The lighting in a home can say a lot about the style of the people living in the home. While people looking for modern wall lighting might not think of using a wall sconce, as these have been around for many years, there's still a place for them in the modern home depending on the design of the light chosen. A white ceramic ribbon wall sconce, for example, fits in with a modern style more than one made to look like candles in a brass candle holder.
A wall sconce is typically used in hallways or corridors. They tend to direct the light toward the ceiling, but can also be used to highlight a decoration on the wall. These days, it's possible to purchase sconces that direct light in any direction desired. These wall lights can also serve as decorative features in their own right with all the different styles currently available. Spreading these lights around your home and allowing them to be independently turned on or off can help you control the overall location and amount of light in a room, thus potentially limiting the amount of electricity used. Electricity use can be limited even further by choosing battery-powered versions of these lights. The battery-powered versions of these lights can be particularly helpful if the power goes out, as you won't be limited to candles and flashlights for your lighting and will be able to use some of the normal lighting available in the home.
A wall sconce from a company such as Maxim lighting or Jeremiah lighting can be purchased in more modern or more traditional designs. They come in bronze, chrome, nickel, silver or gold and can be made to look like candle holders or even lights with a more typical lamp shade. This type of lighting is great for those who want their lighting to add to the overall design of the room, rather than just having a functional but boring overhead light. Searching through the many available types of these light fixtures will allow you to find one that suits your style and that of the room where the light is going to be placed.