In response to the post about my apartment lighting a couple of weeks ago, Lincoln asked:
Are your lighting choices limited by whether you own the apartment or not? I would be interested to learn what kind of options there are for lighting if you are unable to alter the living space “permanently"?
Lucky for Lincoln, and all of us, there are several non-permanent lighting solutions. The following tips are perfect if you rent a space and do not want to make any permanent changes, are afraid of commitment, or if you're simply looking for a quick lighting fix in your home:
- Install a dimmer. This easy and cost-effective solution will instantly create ambiance in any space. I am considering dimmers for every room in my house - even small spaces like the kitchen, bathroom and hallways!
- Research different light bulb options - you would be amazed at the wide variety of styles, wattage, etc. Be sure to check which bulbs are compatible with your fixtures before you head to the hardware store! I recently made a trip to Bulb World in Chinatown to buy all of the bulbs for my recessed lighting.
- Table and floor lamps provide endless options and styles for any interior, require little if any set-up, and can be taken with you if you move to another home.
- Chandeliers and Pendants make great alternative options for overhead lighting and you can further customize it by choosing what height to hang them - low hanging fixtures give off an intimate feel. These "instant pendant lights" are a wonderful solution for people with recessed lights, as well: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/la/lighting/instant-screwin-pendant-light-by-worth-home-products-04191 (via apartmenttherapy.com)
- Run wire covers for extension cords from your existing plugs along the walls and ceilings (white plastic ones or pipes, depending on your preference). Get fittings for the corners to make it look neat. Place a power strip up high on a small hidden shelf or ledge, and then you can plug in any overhead lights you would want without getting into the nitty gritty process of wiring.
*images from Martha Stewart Living