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Sconces, Sconces, Sconces

Sconces are a great way to add splashes of light in unobtrusive ways, as well as unique decorative touches in key places. There is perhaps the largest selection of design choices in sconces to fit every possible lighting theme or design.

Sconces come in all sizes, allowing you to place them where they can provide accent light, or even be the main lighting source in a room. Typically, they are placed approximately two-thirds of the way up a wall; above eye level, but not too high to where the distribution of light is affected. Sconces come in all sizes, allowing you to place them where they can provide accent light, or even be the main lighting source in a room . . . Place sconces around a room for decorative touches, over the furniture for task lighting, in a stairwell for safety purposes, or on a balcony. Be sure to choose lower-watt bulbs or to install a dimmer switch. Located on a wall, sconces tend to draw your eyes more in their direction, and if too bright of a bulb is used, it can be glaring and blinding.

Sconces can consist of one light bulb all the way to four bulbs in one sconce. Because they are so commonly used as accent pieces, there is a tremendous selection of different styles, finishes and colors. You can choose anything from an ornately carved antique brass candle with frosted glass to a brass pineapple.

Sconces can be used both indoors and out. They are also competitively priced, some as inexpensive as $17.

It is always recommended that a licensed professional install electrical fixtures, but if you are up to tackling the job yourself, there are few important tips to keep in mind. It is important to carefully follow all directions included with the fixture. Turn off all power before beginning, and be sure to do it at the electrical panel. You will notice a white, black, and copper grounding wire both in the box in the wall and on the new fixture. The black is connected to the black, the white to the white, and the grounds are connected together. If wired correctly, the black wire will always be the hot wire and the white neutral.

Not only is electrical installation dangerous, but if done incorrectly, it can lead to potential fire danger. It is definitely safer to simply hire a professional electrical contractor to install your new fixtures.

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