Candle Lanterns and Wall Candle Sconces

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                                                              Candle Lanterns and Wall Candle Sconces

     Sconce is a fancy word for “wall light.”  Sconce defined is, a wall bracket that is used to hold a lamp, candle, or light source.   In days of old, wrought iron sconces held torches; later brass brackets held candelabra.

Candle sconces are categorized by the two directions of light they cast.

  1. Upward light, cast light upward.
  2. Downward light, cast light downward.   And cast a diffused light.

You will need to determine the proper height for your sconce.

A candle Lantern is a practical solution to emergency lighting and for camping.  There are some drawbacks, however.  Wall candle sconces have open flames, which can easily set things on fire.  They can be blown out by the wind.

Historically, candle sconces were often made of silver or brass from the 17th century, with porcelain and ormolu coming in the 18th century.  The candle flame was also intensified by a reflecting backplate.  Using brackets, the candle would be kept a safe distance from the wall.

You have different Styles of wall candle lanterns and sconces to choose from:


Existing in or as part of a tradition; long established.  An example of traditional, is a formal style of   furniture that does not change with fads or the seasons.  Something is done according to a tradition that has been done that way for a while.

Traditions are ways of doing things that have been passed down through the generations.  Handed  down from age to age like traditional history, song, or story.

Shabby Chic:

Style of interior design, where furniture and furnishings chosen for their appearance of age and signs of  wear and tear, where new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique.  Also, at the same time, a soft cottage-style décor effect emphasized to differentiate it from genuine period décor.

Modern Contemporary:     

Relating to present and recent time.  Not ancient or remote.  Not antiquated or obsolete.

Rustic Farmhouse:

Rustic Outdoor Wall sconces, with clean modern lines and a classic old bronze finish.  Relating to the countryside; rural.  Made in a plain and simple fashion.  A design emphasis on rugged, natural beauty.  It embraces nature-inspired textures, simple and Earthy colors, and ultimately an unpretentious, organic warmth.

Farmhouse and Rustic style furniture both highlight the natural elements.  Create the pieces with   exposed beams, stains to enhance the wood, and allow the natural marks in the wood to be seen.

Always use candle sconces safely.  Using wall mounted candle holders or candle holder sconces adds a beautiful home décor and can be artwork by themselves.  An attractive way to make a statement.  Wall sconces are versatile fixtures that can also function as accent lights for dining rooms, reading nooks, mudrooms, and porches.  No, they are not outdated.  The term ‘sconce’ is considered old maybe.

Wall sconce originated from the Tiki torches and the old burning torches that were hung on the walls in medieval times.  Modern sconces have come a long way from being a raging fireball on a stick.  And one of the most popular ways to use sconces is as accent lighting.  Whether you wish to highlight a lovely work of art or you wish to turn an architectural feature into the focal point of the room, sconces get the task done with effortless elegance.

As a rule of thumb, wall sconces are installed between 60” – 70” from the finished floor.  Depending on the layout of your house, you can also install multiple fixtures down your hallway.  When it comes to horizontal spacing sconces are traditionally 6’ apart.