Have you always wanted a light in your hallway (or anywhere for that matter), but there wasn’t any electrical hard wiring available? Today, we’re going to learn the trick of how to install a wireless ceiling light.
Whether you have a large or small home, own your home or have an apartment, creating the perfect lighting in a room can, at times, be a challenge. Maybe you can’t find the perfect fixture, or there’s isn’t a plug close to the area where you need a lamp, or maybe, like me, you need an overhead light, but there isn’t any hard wiring available in the ceiling. What’s a girl to do?
HOW TO INSTALL A WIRELESS CEILING LIGHT
You may be wondering, “Why would you need a ceiling light when you only have 400sf of living space?” Well, let me tell ya why. 😉 In My Wee Abode there is a tiny, unlit hallway that leads from the bedroom into the bathroom. The one and only closet in MWA (besides the closet I created in less than 30 Minutes) is located in that tiny hallway and has full-length mirrors for the doors. However, often times I cannot use those mirrors for lack of lighting.
See here… the light into the hallway gets blocked by the bathroom doorway and the overhanging beam blocks the light from the bedroom. So, even when you have a small home or tiny house, additional overhead lighting can be an issue.
(Yes, it looks bright and airy now, but not at 6am or 7pm! 😉 )
Let’s talk about a few options for this dim dilemma. First, you could ignore it (like I did for over 2 years) and just live with the occasional irritation of looking into a gloomy mirror. Or, you could spend a small fortune and hire an electrician to cut open the drywall and hard wire the area for a standard ceiling light. ORRR, you could hack a standard overhead fixture and learn how to install a WIRELESS ceiling light! For me, option number three was a no-brainer because it was do-able, affordable, easy, versatile (I could use just about any style of fixture) and removable. Remember, when you live in an apartment or rental home, as I do, you need to be able to put things back the way you found them for when/if you move out (unless your landlord loves the upgrades as much as you do!).
For another easy and affordable lighting solution, take a look at my Small Space Coffee Station!
The ‘magic light’ first came across my path about 2 years ago when I was reading a post on the Sarah Joy Blog. She shared how she had learned (from a blog SHE was following) how to create a ‘magic light’. She used this trick on two gooseneck barn sconces that she used in her reading nook. Eureka! I had found the answer to my dark hallway problem. Thanks for the inspiration, Sarah! (BTW, take a look at Sarah’s blog… it’s just lovely!)
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What You Will Need
- Ceiling light, aka flush-mount light, of your choice (I chose a farmhouse style light, but you can use this “hack” on just about any style of lighting fixture… classic, modern, mid-century modern, cottage, shabby chic… skies-the-limit)
- LED Puck Light
- Remote for Puck Light
- Plastic sheeting or coated poster board (This may be optional… read on)
- A round object for stencil
- Command Strips for Pictures, medium or small (You can also use double sided Velcro that has adhesive)
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Mounting supplies (drill, screwdriver)
(NOTE: Originally I use corrugated plastic, as shown in my photos, but it was too rigid. I ended up using a piece of coated poster board I found at Michael’s.)
What To Do
Here are the steps to create a farmhouse style (or any style) ceiling light that doesn’t require hard wiring, but DOES have a remote!
Hacking the Ceiling Light
- Using rubbing alcohol, clean the inside of the fixture, the back of the puck, and both sides of the plastic sheet.
- In order for the puck light to adhere to the fixture, you will be using the Command Strips. However, on this fixture, the socket protruded just a wee bit too much and there wasn’t anything for the puck to attach to. If you find you have the same issue, using a round plate as a stencil, cut out a piece of the coated poster board to fit the inside of the fixture.
- Following the instructions on the Picture Command Strips (PCS) box, attach two pairs of PCS to one side of the plastic sheeting and then attach the sheeting to the light fixture, making sure to center the plastic. Press down for thirty seconds and then remove the plastic sheet. You should now have PCS on both the light fixture and the plastic sheet. Remember, follow those instructions on the PCS box.
- Next, add one set of PCS to the back of the puck light (be sure not to cover any important info on the light).
- If you followed the directions on the PCS box, your plastic sheet should be detached from the fixture. Turn the sheet to the side that doesn’t have the PCS on it. Center the puck light on that side and attach it to the plastic sheeting… follow the PCS box instructions (Have I said that enough?).
- Wait one hour for all the Command Strips to set. (This is a great time to install the mounting bracket to the ceiling. Again, read on.)
- After the Command Strips have set, assemble the light.
Installing the Light Fixture
To mount the light fixture to the ceiling, simply remove any hardware from the mounting bracket that may not be needed (I had to remove two screws that were not important). Then, simply attach the bracket to the ceiling (I used a drill, one anchor, and a screw). Now you can attach your ceiling light to the bracket (I left the ceiling light wiring attached to the fixture, in case I ever want to use it the ‘real’ way.) If you want more instructions on how to mount the bracket and light fixture, let me know in the comments.
Remote Control Magic Ceiling Light
For obvious reasons, a magic ceiling light needs to have a remote that acts like a switch on the wall. Simply take another set of PCS and attach it to the remote and then to the wall (again, follow those PCS instructions on the box… I guess I haven’t said it enough 😉 ). There’s only one trick to making the remote work with the puck light… be sure that the sensor on the puck light is ‘facing’ the remote. Other than that, all you have to do is remove the plastic insert on the remote and push the power button. Voila!
Here’s a close-up.
And here is some perspective on what it looks like in the actual hallway.
And here it is, complete and ready to light up my life!
Originally, I was going to use a sconce version of this light on the wall (kinda like the one that Sarah used in her reading nook). I purchased it and brought it home, but when I held it up on the wall to see how I liked it, it just looked WAY too cluttered. This small hallway needed the ‘flush mount’ light to keep the light and airy look that I love. What do you think?
Close-up of my new farmhouse wireless ceiling light.
I think I may seal around the edge of the plastic liner with some glue, just to finish it off even more. But, frankly, unless you’re looking at a close-up photo like this, you can’t see the seam. (Can you see the sensor on the puck light? It’s facing towards the remote.)
Here it is turned on in the dark.
Crazy that there is no hard wire, huh? All you (I) have to do is replace the batteries. I LOVE IT!
What About You?
Quick, easy, versatile, affordable, and lovely, this magic ceiling light hack was the perfect solution for my little loft apartment. And this trick can be used on just about any lighting fixture. Do you need to add some light to an area in your home that doesn’t have any wiring in the walls? Maybe a reading nook, or in a bedroom that doesn’t have enough room for a side table lamp, or maybe on the wall in the dining room… so many possibilities!
What do you think? Is this something that YOU will be adding to your home? Let me know in the comments, or feel free to share a photo with me on Facebook. Also, let me know if you have any questions or want more info!