In this post, I'm going to show you a DIY project where you can install wall sconces without having a source for electricity, power, or running any type of electrical line.
One thing that I absolutely love to DIY is the ability to add more light in our house. Even though we have one wall dedicated to windows in our bedroom, it still needs more light and I do not want to hire an electrician.
Today, I'm sharing with out how you don't have to hire an electrician to wire your house in order to add more light into your space using a DIY no-hardwire wall sconce.
We've figured out an amazing way to add lighting without needing to hire an electrician or wiring light into your walls. This lighting solution costs under $50, most of which is the cost of the lamp that I wanted to purchase to make the space complete. Because let me be real - I'll probably end up changing my mind one of these days about the lighting and if I had paid an electrician, it would have been a regret of mine for changing my mind on lighting placement again.
Overall for this DIY project, I added two lights on either side of our master bed because I wanted to have more real estate space on our nightstands because we have so much stuff like remotes, decor, cell phones, water cups, etc.
Being able to replace the lamps that took up so much space with DIY wall sconces makes the space look a little cleaner, adds more light, and provides the look I was going after (which is modern, neutral farmhouse style).
The magic light hack is being able to create lighting anywhere you want by using a puck light that is mounted into a socket. The socket is then screwed into the sconce or light to hold the puck in place. This enables light to be turned on and off by pressing the light or controlling it with a remote.
Brooke Christen with @nestingwithgrace was one of the first to share this tutorials online. Instead of using the wire, I opted to use the mount which is a lot less hassle.
It also provides more surface area to hang them up.
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About this DIY Lighting Tutorial without Wiring
This lighting tutorial is great for any space where you can't add wiring and you can reach the light to turn it off or on. This magic light hack allows you to place the sconce anywhere inside your house without having it be hardwired or fishing wires inside your drywall to add electricity.
This tutorial involves getting a plugin socket that goes into your sconce, adhering the puck to the plugins socket, putting the socket into your light, and then screwing it in. That's pretty much it!
- 【3-Prong Socket Plug】This well-function light socket adapter can provide stable electrical contact with your appliances. The 3-prong design can both support 2 prongs and 3 prongs, which has wider application range than 2-prongs light socket to plug adapter
- 【Premium Quality E26/E27 Light Socket Outlet】This light socket to plug adapter is made of fire-proof material PBT that is high temperature-resistant up to 165℃. This 3-prong light bulb socket adapter is powered by 125V AC and electrical rating 1250W Max Wattage. Note: This light socket outlet is not suitable for connecting high-power appliances, you need to check whether the appliances exceed the maximum power rating of this light socket outlet before use
- 【Safe and Polarized socket outlet】The 3 prong light socket adapter is designed to supply electricity to electrical appliances safer. This light bulb plug is polarized that can only allow you to insert the plug into outlet slots in one direction, which ensures neutral-to-neutral, hot-to-hot, and that can provide a measure of safety for the appliance is aligned with house wiring in terms of polarity
Affordable Sconces to Use for this DIY Non-Hardwired Sconce
I absolutely love the cozy cottage modern farmhouse vibe right now, so below I'm sharing with you some of my favorite under $50 lights that would be perfect for this project.
I would not recommend getting ones where an Edison bulb is used because it is a hack. You won't be using light bulbs, so the light won't look right.
You can buy any sconce that is designed to be hard wired into an electrical box, just remove the wiring component. It's seriously that easy.
Below is my super simple tutorial for hanging a wall sconce without the need for adding additional wiring or electricity. This non-hardwired sconce hack provides a great way for you to change out the batteries when you need to by just unscrewing the light from the socket.
Best Battery Operated Puck Lights for DIY Sconce
These are the exact ones I got. The great thing about puck lights are that you just click it like a button, and the light turns off or on.
- ☀【HIGH BRIGHT & PUSH CONTROL】 4pcs Energy-efficient SMD LED provide ultra-bright light with 50 lumens. Slightly one tap the center lens of led light to turn it on/off with soft lighting.
- ☀【BATTERY POWERED & SIMPLE TO INSTALL】 with Customized Super Strong Adhesive Tape, stick on anywhere you want, Powered by 3pcs AAA batteries (not included). Recommend alkaline battery powered for push LED light.
- ☀【GENTLE EYE-CARE LIGHTING】 Milky anti-glare panel would give off soft light to protect your eyes which create a warm and comfortable environment to kids and elders.
However, you can always choose battery operated puck lights with a remote if you were planning on adding some that are high up as well.
I chose the cheaper version because we already have a plethora of remotes in our house, and I didn't need another one.
No one has come out with battery operated ones for your Alexa or Google Home just yet.
Another tip is that you'll need to pay attention to how many lumens each battery operated puck has.
