Living room in need of light!

booper717August 23, 2010

Hello All!

My husband & I are having a hard time figureing out what to do to add more light in my living room. It's a narrow room 9'10" x 21". With it being so narrow once we get the sectional couch in there we will only have room for one end table. Being an older home there are no lights in the ceiling or anywhere else in the room & only one window. Previously we had two lamps, but now there will only be space for one. Even two wasn't near enough light for in the evening. So my question is are there any quick, easy, and inexpensive solutions for adding more light to the room that dosn't need table or floor space that I'm over looking? We thought about adding some track lighting, but that would involve running the electic threw the celing & I don't know how in depth that can be. But idealy light on the celing would be best.

Any ideas are appricated, we're really stumped here!

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jjmolly

Have you thought about a floor up-light? I have a small up-light lamp, sitting atop an empty vase, in a corner behind a chair of my long narrow (11 x 19) living room. It shines a pretty light upward toward the ceiling. There are various standing up-lights as well. Good luck.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2010 at 3:16PM
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David

Low voltage cable lighting could be one option to provide more light.

Another option would be flat wire low voltage lighting.

Recessed lighting pots or surface mounted fixtures could be installed. Both will require line voltage (120v AC) wiring to be installed.

Here is a link that might be useful: flatwire lighting

    Bookmark   August 25, 2010 at 12:47AM
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DavidR

A few here (or many) will no doubt roll their eyes and say "That's so seventies," and they'll be right of course - but how about a swag lamp or two? Fix hooks in the ceiling, hang the lamps, drop the chains down the walls, and plug them into wall receptacles. Quick and dirty - and a brighter room with no wiring hassles.

Some of those lighting ideas 30+ years ago were practical ones. :) And today swags might even be better - now we have wireless switches to control them.

I was going to say you might have to look for one on Ebay, but darned if they aren't still being offered, though I can't say I'm too keen on most of what's available. See below. (Note that this is not an endorsement. I have no interest in the company linked, I just found them with a quick web search.)

Here is a link that might be useful: Swag Lights

    Bookmark   August 25, 2010 at 2:34AM
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roadbike

Also consider ceiling mounted spots that use dimmable CFL's.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2010 at 3:15PM
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homeideas101

Just recently found out about this new product coming to the market - light emitting wallpaper! It's pretty cool, they say it will replace light bulbs by 2012! It is not available for sale yet, but I just felt like I have to share that information!

Here is a link that might be useful: Light Emitting Wallpaper

    Bookmark   August 25, 2010 at 3:19PM
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homeideas101

Look for tutbular skylights, like Solartube (http://www.solatube.com/residential/what-is-daylighting/index.php), NAtural Light (http://www.nltubular.com/), Sun Dome (http://www.sun-dome.com/), etc. These look like a perfect solution for your living room. No electrical wiring involved!

    Bookmark   August 25, 2010 at 3:28PM
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roadbike

"Look for tutbular skylights, like Solartube These look like a perfect solution for your living room. No electrical wiring involved!"

Hmmm...now how would those substitute for lamps on cloudy days and after 6:00PM?

    Bookmark   August 26, 2010 at 3:11PM
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rockli

you need not just lights ,but warm ,and sunshine which can shine into your heart
so my suggest:
pet ,dog ,cat and other ;
glassess which can make your room seems bigger
led lights bulbs .which can shine neaturally ,replace sunshine better!

Here is a link that might be useful: here can get better and cheapper led bulbs

    Bookmark   August 27, 2010 at 3:52AM
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booper717

Thank you all for your ideas! I'm def. going to look into a few of them! I apprieciate the responses!

    Bookmark   August 29, 2010 at 10:49AM
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rockli

maybe make the room more simple and elegant is better ,and led lights and mirror will help you .
led lights should be low powe leds and large number,and you'd better choose warm white.
about lights ,you can get at net

    Bookmark   August 30, 2010 at 4:39AM
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