have gone by many names over the years including wall candles, wall candle sconces, wall lights and so forth. These light sources started out as flames from fire before eventually becoming the electric versions we know and love today.
The very first wall sconces are thought to have been wooden torches that featured a rag wrapped around one end. The rag was often soaked in something flammable, such as oil or animal fat.
When it was lit, it would produce not only a very bright light, but also a small amount of heat, which was ideal at the time—especially during a cold winter’s night. Plus, they could be used both indoors and outdoors, which added to their versatility. Unfortunately, these early variations of the wall sconce proved to be quite dangerous, as they could quite easily catch fire, spread fire and cause death and destruction.
Eventually, people discovered that they could create candles made from beeswax (or other materials,) which removed large, uncontrolled flames from the home and made them safer yet still allowed them to remain functional. Over the years, candles were transformed into gas light fixtures and eventually, the wall sconce became electric.
Though the earliest versions tended to be the least decorative, as wall sconce technology advanced, people focused more on appearance and decor. This lead to the creation of wall candles and wall sconces that featured decorative tile or the incorporation of precious metals into the designs.
Today, not only are wall sconces safer and just as functional, but they also come in a wide array of choices to suit just about every taste. So no matter if you’re looking for a modern wall sconce or a traditional one, you’ll find the perfect sconce for your home.
Wall sconces have always been about function, but modern versions are also about visual aesthetics and complimenting the decor of a room. Not only does this particular wall sconce add to the decor of the room, it also adds general ambient lighting and can quickly and easily double as a reading light next to a comfortable arm chair.