Height of sconces above a fireplace mantel

bostonhomeNovember 7, 2009

My electrician needs to know how high I want to place my sconces on the wall above my fireplace. I haven't bought a mantel yet, so I'm not sure what the height of that will be. Is there a standard height for placement of sconces above a mantel? I have a two-family and need to decide for both units. The ceiling heights are 9.5 ft and 8.5 ft.

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Location of sconces depends on many things. The mantel height, if combustible material, must meet the code for clearance to the firebox and this differs with how far out the mantel projects. You must know mantel height first. Next is figuring out what goes on and above the mantel. You need to leave room for wall hangings and objects sitting on the mantel. Everything needs to be in proper proportions.

You can stall till finding out more from your interior designer by asking the electrician to tack some boxes at a best guess location and leave the wires a few feet longer than they need to be so that you can adjust later.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2009 at 1:13PM
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