A sconce – is a type of light fixture affixed to a wall in such a way that it uses only the wall for support, and the light is usually directed upwards, but not always. It does not have a base on the ground. The word applies both to traditional forms of torchlighting, but also to modern gas and electric light sources affixed in the same way. Modern electric light fixture sconces are often used in hallways or corridors to provide both lighting and a point of interest in a long passage.