependent on the height of your ceiling but as a general rule of thumb, wall lights should be positioned at eye level (around 5-5.5ft) above the floor. When installing multiple wall lights in your living space, consider leaving a minimum of 8'- 10' between each fixture for a balanced spread of light.


Photo: Georgian house by Ben Pentreath PAUL MASSEY

If your light has a switch, make sure you install it where it can be easily reached from a sitting position in the bed. A good height for bedside lights is approximately 55"- 60" from the floor to the top of the light


Neptune Keats Wall Light

If you’re planning on placing your lights either side of a mirror, I would actually recommend mounting your lights just above eye level, or about 60"- 65" from the floor to the centre height of the lights backplate. This will help to illuminate you when looking in the mirror. If you would like your light above the bathroom mirror then you should look for a light that measures at least 3/4 the width of the mirror but does not extend over its edges.


John Lewis & Partners Litho LED Wall Light, Satin Nickel

As a general rule of thumb, the width of the shade of your light should be approx half the width of the artwork below. Position the light at a 30-degree angle from the artwork or even better look for a light that is easily adjustable.

I hope you found these tips helpful. Happy Light Fitting.

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