This is one of my most favorite DIYs and if you can use a drill and a level, you can do it too! I so wish I could take credit for coming up with this but I first found this idea from Brooke at Nesting with Grace and Allie at Proverbs 31 Girl added a ton of great inspiration for it too. Please check out their tutorials for all the details but here is my quick and easy guide to what I used .
Basically, the Magic Light Trick is a way to install lighting in areas where you don’t have a plug/don’t want to use or plug OR don’t want to go to the permanent expense of having one hard wired. This uses battery operated puck lights to achieve the look without all the extra trouble.
What you need:
- Puck Lights with remote - the remote is KEY. Most often we put these in areas you don’t want to have to go tap the light to turn it on. (i would have to climb on my counter. No thanks!)
- Wall sconce: this is the exact one I used but I'll give you more options too. But any wall light will do.
- Bonus Item: Extra Remote: the set comes with one remote to control them all. It's worth the extra $10 if you want to split them up to different areas.
Great Light finds
- I used these in Marilyn’s Living room and they are perfect! They’re a bit bigger but she had a large wall to fill up
If you need full tutorials see my links above but here is the super fast version:
- Take a look at the wiring. If you have enough room to hide it behind the wall plate great, if not, snip it with wire cutters.
- Assemble the light. Every light is different so take a look at the directions and see what makes sense with the next step.
- Add your Puck Light. I used the super heavy duty velcro to be sure they stay put but that I can easily remove them to change the batteries. There are other options for using wire or a pipe fitting but Velcro is easy and fast.
- Follow the instructions on your light for mounting. I find it best to still use the mounting plate and hardware that comes with the light. I’ve heard some people having success with command strips and such but I want to be sure it stays where it belongs so that means drilling into a stud or using the proper anchors.
- Enjoy! The remote allows you to set a timer or dim them so I’ll often turn them on in the morning when it’s still dark so I can seem coffee and set them to turn off around sunrise.
Let me know if you try the trick! I’d love to see how it turns out!