In my constant quest to finally finish my living room, I flew a few minutes here and there from my attention to the guest room to finish some final projects in the living room. The other day I bought this floor lamp at Target to switch between the purple chairs.
I loved the lamp, but because it hung between two chairs that did not stand against a wall, and I went several times a day to go from the living room to the kitchen, it became a challenge to understand how and where to connect it. I had even thought about cutting a slit in the carpet, passing the string under it to the window, and then letting the string follow along the skirting boards to the exit to the right of the opening into the kitchen.
If you have not followed this, do not worry. The fact is that this was a complicated solution and probably wouldn’t have worked anyway, because passing a string under a rug (1) is not really the safest thing to do, and (2) would create a small bump in the rug that you can see under the chair, which is no more pleasant to see than a string traversing the floor.
Then I finally decided to give up all this hassle and do the thing wirelessly.
This simple project required another purchase – this package of three LED washer lights. Another option would be this remote-controlled option, but at almost three times the price, I decided to pass it on.
Each washer light measures just under three inches in diameter.
Finding the best way to stick them within the shadow was a little difficult. First I tried 3M double sided sticky squares which I cut into strips.
But I arrived the next morning and all three were on the ground. Then I tried this DAP quick release glue which is basically a super gel glue that is supposed to dry to get a tight bond in 30 seconds.
I’ve used it in other projects, and it generally works very well. However, this did not work.
The winner ended my faithful hot glue gun. (And Cooper says hello! )
Once I knew that the idea of the LED light would definitely work, I had to do something with the cable. The challenge here is that I had to pass the cord through this hole in the metal base…
And it is impossible without cutting the cord. So I discussed two options. One option would be to cut the cord where it comes out of the vertical post. It would be easier, because I do not need to know what to do with all the excess cord. But what if I want to convert this into a cord lamp in the future? That would make things more difficult. So, the second option would be to cut it just behind the outlet. This would facilitate conversion to a cord lamp in the future, but I would have to manage all the extra cable now.
I decided to cut it just behind the outlet, because if I ever want to use this lamp in a place where I can plug it in, it’s a ten-second DIY project to add a new outlet. They sell spare caps in large stores, and you just open the connector with a screwdriver, attach two wires, close it, tighten the screw, and you’re done. It really doesn’t get any easier than that.
So I cut off the socket, and then I was able to pull the wire through this hole in the lamp base.
Then I had to figure out what to do with this whole thread. I didn’t want to cut it, because I might need it in the future. So I unscrewed the vertical post of the lamp, which separated into three sections, and doubled the excess wire, and then sent it back through the post. There was a lot of space, so it was not difficult at all.
With all the excess wire securely inserted into the post, I screwed the parts together and screwed the base. And I had a wireless street light myself!
And in a fun way, it’s almost like having a 3-way bulb in the lamp. I can turn on one light, two lights or all three lights.
These small LED washer lights don’t turn off as much light as you could get from a light bulb, but with all three turned on, I’d say it’s the equivalent of a 40 watt light bulb, which is enough for this particular area. If I ever want to sit here and read at night, I would almost certainly choose to sit on the couch where it is more comfortable and where I will have brighter lights that can be plugged in.
Slowly but surely my living room is almost ready! As you can see from the two photos above, I still need to make pillowcases for these two white pillow inserts. And FYI, if you’re looking for down / feather pillow inserts, I bought those from ElemenOPillows on Etsy. I love the quality, and the price is good for the quality. I’ve bought affordable down / feather inserts elsewhere, but I’m pretty peculiar about the fill level (I don’t like them too full and firm, and I don’t like them underfillable and flat), so I was very happy with these.
A few more projects before this room is ready!