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Have you ever really needed a lamp in a place there is no outlet nearby?
Yeah, me too! Sometimes, you just need a cordless table lamp.
A couple of years ago, we decided to rearrange some furniture and living spaces in our home. Our dining area became our sitting area, and vice versa. It just fit our lifestyle a lot better to have a large sitting area attached to our kitchen instead of a huge 8′ round table that is rarely used.
I love the way it turned out and we use it so much more, but there was one problem.
The sitting area is where my favorite chair is. It’s where I sit in the mornings to have coffee and do my devotional. It’s where I sit late at night when I can’t sleep and I want to read, so I need a lamp. Since this is where the dining area originally was, we didn’t add a floor plug. Also, the nearest wall is a wall of french doors, which means no outlets.
In order to plug in a lamp it would have to stretch across the floor into the next room, and obviously, that won’t work. I desperately needed a cordless table lamp.
So, for 2 years, I have grieved that I don’t have a lamp beside my chair.
I even researched battery operated lamps, and no such luck. The only ones I found were very small and awful looking.
A few months ago, my sweet friend Jessica, aka Itty Bitty Farmhouse posted a DIY project for “simple DIY lighting”. She needed wall lights for her office and didn’t want to have to wire the lighting so she came up with this brilliant idea!!
I knew it was a bit different than what I was needing, but I thought maybe I could adjust it just a bit and see if I could make a cordless table lamp.
So, here’s what I did…….
You want to screw the handy outlet into your lamp socket. This provides place for the puck light to attach to.
For my project I had to use 2 puck lights attached togther. The reason for this, is if I just use 1 light attached to the handy outlet, the puck light would be facing up toward the ceiling and it wouldn’t produce enough light. I needed a puck light facing downward, so I attached 2 together. 1 faces upward and the other downward.
The puck lights come with an adhesive circle, so I used 1 of those to attach the lights together.
Then I attached the other adhesive circle to the top of one of the lights. Yes, it will cover some of the light, but that was the only way to make this work and have a light facing downward.
Stick the adhesive circle to the handy outlet on you lamp. Now, you have a light facing up and another facing down.
Lastly, attach your lamp shade, and voila’, you have light!!
You may want to cut the electrical cord off your lamp unless there is a good way to hide it. You won’t need it on this lamp, unless you decide you want to plug this lamp in another location, at some point.
Be sure and order the puck lights with a remote, because this is how you will turn your lamp on and off.
This was a super easy project, and I love how it turned out.
If you have an area where you need a lamp and don’t have a plug, you should definitely give it a try.
Another inexpensive option for a lamp is to use a lamp you already have that might not be working, since you will be cutting the cord off anyway. Or, you can shop at a thrift store and buy a used lamp for a fraction of what a new one would cost.
I hope you found this DIY helpful! Be sure and pop over to Itty Bitty Farmhouse blog and see how Jessica did this project. You can see it here.
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