Antique Wall Lights & Classic Wall Lights
If you’re in search of a way to add a touch of vintage flair to your home, our selection of antique, and classic wall lights may be just what you need. These wall lights come in a variety of designs and styles, each offering their own unique charm to elevate the aesthetic of any room in your home. Whether you prefer a classic and timeless look, or a more intricate and ornate design from a particular era, our range of antique style and classic wall lights has plenty of options to choose from. In this post, we’ll explore the various features and benefits of these wall lights, as well as providing tips on how to choose and install them in your home.
What are wall lights?
Wall lights are just what they sound like – they are a type of lighting fixture that can be mounted on a wall. As wall lights are fixed to the wall, usually above head height, they can contribute to general levels of ambient light. They might be in addition to, or instead of ceiling lights. They might also be used to accentuate architectural features, or provide task lighting for specific activities, such as in a reading nook.
Wall lights are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, styles, and materials, and are often used in conjunction with other lighting sources to create a layered lighting scheme in a room. A layered lighting scheme means that whether you’re looking to create a cosy and intimate atmosphere in a bedroom, or you need to control your living room lighting based on what activity is happening, wall lights can be a versatile, and practical lighting solution to add to any space.
What are the differences between antique style and classic wall lights?
Antique style and classic wall lights may seem similar at first glance, but there are some notable differences between the two styles. Antique wall lights are designed to mimic the look and feel of antique lighting fixtures – without the hefty price tag that actual antique wall lights have – and they often feature ornate details, intricate patterns, and vintage finishes. Classic wall lights, on the other hand, tend to be more understated and elegant in their design, with clean lines, simple shapes, and timeless finishes.
While antique wall lights are often associated with a more traditional and ornate aesthetic, classic wall lights can be used in a variety of design styles, from contemporary, through to vintage-inspired. When choosing between antique style and classic wall lights, you should consider the overall style and aesthetic of the room, as well as your personal preferences for design and décor.
Why should I use antique style and classic wall lights in my home?
Antique style and classic wall lights can be a stylish and practical addition to any room in your home. Not only are they practical, offering a warm and welcoming glow, but they can bring elegance and sophistication to your décor in an entirely different way to the way that modern styles do. Whether you’re looking to create a reading nook in a cosy corner, highlight an architectural feature, or add character to your hallway or entryway, antique style and classic wall lights can be a great addition to your space.
Unlike actual antiques, many antique style and classic wall lights are now designed with energy efficiency in mind, usually featuring LED bulbs or integrated LEDs to help reduce your energy consumption and lower your utility bills, as well as being better for the environment. This means that antique style and classic wall lights are practical, stylish, and energy-efficient lighting solution for any home.
What styles and designs of antique style, and classic wall lights are available?
You’ll find antique style and classic wall lights available in a wide range of styles and designs to suit any home décor. Antique wall lights are often designed to mimic the look and feel of vintage or antique lighting fixtures, featuring ornate details, intricate patterns, and vintage finishes. Some of the most popular styles of antique wall lights in our range are influenced by Victorian, Edwardian, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco style.
In contrast, classic wall lights offer an understated and refined design, typically featuring simple shapes, clean lines, and timeless finishes. Whether you're seeking a vintage-inspired wall light to add a touch of character to your home or a sleek and modern wall light to complement your contemporary décor, our range of antique style and classic wall lights has a variety of styles and designs to suit your needs.
What materials are used for antique and classic wall lights?
Antique wall lights are usually made from high-quality materials that are designed to last for many years. Some of the most common materials used for antique wall lights include brass, bronze, copper, and iron. These materials were chosen for their durability, strength, and ability to withstand the test of time – which is the same reasons that designers use them today. Our range also features styles with hand-blown glass shades and crystal accents, making them even more elegant and sophisticated.
When choosing an antique wall light, it’s important to consider the overall aesthetic and design of the room, as well as the materials used in other furnishings and décor. Whether you’re looking for a classic brass wall light to add vintage charm to your hallway, or an elegant bronze wall light to help light up your dining room, there are plenty of antique, and classic wall lights available, in a variety of materials to suit your home.
How to choose the right antique style or classic wall light
When choosing an antique style or classic wall light, there are several factors to consider to ensure that you select the perfect fixture for your space. Here are some things to think about before making your decision:
- Before you begin your search for the perfect wall light, it’s important to think about what your wall light needs to do. Consider the function of the room. For example, if you’re looking for a wall light to illuminate a reading nook or workspace, you may want to choose a fixture with an adjustable arm or shade for optimal light placement. There are plenty of options, but this will help you to narrow down your search.
- Think about the styling you’ve chosen for the room. Our range of antique style and classic wall lights has a wide range of styles and designs, so you can pick out a fixture that complements the overall style and aesthetic of the space. Consider the colour scheme, furnishings, and décor, and choose a wall light that matches with, or perhaps contrasts with these elements.
- Consider the size and scale of the room. A small wall light may be overwhelmed by a large space, while a large fixture may look out of place in a smaller room. You’ll need to think about the height and width of the wall light, as well as how far it projects from the wall, to ensure that it will work in the room. If you’re fitting a wall lamp in a hallway, for example, you’ll need to make sure they are the right size, as well as not causing a hazard to people passing them.
