Ask any interior designer to list the most despised elements of today's home furnishings and you probably won't be surprised to learn that ranking high on the list is the ubiquitous electrical power cord. In the average modern home, clean floor plans are quickly littered with power cords draped over tables, cable tripping hazards clogging room flow, and electrical wall outlets bristling with plugs, cords, and transformers.
Yes, there have been some significant improvements with wall-mounted TVs receiving both power and cable outlets out of eye view. Likewise, hollow baseboards have become cable raceways for moving cords discretely around a room's perimeter. Nonetheless, when a lamp plops on a table, a trailing power cord quickly tethers the appliance to a location firmly anchored to the case good's edge.
It's time to sever the tether. Powered portable task lighting with onboard battery systems liberate tabletops and floors from unsightly cord clutter, letting the room's main illumination come from embedded overhead lighting.
These cordless lamps, however, don't have to be campground lantern rejects repurposed for indoor use. Rather, fashionable incandescent bulb lamps can shed their two-pronged tails and accent any interior design scheme as standalone cordless lamps.
While just about any lamp can be transformed into a cordless lamp, table lamp kits from IKEA Home Furnishings are ideal for this project.
Step 1: How to Build a Cordless Lamp
Time: 2 hours
- (1) STORM Table Lamp ($9.99; IKEA STORM)
- (1) 5V DC to DC Step Up - 1xAA ($10.95; Spark Fun Electronics #PRT-08248)
- (2) Bright White LED, 5mm ($.65; All Electronics #LED-121)
- (2) 100-ohm 1/4-watt resistor ($.99/5; RadioShack #271-1311)
- double-sided foam tape