In my ongoing quest to finish my living room, I stole a few minutes from my accent on the guest room here and there to finish some recent projects in the living room. So, the other day, I bought this floor lamp at Target to go between the purple chairs.
I liked the Lamp, but since it stood between two chairs that did not stand against a wall, and I walked several times a day to get from the living room to the kitchen, it became quite difficult to know how and where to hook it up.challenge. I had even considered cutting a slot in the carpet, running the cord under the window, and then following it along the skirting boards to the exit to the right of the housing opening in the kitchen.
If you did not follow it, do not worry. The point is that it was a complicated solution, and probably would not have worked, because anyway running a cable under a carpet (1) is not really the safest thing to do, and (2) Create a small hill in the carpet that you can take under the chair, which is no nicer for me to look at than the cord runs on the floor.
This simple project required another purchase — this pack of three LED washer lights. Another Option would be this remote-controlled option, but at an almost triple price, I decided to pass it on.
Finding the best way to stick them inside the shadow was a challenge. At first I tried some 3M double-sided sticky squares that I cut into strips.
But I arrived the next morning and all three were on the floor. Then I tried this DAP Rapid Fuse Glue, which is basically a super-adhesive gel that needs to dry in 30 seconds to form a solid compound.
I’ve used it on other projects and it usually works great. However, it did not work.
The winner was ultimately my trusty Hot Glue Gun. (And Cooper says hello!
Once I knew the LED lighting idea would definitely work, I had to do something with the cord. The challenge here is that I had to get the cord through that 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 bar. It would be easier because I wouldn’t need to know what to do with the excess cable. But what if in the future I wanted to turn it into a Wired Lamp? It would make things more difficult. So the second option would be to cut it just behind the connector. This would make it easier to switch to a wired Lamp in the future, but I would have to take care of all the extra cable for now.
I chose to cut it right behind the socket, because if I 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 socket. You sell spare caps in large box stores, and you just open the cap with a screwdriver, fix two wires, close it, tighten the screw, and you’re done. It really won’t be any easier than that.
So I cut the plug, and then I was able to pull the wire through the hole in the lamp base.
Then I had to figure out what to do with the whole thread. I didn’t want to shorten it because I might need it again in the future. So I unscrewed the vertical pole of the Lamp, which collapsed into three sections, and doubled the excess wire, and then fed it again from the pole. There was a lot of space, so it was not difficult.
Since all the excess wire was tidy in the bar, I screwed the parts together and screwed the base. And I had a wireless floor lamp!
These small LED washer lights don’t give off as much light as you could get from a bulb, but if all three are on, I’d say it’s equivalent to a 40 watt bulb, which is enough for that area. If I ever wanted to sit here and read at night, I would almost certainly be sitting on the couch where it’s more comfortable and I have brighter lights that can be plugged in.