The Best Way to Light Up a Hallway

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The best way to light up a hallway requires you to consider safety above all else. Find out about the best way to light up a hallway with help from an interior designer in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Sharon McCormick, owner of Sharon McCormick Design. The topic of this video is the best way to light up a hallway. When lighting a hallway there are two things you need to consider, safety first. We need to light up the entire path that you would walk on the hallway. The second thing we need to consider is of course, decor. I like to create a ribbon in my lighting with a fixture every eight feet or so. I love to use decorative fixtures, either semi flush mounts or mini chandeliers or even full size chandeliers if the height of the hallway counts for it. The lighting in a hallway particularly one that would be used by guests should pertain to the lighting in the rest of the rooms surrounding it. If it's a hallway say between a dining room and a living room, the decor would be much more formal than a hallway just adjoining the kid's bedrooms. In a hallway we 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 are walking through. Many of my clients use hallways as family photo galleries. We use accent lighting to play this up. They can either be battery operated but are much easier to use if they are hardwired. 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, we can use simple recessed lighting to create the pathway. This is Sharon McCormick from I'd like to thank Connecticut Lighting for allowing us to use their showroom which you can visit virtually at


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