Best Ways to Light Up a Hallway

When lighting the hallway, there are some things you need to consider. First, you need to light up the entire path that you would walk in the hallway. The second thing you need to consider is, of course, decor.


You may like to create a rhythm in your lighting with a fixture every eight feet or so. Also, you may use decorative fixtures, either semi-flush mounts, many chandeliers or even full-size chandeliers if the height of the hallway accounts for it.

The lighting in the hallway, particularly one that will be used by guests, should pertain to the lighting in the rest of the room surrounding it. If it’s a hallway, say, between a dining room and a living room, the decor will be much more formal than a hallway just adjoining the kid’s bedrooms.

Wall Sconces

In a wider hallway, you have the opportunity to use wall sconces. Try to keep the depth of them to under five inches so that nobody bumps into them when they’re walking through.

Accent Lighting

Many people use hallways as family photo galleries. You can use accent lighting to play this up. They can either be battery operated but are much easier to use if they’re hardwired.

Track Lighting

Another way to highlight the artwork is by using track lighting. This is not the old fashioned track lighting that you may be thinking of. Today’s track lighting has beautiful heads that swivel and rotate so that you can focus the light on any picture that you’d like to track. Heads can be made out of Murano glass, chrome, bronze or any other type of material that you’d like to use that keeps with the theme of your home.

Of course, in just a utilitarian hallway, you can use simple recess lighting to create a pathway. Contact us for more hallway lighting options.