Adding an antique wall lamp is an easy way to give any room a warm, welcoming and classic feel. These types of fixtures have been in use for centuries, even before electric lights were invented, and they can bring a sense of history to any space, as well as offering the practical benefits of lighting a hallway or a room without using up table or counter space.
Choosing the right light fixture is important, and there are many factors to consider. Some of these include:
Where do you want the sconce to be mounted? Do you want to be able to direct the light upwards or downwards, or do you want the sconce to provide a more general atmospheric glow? What colour or style are you looking for? And lastly, do you want the light to be traditional or modern? All of these questions are important to ask yourself before buying a wall lamp antique.
Wall Sconces are Available in Many Different Types
The first type of wall sconce that was produced was the antique Georgian wall light, and this was made from brass to be more opulent and reflect the taste for Rococo that was developing in England at the time. Other period wall sconces were a more simple design and were made from cast iron, whereas some had the added feature of a swivel so that the lamp could be directed in different directions.
After the industrial revolution, more types of sconces were developed to fit into homes that didn’t have gas pipes or natural light. These were called gasoliers, and they often had a lot of ornate brass work, with curlicues, leaves and flowers being common motifs. These sconces also had the benefit of being able to be directed by the movement of a lever, which allowed a flame to be dragged up or down within the shade, changing the intensity of the light being projected.
More recent times have seen a revival of the sconce as it has been used in both interior and exterior spaces. This has resulted in a wide range of shapes and designs, from sleek and minimal to elaborately detailed with carvings and embellishments. One of the most interesting types of sconce to have emerged in recent years is the motion activated sconce, which uses a sensor to detect the heat from people passing by and then illuminates the surrounding area.
If you’re in the market for a new wall sconce, take a look at our collection of antique and vintage-inspired models to find something that will perfectly complement your home. All of our lamps are carefully checked and restored, so you can rest assured that your new antique wall lamp will be in good working condition. And if you’re not quite sure how to install your new light, contact a professional, as they will be able to help you with the process and ensure that the installation is done correctly.