Room Refresh: First and Second Floor Hallway Lighting

Lack of Hallway Lighting

When you move into a house that’s over 150 years old, you expect to make compromises and renovations to bring things up to snuff. In this case, I am referring to overhead lighting, or the lack thereof, in what have proven to be very dark first and second floor hallways.

Dark Hallway without Lights

Now, as ridiculous as it seems, there actually *were* overhead lights in the first floor hallway, but we didn’t recognize them as such because they didn’t light up. ๐Ÿ™ƒ In my defense, the only light switches in the hall are for the front porch light and the large hanging lamp upstairs (that doesn’t produce much light). One day my curiosity got the better of me and I dragged out our step ladder to see what in the world those things were that looked like they should be lights, but didnt light up! Well I’ll be darned! They are magnetically hung puck lights that can be charged with a USB cable. Let there be light! ๐Ÿ’ก

Hallway Lights On!

How We Solved It

We love them! They do a great job of lighting up the first floor hall. They have three settings… on, off, and motion activated. We chose motion activated so they simply come on when we need them, when we’re in the hall, and turn off again a few moments later. When they start dimming we simply pop them off, plug them in, and they charge right up.

We wound up loving them so much that we got another set for the second floor hall. Isn’t it funny the little things that make you happy??? Puck lights… who knew? ๐Ÿ˜„ The other thing that makes me happy is that they are hard for me to reach, but easy for John, so he has graciously taken on the task of charging them when needed. ๐Ÿ’– Now in a perfect world, wouldn’t we like to have permanently installed lighting in those hallways, of course, but we got a lot of bang for the buck without tearing out ceilings and walls… so I would say it is a perfect solution and a definite win-win!

What little fixes are on your wish list? I would highly recommend puck lights for your hallways, or anywhere else that could use a little brightening up.


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