Do you want to avoid the cost of an electrician to add light to a room? I’ve included these budget-friendly tips on how to add lighting to a room without wiring which we discovered while remodeling our 1940s beach cottage. We had to get creative on how to add light to a room which included options for lighting without wiring because we wanted to avoid the expense of hiring an electrician.
As you can imagine, a cottage built in the 40s has limited electrical outlets. Let’s take a look at how we solved this problem.
Table of contents
How To Add Lighting To A Room Without Wiring
First, we contacted an electrician about adding additional receptacles to the house, and the quote was much more than our budget allowed.
So then we had to devise a plan B and figure out how to add lighting to a room without sufficient wiring.
Therefore, we found that adding surge protector power strips and extension cords was necessary to power all the appliances and other modern conveniences we require today. However, that still didn’t solve all the problems.
(Posts on The Ponds Farmhouse may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. See the full disclosure details here.)
The Small Bedroom
The bedroom has a ceiling fan with light; however, I don’t care for overhead lighting. I much prefer subdued lighting from lamps and wall sconces.
If you saw the small bedroom remodel, you know there is no room for bedside tables, so wall sconces were the best option for providing subdued lighting.
The bedroom only has two electrical outlets; an extension cord was needed to add sconces. It would allow the two lights to be attached to the same outlet on the other side of the room.
The question became how to access the on and off switch on the wall sconces without climbing on the bed.
We have the same dilemma in the living room. One light is plugged into a power strip and the on/off switch is located next to the power strip behind the sofa.
How To Add Light Switches Without Hiring An Electrician
The answer to these first problems was installing a wireless remote control outlet switch.
The one we purchased came with two remote outlets, which allowed us to add one to each lamp within the living room.
You plug the remote outlet’s receptacle into the wired outlet and then plug your lamps or wall sconces into the provided receptacle.
You can then attach the remote switch to the wall if you desire. It comes with a handy double-stick tape.
Adding Remote Switch To Living Room
This one remote switch will operate both lights in the living room.
Now we no longer have to get behind the sofa to turn the hanging light on. LOL
Adding Light To The Bedroom
This idea worked for adding lighting without wiring to the bedroom wall sconces.
Each lamp is plugged into the same extension cord behind the bed, and then the extension cord is plugged into the remote receptacle across the room.
The remote light switch is located just inside the bedroom door and operates both lights above the bed.
How To Add Overhead Lighting Without Wiring?
Another issue was overhead lighting for our new dining bar.
While remodeling our tiny beach cottage, we removed a partial wall to create an eating area bar between the kitchen and living room.
However, there was no electrical wiring to add lighting above the bar.
The area didn’t require a lot of bright light, so we added these remote-controlled puck lights. They are easy to install with double stick tape; even the remote can be attached with velcro.
I successfully added a puck light to my bathroom a few years ago, so I knew this was a viable option for over the bar.
How To Add A Vintage Wall Sconce Without Wiring?
Another living room area had no lighting and no electrical outlet within reach.
In addition, I found a fun vintage wall sconce that I wanted to add to that space.
The old wiring on the sconce was useless; again, I didn’t want the expense of an electrician.
So we purchased rechargeable battery-operated light bulbs. They come with a charger and a remote control, which also allows dimming.
Now the corner with the accent wall has light. I love the vintage light fixture and this easy solution for adding lighting without wiring.
See all these clever lighting products on my Amazon Storefront.
I hope these clever ideas will help you with your next lighting dilemma.
Pin It To Remember It
Did you find some great ideas you’d like to save for future reference? Hover over the images you’d like to save and pin to your favorite Pinterest Boards when you see the PIN button.