How to make a DIY wireless wall sconce with a battery operated puck light.
Sometimes when you live in on old house with plaster and stone walls you have to think outside the box when you’re decorating. That’s what we did when we built our powder room out of a closet, and what we had to do with the wall sconce that I wanted to hang in the kitchen.
It’s not easy to hang a picture, let alone adding new wiring for a light fixture, so when I wanted the look of a sconce over my kitchen open shelving, I had to get creative.
I knew that I would have to give up something if I wanted to add a wall sconce and that something was a real, working electrical light. If you know me then you know that I don’t usually take no for an answer. I had to figure out a way to have a light without actually running new electrical wires.
We actually had to deal with this issue in all of our closets when we first moved into the cottage so it didn’t take me long to come up with a solution…
LED battery operated puck lights.
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They were the perfect solution.
So, with the lighting aspect worked out, I started my search for a nice wall sconce (that wasn’t too expensive).
Once I had my wall sconce I had to figure out how I was going to make it work with my LED puck lights.
Supplies for DIY Wireless Wall Sconce
- light socket adapter
- wall sconce
- battery operated puck light
- caulk or hot glue
This little $4 gem was just what I needed.
It’s a light socket adapter that you can find at any hardware store. All I had to do was “glue” a puck light to it with a little bit of caulk.
I let it sit overnight to dry.
Once the caulk was dry I screwed the adapter into the light fixture, just like you would a light bulb.
Next, I hung the light fixture on the wall (I kept all of the wires intact just in case I ever want to hook it up to electricity).
That’s it! An easy DIY lighting hack when you can’t run wires for electricity.
A couple of things to note.
- Since the light is out of reach, I went with a puck light that came with a remote. That way I could turn it on and off without standing on a barstool (and giving my husband a heart attack).
- My puck light was a bit big for the tapered shade on my sconce. When I glued it to the adapter it wouldn’t screw into the outlet so I had to improvise. I just added a shim, by way of a wood round cut from a stick. Easy fix. The batteries for the puck light are still easily accessible.
- When you’re looking for battery operated lights you need to look for the highest number of lumens. The higher the lumens, the brighter the light.
- Remember, these are battery operated, which means they don’t last all that long. My light is more for looks than function so it’s not turned on every day. It’s the perfect solution for my space.
With this hack you can put a light almost anywhere you want. We have a window seat in our guest room that’s calling for some DIY sconces just like this.