During Victorian era and prior to this era, the common people's humble lighting requirements encompassed candles, oil lamps and fireplaces lit by wood. Common masses used candles and lanterns to light their homes. The lighting was restricted to night, the medieval period had no luxury to have lights in the daytime. The oil lanterns would be lighted after sunset. Elite class were the ones who used decorative candelabras and sconces to light their mansions.
Sconces were mounted on walls and could be held with hands too. Mostly chandeliers and fixed on ceilings to illuminate the bottom space. There are however some rare instances of sconces mounted on ceiling.
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