Hey y’all, and welcome back! Before we begin this super fun DIY tutorial, we just have to say that we have been absolutely overwhelmed by all of the love y‘all showed us on our last blog post! Y’all are truly the BEST, and we LOVED getting to take y’all behind the scenes of Gathered Nest last month! If you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, take a minute to do so! We promise it’ll be worth your time! ;)
Speaking of love.
We are legit head over heels in love with this super simple, super fun, inexpensive, practical, stylish, functional, basically alllllll-the-things DIY lighting project that allows you to install lighting WITHOUT it having to be wired in!
Which basically means you can now add lighting almost anywhere in your home, AND it’s insanely easy to boot!!
But first a little background before we jump in with the step-by-step how-to!
This DIY is part of a complete, multi-phase, commercial office design for a new start-up that we can’t wait to share once it’s completed! The first phase has us focusing on our client’s desk and workspace alcove as pictured below.
Because our client has such a fun, bold personality, we knew that we needed to add a fun, bold look to this space!
That resulted in a separate DIY project involving this super fun, super bold black-and-white geometric print removable wallpaper by Property Brothers, available at Lowe’s!
How fun is that?!?
While the large windows in this space provide ample natural light to filter in during the day, we wanted to provide additional layers of ambient lighting for our client.
Since there’s currently no additional wiring for lighting in this space, we had to get creative, which is where our DIY lighting hack comes in to play!
We first saw something similar posted a few months ago by @our.blessed.nest and couldn’t wait to try it out ourselves!
During the initial consult for this project, we both knew almost immediately that this was the PERFECT space for it, and now we’re so excited to get to share this idea with all of YOU!!
For this project you’ll need the following materials:
Remote Controlled Puck Light(s)
Heavy gauge floral wire
Light Bulb Socket Adapter(s)
We started by purchasing a pack of three (3) vintage industrial wall lights and a set of six (6) wireless LED puck lights WITH REMOTE from Amazon. *The remote part is important for this project*
Below is what we purchased, although any similar wall light will work!
But seriously, how can you not love these lights right here?!?
Black and gold are definitely having a moment in the decor world right now, and we are here.for.it. #swoon
Next we used our drill to install the three wall lights according to the instructions and hardware that came with them.
And by “we”, we mean Neil.
Because, well, let’s be honest. ANY time our guys offer their help we HAPPILY take them up on it!
Have we mentioned they’re the best?? ;)
Once the light fixtures were installed (see above) it was time to add the lighting itself.
We started by taking the battery covers off the puck lights in order to access two small holes on the cover. We then took heavy gauge floral wire and strung it through the holes as shown below.
This floral wire is going to be used to help hold the puck light in place, so make sure to leave ample length on the ends of the wire.
Next we took the 3m sticky tape circle that came with each puck light and cut it to fit between the two holes that held our wire
*This allows for a second layer of security to make
sure the puck light stays attached inside the light fixture.
We then reattached the battery cover to the light as shown below.
We then peeled off the backing of the 3m tape and firmly attached a SOCKET ADAPTER to the puck light itself.
*NOT a spRocket adapter like I kept calling it in our Stories. Hey, what can we say- we’re learning! ;)
The SOCKET ;) adapter came from Lowe’s, and is what is used to screw the puck light into the fixture itself.
The flat side of it fits perfectly onto the tape on our puck light, and it will feel like it’s attached solidly.
We learned the hard way that the tape itself is NOT enough to hold the puck light to the socket adapter. Which is why we have the floral wire.
Once you have the socket adapter stuck to the puck light with the tape, take the ends of the floral wire and wrap them tightly around the base of the socket adapter. Twist them together, tie them together, however you want to do it. This part is a little bit of trial and error. Just make sure the floral wire secures the puck light to the socket adapter, and tuck the ends in.
We promise it’s not as hard as it sounds! ;)
Once that’s done, simply screw the socket adapter into the light fixture where a light bulb would normally go, and Voila! That’s it!
You now have a working remote-controlled light where there was previously no light AND no wiring for lighting!
How awesome is that?!?
We seriously love this so much that we’re already thinking of alllllll the places we can use these in our own houses!
What about y’all??? Anyone else thinking you might want to try out this DIY project for yourself?? We’d love to hear your thoughts!
Let us know in the comments!
Until next time,
Kay and Christy 💕
p.s. If watching a video tutorial is more your thing, check out our DIY highlight over on IG @gatherednesthome and give is a follow if you haven’t already!