Lighting Solution: Battery Operated Sconces

By Kate Riley

Hello and Happy New Year! My holiday was relaxing, I joined some friends for a glass of Prosecco then was in my pajamas by ten on the couch. I think the holiday can be fun in warm weather climates but it’s been raining so much here all I wanted was to stay indoors.

Easing back into regular content, you can expect more of the same from me this year. More space reveals, DIY projects, resource roundups, travel stories, and other reflections on life thrown into the mix. I’m headed back to Florida at the end of the week to ready the house for a tenant. We are renting the house from the middle of January through May so I need to finish up a few projects before that happens. While our family was at the house during Thanksgiving, I remodeled the electric fireplace and added woven chairs and a coffee table to the living room. The sofa will arrive next week.

For the walls I wanted wall sconces but I didn’t want to pay an electrician to come out and install boxes for wired fixtures at this time. Instead I opted for battery operated wall sconces to give the space just a little extra lighting for reading at night or sitting by the fire.


I was surprised how much I liked the fabric ones I ordered, they are a half cylinder linen finish with a remote control and several light settings, warm, cool, etc. They also have timer settings so they’ll turn off whenever I program them to. Their minimalist style blends in with the off white wall, when they’re off, they don’t draw attention so they’re perfect for this space.

You can find plenty of plug in sconces for walls but I didn’t want to look at wires so the only option short of adding wires was to purchase battery operated sconces and thankfully there are a lot more choices now.


modern wood rechargeable  /  wood & black (set of two)

black arch (set of two) also in bronze / brass picture light with remote

rechargeable magnetic light

The lights below come in sets of two, operated by a single remote control. So if you’re looking to add extra light to a bedroom, hall, living room, kid’s room, dining room, office, garage, just about anywhere, consider these battery operated wall sconces for your home.

black and gold gooseneck / wood + green (multiple colors)

white gooseneck / brass torchiere / black gooseneck

modern wood & white  /  black & brass   /  brass cylinder

If you’re not in love with those styles, consider hanging a sconce designed to be hardwired where there is no electrical source, and using battery operated remote control bulbs. Be sure to double check the interior of the sconce to ensure the battery operated bulbs will fit inside!

for example: pottery barn shaded sconces + remote control battery bulbs


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