You might think apartments without overhead lights can’t be properly lit. However, even in the absence of ceiling lights, some lights are designed to significantly brighten up your apartment. Here are six ways to light your apartment without using ceiling lights.
1. Floor lamps
Floor lamps are often tall and bright enough to illuminate dark rooms. They can be placed in any part of your room to entirely replace ceiling lights. Some people use several floor lamps evenly distributed throughout a room, though often, just one floor lamp is enough. You can also put a creative and energy-efficient spin on floor lamps to brighten up your room: Place a floor lamp near a mirror or two to reflect light throughout your space.
2. Ceiling pendants
Pendant lights are modern, decorative lighting options. Sometimes, you’ll just need just one or two for full room lighting. They can easily be installed by attaching a hook to your ceiling and then running the pendant’s cable through the hook. It’s best to keep the pendant’s wire at the edges of your room to blend with your walls and not become a tripping hazard. Once your pendant light is installed, keep your light switch reachable but out of sight.
3. Table lamps
Table lamps make a great secondary light source when added to side tables. They can brighten up spaces that your floor lamps and pendant lights might not reach. They are especially ideal for task lighting, such as reading or working.
4. LED strips
LED strips can be a fun accent piece for living rooms, bedrooms, and kitchens. If your kitchen is dark, add LED strips to provide under-cabinet lighting that illuminates your countertops.
Most LED strips are easy to install. Usually, all you have to do is peel the adhesive backing off and affix your light strip – no drilling holes or installing hooks. They’re also easy to use: Some LED strips include remotes or phone app controls. Despite all this convenience, LED strips are best used as secondary lighting. A room fully lit by LED strips is almost impossible to achieve.
5. String lights
Like LED strips, string lights are aesthetic, secondary lighting. They’re usually best for emphasizing door and window frames or filling in spaces above beds, couches, tables, and more.
However, there are exceptions. Some string lights actually are bright enough for full-room lighting. These lights will have large, circle-like bulbs (you may have seen them in restaurants or beer gardens’ outdoor areas) that provide ample room lighting. If you’re using them in your apartment, you should ideally hang them from exposed pipes or, if you don’t have exposed pipes, other ceiling fixtures.
6. Wall sconces
Wall sconces – especially ones you just plug in instead of wiring through your walls – are convenient, stunning wall lights great for lighting hallways. Alternatively, you can use them as pairs with one on each side of your bed or your couch. They can bring a delicate decorative touch to your living room, but they won’t fully replace your ceiling light. For that, try floor lamps or some of the brighter options from earlier in this list.
How do you light up your apartment to replace your ceiling lights? Sound off in the comments!