By assessing your lighting needs and preferences, considering the style and aesthetic of the room, and matching the lamp to the room size and scale, you can make sure that you get the perfect antique style or classic wall light to enhance your home décor.
Why use LED bulbs with antique style and classic wall lights?
Many antique style and classic wall lights are designed to use LED bulbs or integrated LED lighting for several reasons. Firstly, LED bulbs are more energy efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs, helping to lower your energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint. Additionally, LED bulbs have a longer lifespan than traditional bulbs, lasting years longer in most cases. This means that you’ll spend less time and money replacing bulbs, and more time enjoying your antique style or classic wall light.
Some people may be concerned that LED bulbs will spoil, or somehow detract from the vintage look of their antique style or classic wall light. However, there are now decorative LED bulbs available that mimic the warm glow and vintage look of traditional bulbs, while still providing the energy efficiency and longevity of LED technology. These decorative LED bulbs are available in a range of shapes and sizes to suit different fixtures, and are an excellent option for those who want to enjoy the benefits of LED lighting without sacrificing the aesthetic of their antique style or classic wall light.
Using LED bulbs, or integrated LEDs with antique style and classic wall lights can help to lower your energy bills, reduce your carbon footprint, and provide a longer lifespan for your lighting. If you’re concerned about a modern bulb being on display, choose from our range of decorative LED bulbs to help maintain the aesthetic of your fixture, while still reaping the benefits of LED technology.
Where can I use antique style and classic wall lights?
You can use antique and classic wall lights in rooms throughout the home. A few examples:
- Living Room – Antique style and classic wall lights are warm and inviting, providing lower levels of lighting that are perfect for unwinding after a long day.
- Bedroom – Adding antique style and classic wall lights on either side of the bed can create a cosy and intimate space for relaxation and rest, and can be an alternative to bedside table lamps.
- Bathroom – Wall lights in this space can offer a soft and flattering light, perfect for getting ready in the morning or relaxing before bed. When you’re shopping for bathroom wall lights, make sure the style you choose is IP44 or above, and work with a qualified electrician to install them.
- Study or Home Office – Antique style and classic wall lights can provide task lighting that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing, allowing you to work in a comfortable and well-lit environment.
No matter which room you choose to install them in, antique style and classic wall lights are an elegant choice, and provide practical benefits such as improved visibility and energy efficiency.
What different purposes are antique style and classic wall lights used for?
Antique style and classic wall lights can be used for a variety of purposes, depending on the specific design and style of the fixture. Some antique style or classic wall lights are designed primarily for decorative purposes, to add character to a room. These fixtures may feature ornate details, intricate metalwork, or other vintage-inspired elements that evoke a sense of nostalgia.
Other antique style or classic wall lights are designed primarily for functional purposes, such as providing task lighting for reading, grooming, or other activities – think about vintage shaving lights, which are perfect in bathrooms, for example. Antique and classic wall lights that are ideal for task lighting can feature adjustable arms, swivel heads, or other features that allow you to direct the light where it is needed the most.
Antique style and classic wall lights can also be used for ambient lighting, providing a soft, warm glow that helps to create a relaxing and inviting atmosphere in a room. Some styles can be used alone, to provide all the lighting that a space needs – such as a corridor with a low ceiling for example – or they can be used in combination with other types of lighting, such as ceiling fixtures or floor lamps, to create layered lighting effects that add depth and dimension to the room.
What height should antique style and classic wall lights be installed?
The height at which antique style and classic wall lights should be installed will depend on several factors, including the specific design and style of the fixture, as well as the height of the ceiling and the intended use of the space. In general, though, wall lights should be installed at a height that allows the light to be directed where it’s needed most, while also creating a visually balanced and proportionate look in the room. For decorative or ambient lighting, antique style or classic wall lights can be installed at a slightly higher height, typically around five to six feet from the floor, to create a warm and inviting glow that fills the room.
For reading or task lighting, antique style or classic wall lights should be installed at a height that allows the light to be directed onto the reading material or work surface without causing glare or eye strain. This will typically be at or slightly above eye level when seated or standing, depending on the height of the person using the light.
How to install antique and classic wall lights
Installing antique and classic wall lights can be a great way to bring some vintage style into your home. If you’re planning to install these lights yourself, it’s important to follow the instructions carefully to ensure that you do it safely and correctly. Some wall lights that have a plug are generally easy to install, since there is no hard wiring required. But if the style you want is going to involve drilling into the wall and joining to mains power, then hiring a qualified electrician to do the job for you is the route that we recommend.
Our final thoughts
Antique style and classic wall lights are a great choice for many homes. Whether you’re looking to build on your vintage style, or you just want a subtle touch of yesteryear, there are plenty of styles and designs to suit At Lighting Direct, we offer a wide range of antique and classic wall lights to choose from, so you’re sure to find the perfect fit for your home. And with our Change Your Mind Guarantee, you can shop with confidence, knowing that you can return your purchase within 30 days for a refund or exchange. Start shopping our range today.