Slowly we’ve been working on our accent wall that greets us right when we walk into our home. So far the easiest part about this project has been picking out the paint color. The most difficult? Figuring out a budget friendly and easy way to hang three wall sconces above the pictures. I quickly came to a solution when Lori of The Finished Project shared Nesting with Grace’s magic light trick. This is where I tell you it’s possible to install a wall sconce without running electrical.
What is this magic light trick I’m speaking of? It’s where you can place a sconce light anywhere in your home without running electrical to have it hardwired. Sound too good to be true? We’ll here’s the secret: you attach battery operated puck lights inside each sconce as your lighting! This was a quick and affordable solution to our problem. It’s also one that doesn’t have to be permanent if we ever decide to change this space.
We’d love to show you how and what we did to create this look while spending under $100 for all the materials and successfully hanging three lights.
- Light fixtures of your choosing
- Velcro (that can hold more than 3 pounds of weight)
- Battery operated puck lights
If you haven’t already, pick out the light fixtures you want to use. We went with these industrial wall sconces found on Amazon for under $22.
Installing the puck lights will only take a minute. Using the Velcro fasteners, attach one piece on the back of a puck light and cover the light bulb socket inside the light fixture with the other piece. Make sure to use Velcro that can hold more than 3 pounds of weight just to be safe. You may also have to trim the Velcro to fit the back of the light and the inside the light fixture.
You’ll secure the puck light by pressing the two pieces of Velcro together and watch the magic happen with just the click of your remote. That’s it! Of course, you can purchase the ones without the remote but you’ll be standing on a chair or step ladder to turn your lights on and off depending on how high they are on the wall.
As far as installing the sconces on the wall, every light fixture will be different depending on the hardware, but also generally the same. Watch my video below to see how we attached our wall lights to the wall using just two drywall screws and bolts.
When I said this was easy, I really meant your little one can even help you install the puck lights. This magic light trick is a game changer when it comes to adding lighting in your home. Maybe you didn’t have the budget to have new lighting hardwired, didn’t want to make something permanent, or didn’t really think of placing wall lights in your home before. But with this lighting resource, you’ll be walking around your home trying to figure out where you can add lighting where you never thought was possible.
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Hi. Awsome idea. I’d so love to try this above our headboard for reading. But do you think that’s enough lighting for reading in bed (is 20 lumens the same as watts?)?
Hi Debbie! I think it would depend on a couple things. For example, if the light is just above the headboard it would probably be bright enough. Not the brightest, but would allow you to see. 1 lumen gives off the same light as a birthday candle. So take that times twenty for the brightness. I hope this helps!
This looks fantastic. Great idea!
I don’t understand how you would use a remote to turn them on. Could you please explain? Thanks
Hi Suzette! I would love to help! These particular puck lights are wireless puck lights that came with a remote to turn them on and off. Of course, you can purchase puck lights without a remote and you just have to press each one to turn them on and off. I hope this helps!
What a great way to be greeted when walking in to your home! I can’t wait to try this idea. Thanks for sharing!
Hi Pat! Thank YOU for stopping by! Please share when you do. I’d love to see how you try this in your home.