At What Ideal Height Should A Wall Light Be Placed?

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The wall lamp is experiencing a strong comeback in decoration. Surfing on the industrial wave, with in particular the success of wall lights with articulated arms, and the arrival of innovative and design products such as LED reading lights, this light has become almost essential in our interiors. Now ultra-trendy, the wall lamp is capable of covering all styles but also of diffusing very different lighting .

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Discreet or imposing, extremely simple or adjustable, it is the accent light par excellence that enhances the lighting of a room while adding a decorative touch. Positioning it well on the wall is essential to generate the desired amount of light and illuminate the targeted area. Be aware that the wall lamp has two functions: it can be used to obtain functional lighting or to create mood lighting. The height at which you attach it to the wall is determined by two essential factors: its destination room and its type of lighting. We will not place a wall lamp at the same height in a living room or a bedroom. Just as we will not orient it in the same way depending on the direction we want to give to the light, the luminosity we want to generate or the area we want to illuminate.
So comes the crucial question before getting started: at what ideal height should a wall light be placed? The standard indicates that, for a room with a standard ceiling height, the wall light must be fixed at 1.80 m from the floor. Please note that the standard is only an indication that you will need to adjust. As you will have understood, the volume and design of your wall light, your size, your expectations in terms of lighting and the space of the room are essential criteria to take into account when installing your wall lights. . Follow the leader.
It is often mistakenly thought that a wall lamp must always be positioned at two meters in height. Be aware, however, that the shape of the wall lights, classic or original, modify the usual heights of the wire outlets. To find out the ideal height at which to place your wall light, here is a precise memo of the possible heights depending on the type of wall light.


  • In a living room , for a standard ceiling height of 2.50 meters, the wall light should be approximately 1.80 meters from the floor. If the ceiling height reaches more than 2.80 meters, as is the case in the Haussmann buildings of 1900, you can arrange it at 2 meters.

  • In a bathroom , it is customary to place its wall lights with indirect lighting on either side of the mirror, about 1.80 meters high. For a vertical mixed wall lamp, prefer a height of 1.60 meters, more suited to the long shape of the luminaire.

  • In the bedroom , the reading lights are fixed between 1 meter and 1.20 meters in height, on either side of the head of the bed. For targeted lighting, opt for wall lights with an adjustable head that directly illuminate your book for optimal reading comfort.


The shape of wall lights has greatly diversified in recent years: we have seen the strong comeback of wall lights with articulated or multiple arms in the industrial style or the development of very graphic wall shapes, which obviously complicates the choice of the heights of wire outlets. In these cases, there is a rule to follow: take into account the height of the diffuser you want for the installation. Why ? Because these wall lights do not always have a wire outlet aligned with the height of the diffuser.


If the wall lamp you have chosen has a large stem or a very long arm, it can be used as overhead lighting. In this case, place the wire outlet at a height of 2.10 meters. For an industrial or vintage adjustable arm wall lamp in a living room, you can place it at about 1.80 meters for general lighting. If you intend it for a reading light function, prefer a height of 1.50 meters in height and to precisely illuminate a desk for example, a height of 1.30 meters will be ideal.


So eclectic, the wall lamp can find its place in all the rooms of the house. Indeed, the lighting diffused by a wall lamp is not limited to only targeted lighting. Effective for reading and working, but also very suitable for creating indirect or ambient lighting, the wall lamp turns out to be a luminaire with multiple faces and lighting.

  • For the living room, wall lights with indirect or mixed lighting create ambient lighting. The wall lamps provide a pleasant and diffuse contour light and are useful to illuminate a beautiful ceiling or to push it back visually thanks to the luminous flux. They are placed between 1.70 meters and 2 meters depending on the ceiling height of your interior.

  • To light a staircase, opt for a plated wall light so that you don't see the bulb under the light. In a staircase or a corridor, the wall lights are placed at a height of 1.80 meters and 1.50/2 meters apart depending on the length of your space. For a nice soft, illuminating light, choose an up or up and down light diffuser.

  • Around the bed, reading lights are the most suitable, especially when they are equipped with an adjustable head or arm. They are fixed to the wall between 1 meter and 1.20 meters from the ground, on each side of the headboard.