There is no need to fret over a dark corner of your home. Meet the future with solar and battery-operated lighting without wires, cords, or plugs.
Long gone are the days when living in a flat or a home with dim lighting was okay, and there was not much you can do about it, if you were unwilling to shell out a lot of cash to rewire your home to improve your lighting options.
So, if you have zero interest in calling on an electrician to tear your home down for a new electrical system, here are 11 renter-friendly ways to light your home without plugs or hard wiring to brighten a dark room or add a more welcoming ambient lighting into your space. The good thing about it all is that any lazy renter or DIY expert can enjoy these effortless lighting options.
Whether you are dealing with a living room with faraway or no plugs in sight for you to add a table lamp or a floor lamp, a dingy bathroom with hideous lighting in your rental apartment, or a kitchen with limited natural light and no under-cabinet lighting, there is a solution for you.
Scroll down to find out how to light your space according to your specific condition.
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1. Puck Lights
Battery operated puck lights, with a remote control, are great lighting sources that you can use to DIY an old table lamp or wall sconces whose electrical wires or plugs are no longer working. In this case, all you need to do is to glue the puck light where the original light bulb of an old lamp or wall sconce used to be placed and voila!
You could cut off the old electrical wires or if you have the space for it, you could simply roll up the wires and secure them to the back of the wall sconce or the desk lamp.
Battery operated and rechargeable puck lights are great ways to save energy, especially if you use them every single day to light up your entry hallway, your living room, or the dining room. They make for really beautiful ambient lighting when you pair them in symmetrical wall sconces or table lamps, as they save you the hassle of hardwiring.
2. Motion Sensor Strip Lighting
People generally use rechargeable LED motion sensor strip lighting or an LED motion sensor light bar to light the under cabinets in their kitchen, their walk-in closets, their wardrobes, or the bathrooms.
Rechargeable strip lights and motion senor light bars can work wonders in a variety of settings. They are also available in different warm to cool tones and multicoloured shades.
As a general rule of thumb, source a strip light or a motion sensor light bar in the exact same colour as your general lighting, so the entire home feels cohesive and well designed.
Try to use different light colours in your home sparingly. What this means is that wherever you can, avoid having far too many different light shades in your room.
You might have come across homes where your chandelier has a one light colour, your recessed lighting and your wall sconces are of two different colours. In the same room the table lamps are of entirely different shade. Over time the different light colours within the very same room can actually cause more fatigue to your eyes.
One of the designers’ hacks I learned is to figure out what the colour of your favourite light fixture in the home is. Use that fixture’s light colour temperature and lumens level to determine the rest of the lighting in your home
Warm yellow lights can be great for people who love to light candles and who genuinely have great eyesight and love the colour of candlelight. You can mimic that colour throughout your home by using lighting sources between 2500 and 2800 kilowatts.
If you are older and your eyesight is not as good as in your younger days, it might be worth considering having slightly brighter lights at home between 3000 and 3200 kilowatts.
Anything brighter than that may appear a little bit too cool for your home, especially if you still light candles and you would like the look of the candlelight to match the general lighting of your home.
3. Table Lamp with USB Port
Forget about wasting your life trying to figure out how to buy cables to get to the next socket in your home. Invest instead in a stylish rechargeable table lamp that you can easily move around your home without worrying about figuring out where the next socket is. This type of table lamp comes with a USB port, making it very easy to recharge the affordable LED light bulb you need to buy to bring it to life. Nowadays, they come in various styles and finishes from aged brass to black, silver, vintage pottery, and a myriad of different colours to suit your home aesthetic.
4. No Plug Light
A no plug light is exactly as it sounds is a light fixture that you don’t need to plug in at all. It comes with its own recharging capabilities. It might have a USB port where you can recharge the entire fixture. You don’t need to change any bulbs out; it’s really just one and done. The benefit of this lighting system is that you don’t have to deal with purchasing a third-party light fixture, and you don’t have to deal with something that you’re reusing on your own.
You might have an outdoor space that you want to light, a dark corner, a small closet, or maybe even a pantry that could benefit from a little bit more lighting, and all you will need to do in these cases is to simply mount one of these really lightweight no plug lights right onto the wall. You can even use double stick tape or a no hassle command strip to proceed with your no plug light especially if you’re a renter.
5. Battery-Operated Candlelight
If you fancy lighting your space in a really moody and vibey way without the safety hazards associated with real candles , battery operated candles are fabulous options to go for.
Their flameless lights flicker to look like real candles’ flames to illuminate a dining table, a side table, or a bathroom spot in your home in a surprisingly pleasant way.
So next time you need to light a hurricane or a votive, look for battery operated tea lights, pillar lights or tapered candles to add a little bit of a soothing ambiance into your space
6. Battery-Operated Chandelier
Glamming up a living room or even a bedroom with a chandelier is a very sophisticated way to elevate a space. If you are a home renter or simply want a faster lighting option, a battery operated LED chandelier is worth considering
Mind you, the battery operated styles and options are not as many as the more traditional chandeliers that need hard wiring, but they are still great options for small rooms in your home like walk-in closets, small guest rooms, and the laundry room. The rechargeable chandelier light works exactly as a regular light bulb, which makes it more cost effective to install and manage.
Each bulb comes with its own port for you to recharge it using a USB cable. look for rechargeable light bulbs with smart technology so that you can connect it to your Alexa app and control all of your lighting with a simple command wherever you are in your home.
7. Wall Mounted Night Lights
Wall mounted motion sensor night lights in your home without the need for plugs or hard wiring is probably one of the simplest methods to add lightweight, compact lighting on dark stairs, a corridor or a long hallway with dim lighting.
You can easily put the night lights in a secession or at every two to three feet intervals to light a dark path. Alternatively, if you often use the bathroom at night, you might want a night light in the toilet area so that you don’t have to turn on the general bathroom lighting every time you head to your wet room. Think about creative ways in which you can add this type of ambient lighting into your space that is functional and stylish.
8. Battery-Operated Wall Sconces
Gone are the days when you needed to sweat over complicated electrical wiring systems to install stunning wall sconces. Now, all you need to do is to invest in superb rechargeable wall sconces that you can install with only a few tiny screws or command strips, if you are a renter. Many recharge wall sconces are dimmable and come with remote controls or motion sensors for added convenience.
9. String Globe Lights
Infuse a touch of warmth and festive spirit into a bedroom, your backyard or the patio with string globe lights. Since they rely on AA batteries to lighten up, they will effortlessly work anywhere, no hard wire, cord, or plug is required. You can easily turn your string globe lights on and off, and vary the lighting sequence by using the remote control that generally comes with this type of lighting.
10. Wireless Picture Light
Showcase your wall painting or vertical wall art gallery with sophisticated wireless picture lighting. Their sleek and elegant finishes in antique brass, silver, and black will draw attention to your wall decor, making it look more sophisticated.
The good thing about it all is that wireless picture lights are reasonably affordable and easy to install with command strips or just a few screws with no electrical wires, making them ideal for renters and homeowners alike. You have great freedom to easily remove them and install new ones to decorate your walls as you please.
11. String Fairy Lights
Battery-operated or solar garden fairy lights are wonderful lighting options to decorate your Christmas tree, an indoor spot in your home, an outdoor garden, and a child’s or teenager’s bedroom.
They add cosiness, a touch of vibrancy, and playfulness into any space. They are easy to install, remove, and tuck away as and when you need them throughout the year.