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please advise how to light up living room without ceiling lights

I have a living room/dining room area (say about 15x25 feet) that's not bright enough. Right now there are three floor standing lights that aren't cutting it.

Any ideas for plug in lighting options? I would like to stay away from any electrical work and there is no ceiling fixture.

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bunga wrote:
Mar 17th, 2012 4:35 pm
I have a living room/dining room area (say about 15x25 feet) that's not bright enough. Right now there are three floor standing lights that aren't cutting it.

Any ideas for plug in lighting options? I would like to stay away from any electrical work and there is no ceiling fixture.

Thanks!
I would put track lights from the closest ceiling fixture...but you don't want electrical work...SOL
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There is no ceiling light fixture (box/outlet) in the dining room?
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bunga wrote:
Mar 17th, 2012 4:35 pm
there is no ceiling fixture.
Since there are no ceiling fixture and you don't want to install any, your only other choice is to add more floor lights, or increase the wattage of each bulbs or add three way bulbs. I don't really recomend extension cords or cables going along the vertical walls since that really isn't very visually attractive.
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Busybuyer888 wrote:
Mar 17th, 2012 6:51 pm
There is no ceiling light fixture (box/outlet) in the dining room?

Some places are like that...so basically he has to buy a long track light from the dining room and extend it over...I think it is one of those dining room to living room extension thingy..
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I use floor lamps like these with 23 watt CFLs. They bounch light off the walls and ceiling as well as provide direct lighting. I can use extension cords with these as the CFLs don't need a lot of power:

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Busybuyer888 wrote:
Mar 17th, 2012 6:51 pm
There is no ceiling light fixture (box/outlet) in the dining room?

When I was buying, I looked at a really nice townhouse that had no ceiling lights that I could see. They must have had them in the kitchen and bathrooms but there definitely weren't any in the living room, dining room or bedrooms. For that reason, I passed on it. My agent said this was common in homes of a certain age.
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stt55pot wrote:
Mar 17th, 2012 6:41 pm
I would put track lights from the closest ceiling fixture...but you don't want electrical work...SOL

If there was a ceiling fixture, I'd have no problem doing that. As it is there aren't any fixtures in the living room/dining room. Since it's a rental, it's not worth it to install one.

Guess my only solution is lights, and more lights.
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bunga wrote:
Mar 17th, 2012 9:32 pm
If there was a ceiling fixture, I'd have no problem doing that. As it is there aren't any fixtures in the living room/dining room. Since it's a rental, it's not worth it to install one.

Guess my only solution is lights, and more lights.
They make 40 watt cfls that get pretty bright (equal to 150watt incandescent)
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there's lots of floor lamp options. most modern styling moves away from having ceiling fixtures in the living room.

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bunga wrote:
Mar 17th, 2012 4:35 pm
I have a living room/dining room area (say about 15x25 feet) that's not bright enough. Right now there are three floor standing lights that aren't cutting it.

Any ideas for plug in lighting options? I would like to stay away from any electrical work and there is no ceiling fixture.

Thanks!
Your livingroom/dining room is probably lacking in what they call "down lighting". I don't know if this will help but West Elm sells Pendants with pendant cords that are 15 feet. You plug them in and run them up the wall to the ceiling. You can take these with you when you move and they also have a conversion kit if you want to hardwire it at a home you own. If you click on the link on the bottom right you will see the cords that match the pendant shades.

http://www.westelm.com/products/industr ... t-lighting
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That is a pretty big room to light up without having a fixture at ceiling level. Personally I would look at a solution to add a fixture. It may not be cheap, but will work better than any other compromise option. This no light fixture crap was a builder special of the 1980s and 1990s.
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bunga wrote:
Mar 17th, 2012 4:35 pm
I have a living room/dining room area (say about 15x25 feet) that's not bright enough. Right now there are three floor standing lights that aren't cutting it.

Any ideas for plug in lighting options? I would like to stay away from any electrical work and there is no ceiling fixture.

Thanks!
stt55pot wrote:
Mar 17th, 2012 6:41 pm
I would put track lights from the closest ceiling fixture...but you don't want electrical work...SOL

One of his criteria is to stay away from electrical work. How do you put on ceiling track lights without electrical work? As far as I understand, a track light is just another ceiling light.

15 x 20 feet is a big area. Other than using higher watt bulbs in the floor lamps, I don't think there's any other way to light up the room other than to add ceiling lights which will require electrical work. Since you're renting, probably not a a good idea as you won't get you $ back. Your best bet is to go to a retailer that specializes in floor or table lamps and use higher lumens bulbs.
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Mar 18th, 2012 8:15 pm
Your livingroom/dining room is probably lacking in what they call "down lighting". I don't know if this will help but West Elm sells Pendants with pendant cords that are 15 feet. You plug them in and run them up the wall to the ceiling. You can take these with you when you move and they also have a conversion kit if you want to hardwire it at a home you own. If you click on the link on the bottom right you will see the cords that match the pendant shades.

http://www.westelm.com/products/industr ... t-lighting

Agree he needs down lights but running wires up the wall and across the ceiling will work but it's not going to look good with the exposed wires. And if you're going to do that, may as well not use pendants and just attach ceiling lights against the ceiling. Pendant lights usually only go well on top of tables, otherwise it's going to hit your head if you walk under it.
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how about adding some well placed mirrors to bounce light into less lit areas?
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