If you don't want the LED look, make sure to choose a warmer light or use a lamp shade that will make the light warmer.
You can also choose to have rechargeable and motion sensor puck lights as well. There are so many options. Now, if they would just come up with an Alexa enabled battery operated puck light, that would be a gamechanger.
Tips on Choosing the Right Battery Puck Light
If you have a dark space that you need more lighting in, finding battery operated lights that give off a ton of light isn't hard. You just need to make sure you choose the light with a large number for lumens (more than 500).
Best Places for Puck Lights Used in Sconces
If you are designing a space for using this puck light, this DIY hack is great for places where:
- the light isn't used daily and is super important for day-to-day activities
- the light is used for accentuating the space
- the lighting hardware is used for design and style
The Magical Secret
This little socket adapter is what you'll need in order to make sure that the light and the sconce will connect. You aren't going to use the actual plug, you'll just need to glue/adhere the puck light onto this area so you can screw it in and out.
Kraft Paper for Positioning
I ordered a roll of kraft paper in order to be able to trace my frames and other decor to position my decor where I want it before permanently adhering it to the wall.
- Great for Moving; With a total of 1,200 inches of paper roll to work with, you can safely pack your whole house
- Thick and Durable Brown Construction Paper Roll; Made with heavy duty paper, this sturdy craft roll can be used as parcel paper and is great protection when shipping
- Perfect Art Supplies for Kids; Use these brown craft paper rolls for acrylic and oil paints, chalk, crayon, markers, felt pens, finger painting, water color, tempera and more
I do a pretty rough outline of the decor first and cut it out:
Then, I position and reposition roughly where I want it to be.
I love doing this because it saves me the heartache of having to reposition the hole again.
How to Make DIY Light without Electricity
Materials Needed for DIY Wall Sconce without Electrical Wiring
- Kraft Paper
- Wall Sconce (exact one I used here)
- LED Battery Operated Puck Lights (exact ones I used here)
- Socket adapter (exact ones I used here)
- Mounting adhesive or caulk (in case your puck light doesn't come with it)
Supplies Needed for DIY Wall Sconce without Electrical
Instructions for DIY Wall Sconce without Electricity
- Trace your sconce on kraft paper and use painters tape to tape where you want to position your sconce.
- Tuck the wires behind the sconce for future use or remove them completely if there are no plans to use them in the future.
- Mount the sconce in place using brackets and screws by using inserts or mounting directly onto a stud. Level it as needed.
- Attach the fixture to the bracket.
- Install the batteries inside the battery operated puck lights.
- Adhere the puck light to the socket adapter using mounting tape or caulk.
- Screw in the socket adapter with the mounted puck light into the sconce.
This project is super simple and provides an easy way to add light where you need it without having to hardwire or do any expensive wiring installation.
Frequently Asked Questions About Sconces without Wiring
How do you install wall sconces without wiring?
To install a wall sconce without wiring, use puck lighting to replace the regular light bulb this is often used in a wall sconce.
What is a magic light trick?
The magic light trick refers to using battery operated lighting, like puck lighting, in place of using a regular bulb to avoid having to wire electricity to add more light.
How do I add light to a room without wiring?
Use puck lights in lieu of regular bulbs to add light to a room without needing to add wire or electricity.
What are puck lights used for?
Puck lights are shaped as an oval or round small light that allow homeowners to conveniently and easily mount LED lights around their home where more light is needed.
How long do LED puck lights last?
LED powered puck lights generally last up to 100,000 hours, depending on the brand that is used.
Do LED puck lights get hot?
LED puck lights can get hot if they are used as an all-day lighting source.
For this tutorial, the LED puck lights should be used in areas where it's used as decorative lighting for a couple of hours at a time. It's best to keep fresh flowers and food away from a puck light source that is powered by LED.
Summary About DIY Wall Sconce Lighting Without Electricity
If you love the look of sconce lights, but don't want the hassle and price of wiring them, this tutorial should do the trick. This is one of the easiest projects ever.
Having beautiful sconce light fixtures is a great way to both decorate your home and add more light.
I hope this provides you some great ideas on places you can now add light without the need for any crazy wiring. I'm in love with these super affordable puck lights and I'm going to mount them pretty much everywhere. This is an amazingly easy, fun, cordless lighting option that anyone can do to make their home that much cozier.
Other Home DIY Hacks You Might Love
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Another thing you can use instead of a socket adapter is a 3/4" male pvc adapter. Costs about $1.25 at HD or Lowes. Great tutorial! I'm hoping to thrift some wall sconces for cheap. May just have to paint them if I can't find them in black.
Omg! Seriously genius!! Fantastic idea!!