Hallway Lighting Tips For The Home

Hallway Lighting Tips

By Clarissa Allison | February 3rd, 2017

A well lit hallway is an important element for any modern home. The right lighting can transform your hallway from a dark and foreboding cave to an expansive and stylish transitional space.

There are a multitude of lighting fixtures available today to suit a variety of personal styles and budgets. We’ve compiled a short list of pointers to remember when thinking about lighting your hallway. Hallway fixtures can include wall sconces, flush mount ceiling lights, pendant lights and even led strip lighting. Read on for some helpful hallway lighting placement tips. You can also click the photos to be brought to our website and browse recommended fixtures for hallway lighting.

Sometimes a hallway’s narrow dimensions or architecture doesn’t allow for wall sconces, but you can splurge on a dramatic pendant light if the ceiling is high enough. Be sure to measure both the light fixture itself as well as your floor to ceiling height before purchasing a pendant for your hallway. If a pendant is too long, try a flush-mounted ceiling light instead.
A good rule of thumb is to hang a pendant light 8 feet above the floor. In addition to making sure your very tall Uncle Ted doesn’t bump his head on the light, also mind whether you have have doors in the way that swing out toward the fixture. Even so, don’t be afraid to install a dramatic light fixture in this area to make a memorable statement for your home.

Hallway Lighting Tips
Another option for hallways with low ceilings is to install recessed ceiling light fixtures. This creates additional flexibility — especially important for children and adults who often visit the bathroom at night. The ceiling-mounted fixtures can also be set up on a dimmer control system to allow for navigation that does not disturb the remainder of the household.
Hallway Lighting Tips
Wall sconces are a design tool as well as a visual cue. We gauge our location as well as our destination by following “mile markers” within our line of sight. A trail of wall sconces can be used to pinpoint doorways as well. As always, one must measure the dimensions of the wall sconce and the width of the hallway to ensure that the sconce will not jut out too far.
Hallway Lighting Tips
Cove lighting technique that directs light toward the ceiling from one or more sides of a room to diffuse illumination. Cove lighting is found in ledges, recesses, ceiling valences and high on walls. This type of indoor lighting is popular because the fixture itself cannot be seen, creating a dramatic effect. The light can then be directed either up toward the ceiling or down creating a wall washing effect. Applications of cove lighting are often found in hallways in contemporary settings. One of the ways it can be achieved is with LED strip lighting or tape lights, available on our site HERE.
Hallway Lighting Tips

If your hallway is also an art gallery, consider picture lighting. Picture lights are typically wall-mounted fixtures created to beautifully illuminate individual artworks. Characteristically used with very low-wattage lamps, they provide a relationship with a piece of art, as well as allowing you to view details of the work up close and personal. In addition to their obvious function, picture lights are also decorative fixtures. On Louie Lighting, you’ll find a great selection of attractive and subtle picture lights to choose from. Line voltage and low voltage options, fixtures that mount directly to the painting’s frame, track lights, as well as energy saving fixtures are all available. Contact a lighting designer with experience in lighting artwork to avoid glare and ensure that artwork is not damaged.

Entry points and pathways within the home typically require nothing more than ambient or general lighting, unless there are focal points you wish to highlight, such as artwork or architectural details that need additional accent lighting. If you have a small hallway it may be sufficiently lighted by a single ceiling-mounted or recessed fixture. In contrast, a hallway with vaulted ceilings or a staircase may require a chandelier with lighting controls at both the bottom and top of the stairs, step lights, AND accent lighting.

TIP: Ambient lighting for entryways and stairways should be 1,200-4,000 lumens; ambient lighting for a hallway should be between 1,200-2,500 lumens.

Thanks for reading this week’s blog! We hope you’ve found some helpful tips on lighting the hallway of your home or business. Don’t hesitate to contact us at 1877 385 2104 with any questions. The Louie Lighting Team wishes you and yours a safe and happy weekend.

Hallway Lighting Tips


  1. says

    Thanks, Clarrisa for your valuable tips.Your tips are really helpful to understand the importance of hallway lighting.Hallway lighting improves visibility and safety.Attractive hallway lighting that is strategically placed can greatly improve your home’s curb appeal.
    Hallway lighting creates a pleasant ambiance when properly applied, allowing people to be comfortable and relaxed. Instead of just illuminating the area where people will be gathering, consider placing subtle lighting around your entire yard so that you don’t feel like you’re under a spotlight and surrounded by darkness.

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