The best wall lights with plugs - part 1: black & brass


What does this image have to do with wall lights with plugs (or wall sconces with in-line switches if you’re posh or American or posh and American)?

I have this empty and slightly awkward narrow-but-tall stretch of wall next to the sofa, above the side table. In an ideal world I would have had it wired for a wall light when we renovated the ground floor, but as is often the case, our plans evolved as the renovation went along and it wasn’t until we finished I realised it was the perfect spot for a wall light.

So far I’ve tried 3 different table lamps in this space but they were all just a bit too…meh? Too short, too small, too underwhelming, looking a bit lost in this weird little corner or somehow just visually at odds with the height of the picture ledge.


The solution? A wall light with a plug - no messy wiring work, can be hung at any height and adds immediate interest (and light) to an awkward little space. And I quite like the laid-back look, the lack of formality of a cable hanging down. It’s the lighting equivalent of a few beautiful artworks just oh-so-casually propped up against a wall.

But when I toddled off to find the perfect pluggy-inny (technical term) wall light I discovered it’s actually pretty tough to find them without sifting through millions of wall lights that require hard-wiring - very few retailers have this as an option to filter results by. So, I’ve done the dirty work for you and here we go.

The best black and brass wall lights with plugs

P.S. In part 2 I’ll offer up my top picks in other colour-ways. Think muted army green, warm terracotta and white options alongside the classic grey.

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1. Madrid 1-Light Armed Sconce, Wayfair

2. Fitton Wall Light, Graham & Green

3. Pathson Wall Light, Amazon

4. Brass Effect Hanging Lamp In Frame, Rockett St George

5. Hector Wall Lamp, Dutchbone at Houseology

6. Pelle Sconce, West Elm

7. Lean Wall Lamp, Muuto at Clippings

8. Frosini Wall Light, MADE

9. NH Wall Light, Neri & Hu for Artemide at

10. Flexi Neck Swing Lamp, Spark & Bell

11. Journey SHY1 table and wall lamp by &tradition at Made In Design

12. Ray Wall Lamp by Mater at Cloudberry Living