The Stratus single-light sconce from Hampton Bay, The Home Depot’s house brand, offers an inoffensive design and a very attractive price—$16.50. Made from steel and featuring a brushed nickel finish, it comes with an energy-efficient GU24 compact fluorescent bulb and can be used as an up- or down-light. www.homedepot.com.
Priced at $50, the 9021 Seaside outdoor sconce from Kichler Lighting is perfect for a cottage near the water. It’s made from aluminum and stainless steel and is 7½ inches long and 6 inches wide. www.lightinguniverse.com.
If you can find a cooler and simpler light for less than the Melodi pendant, buy it. If not, investigate this one. The light measures 11 inches in diameter and 10 inches long. It’s made from PVC, polypropylene, and polycarbonate plastic, and costs a mind-blowing $9.99. www.ikea.com.
The Nuvo outdoor/indoor caged light is perfect for loft projects or when you want something that has an industrial aesthetic. Priced at about $38, the die-cast aluminum light measures about 9½ inches long and 4¼ inches wide and comes in six colors. www.nuvolighting.com.
Yes, we know this schoolhouse light from World Imports is $2 over our budget of $50, but the appeal of the classic piece of Americana is worth the extra bills. Measuring 10 inches by 12 inches, it features a frosted glass shade and chrome fittings. www.worldimportsdesigns.com.
We admit that $30 is a lot to pay for a light bulb, but the Plumen 001 is the world’s first designer, low-energy light bulb. Unlike the typical designer fluorescent fixture with tight swirls, this one has a more fluid form, but it will still save your buyers up to 80% on energy bills. www.plumen.com.
Though it’s made from steel and paper, this unassuming pendant light would fit right in with a modern, entry-level home or condo. It measures 14 inches wide and costs $24. www.adessohome.com.
Priced at about $41, this Forte Lighting bathroom wall sconce features a satin opal glass shade and chrome fittings. It measures 11½ inches long and 4½ inches wide. The product only uses a 60-watt bulb, so remember to install two—one on either side of the mirror. www.fortelighting.com.
With its flared-glass diffuser, Sea Gull Lighting’s Gladstone bath sconce is perfect for buyers who prefer a more traditional design. The unit measures 9 inches long and 6½ inches wide, and costs $34. It uses one 100-watt A19 bulb. www.seagulllighting.com.