This little project was so easy it doesn't really need a "How-To," but I wanted to put it out there for anyone else living in an apartment who might be a little intimidated by light installation. It required no permanent installation at all so it's perfect for renters!
Here it is!
|Mochi's got her lasers on|
What You Need:
- Hanging paper lantern
- Light cord (some lanterns come with it, but if they don't you need to buy it separately. It's got a normal 2-prong plug on one end and a lightbulb socket on the other)
- Two 3M hooks
What You Do:
- Plug one end of your wiring into the wall (this is just to make sure you have enough slack to reach the place you want your light hanging from)
- I ran my cord to the corner of the room, up the corner (sort of hidden by my curtains)
- Place a 3M hook on the ceiling right at the corner and loop your cord through it
- Run cord along ceiling to desired spot (wherever you want it to hang down from)
- Place your other 3M on the ceiling in that spot and loop your cord through it, letting the extra length hang down vertically
- Adjust the slack of the cord until you get it hanging down the desired length (this depends on how low/high you want your lamp)
- Now that you've got it the perfect length, unplug it!
- Screw in your lightbulb
- Attach the lamp (it'll come with instructions, takes about 2 seconds)
- Plug back in and ta-da! Lamp-tastic!
So to refresh your memory, here is the transformation:
See, that wasn't hard at all! And since we used 3M hooks, there's no permanent damage like holes in the ceiling. Super simple. And it cost a total $17 ($10 for the light cord, $7 for the lantern. I already owned the 3M hooks).
Now comes the following question: do I leave this as is or add more hanging lights? I'm still considering getting two more different sized, slightly smaller ones and having a little light threesome in my corner (hehe) or maybe replacing this one with a slightly bigger one? What say you?