Outdoor Wall Sconces
Used for patio and egress lighting as well as landscape illumination, outdoor wall sconces direct light either upward or downward. They require the use of walls or columns for support and are typically installed 3/4 of the length upward on the supporting wall or column as measured from the floor. The optimal space between sconces on walls is considered to be equidistant of the sconces' placement above the floor or ground. Light emitting diodes (LEDs) first received widespread commercial use in outdoor lighting applications and are becoming more popular in outdoor wall sconces due to their long service life, low energy usage, durability and suitability for use in inclement weather conditions. Today's latest outdoor wall sconces are known as "Dark Sky Lights," reducing light pollution, light trespass and glare while improving visibility over prior legacy fixtures. Not to be overlooked is the use of photovoltaic and motion sensors to further lower energy usage and increase lamp service lamp. But the homeowner need not be limited to LED technology; fluorescent and even filament based lighting platforms such as halogen and halogen infrared reflecting (HIR) lamps may be considered for outdoor use. Other factors to weigh include glass types such as "seeded glass," a clear or translucent glass that combines the semblance of small air bubbles and "umber glass," which diffuses light with a golden or creamy hue while creating an alluring ambiance. Both glass types need but infrequent cleaning, enhancing their use for outdoor applications.