I really don't know why someone would build a new house but not put lights in rooms. What is the point? How many lamps must I invest in? Now, I must admit that I do love lamps and I actually prefer the lighting from a lamp to overhead lighting, but there are times when you need good bright lighting. When you are not trying to set a mood, but instead you are trying to accomplish a task.
Case in point - - the school room. You just can't use lamps in a room where kids are supposed to be bright, alert, motivated and LEARNING!! So my first task was to get some proper lighting in that room. My choice would be a great vintage school room light hardwired into the ceiling...
I do have a budget.
This is a rental home.
There is no wiring in the ceiling for a light.
So, it was time to pull out my favorite rental home lighting trick. I do have to tell you, that I am not an electrician, I don't even play one on TV :) This is just my own little fix using the little electrical knowledge that my father-in-law taught me. So I will not be giving detailed directions and I will not guarantee any results if you try this!
I love to take great looking ceiling light fixtures and instead of hardwiring them in, I attach a cord and just hang it from a ceiling hook and plug it in. Mobile lighting!! When it comes time to move, all I have to do is unplug the cord, take it off it's hook, pull the hook from the ceiling and pack it all up. It's an easy solution to a common renters problem!
I've used this little trick throughout our house - it really helps to bring personality to the room.
I used it with the chandelier in Charise's room
on a chandelier in my work room
And another one in my work room
The only real problem with it is that you do have a big cord going across your ceiling and down your wall. Usually I try to hide the cord behing my curtains, but it just wouldn't work that way in the school room, so I had to hide it as well as I could behind the white board. All in all, I think this light works in here and it certainly lights up the room well!!
Check back tomorrow to see the 2nd project in the schoolroom!