Jun 122014
 

DSC 0122 2 Apartment Lighting Project: Battery Operated LED Picture Light

So, as I explained during my last apartment lighting project installment, I live, you guessed it, in an apartment. My wife, son, and I recently moved into the state, and we want to take our time exploring the area before we buy something. So we, like many of our fellow apartment dwellers, I imagine, are torn between wanting to make our apartment REALLY our own and wanting to make our future moving process as easy and inexpensive as possible. Last time I suggested some plug-in over cabinet LED lighting to customize and give wow factor to an apartment kitchen in a way that is invasive to neither your apartment walls nor your bank account. This time I’m taking the no-wiring thing a step further with a battery operated LED picture light!

So I’m being really honest right now. The nail upon which the above picture hangs was not even originally put in place for that particular picture. You see, my son seems to want to keep growing. When I saw his little hands exploring the edge of a larger, heavier frame, I moved that print to the closet. Honestly, the picture above was placed to hide the bare nail.

But I do love this picture, and now that it has a home, I have kind of grown fond of the unexpected singleness of it. Just one little picture on a hall wall, a picture that’s not even meant to hang, something found along some country road in some weird second hand store back when my wife and I were in our mid-twenties and prone to spontaneous road trips. (I wonder where that ship painting we got went?)

So, instead of putting a larger, more “normal” picture in its place, I have declared this to be the forever home for the golden Native American man with the butterflies. Well, at least temporarily. Not only am I not replacing it, this picture is getting a spotlight. I am going to celebrate this fun picture with its rough edges and all. How? With a handy, dandy, awesome LED picture light with dimming capabilities.

This battery operated LED picture light is really neat. It takes 3 AA batteries, has six ultra bright LEDs, and is dimmable. You press the inconspicuous button on the side once to turn it on; press it and hold it to let it dim to your desired, battery-saving level; and press it another time to turn it off.

Here’s how the golden Native American man with the butterflies looked this morning:

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I mean, yes, he’s already really cool. But this magical image needs some light to complete the magical effect. The battery operated LED picture light is mega easy to install. It consists of screwing two small screws directly through a plastic panel (WITH A LEVEL IN IT) and into the wall. Like so.

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Then, in about fourteen seconds moving calmly, I slid the picture light onto the panel. Simple as that. Boomtown, ya’ll.

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Because we live in an apartment, and because we have a kid, we keep the house dimly lit after 8 pm. Little Leo’s room shares a wall with the living room. So this picture light will be the perfect thing to create a warm and cozy environment and keep a low level of light so we can see well enough to, you know, take the dog out and not die. Heck, it even looks awesome during the day!

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How do you think my wife will react?

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Tom SowdersAfter majoring in creative writing at NC State, I worked in the home remodeling industry. Then, I attended graduate school for a really long time and gained experience as a writer and writing instructor. Now I write for Pegasus! I live in Raleigh with my wife and baby boy, and you can find me around the Triangle anywhere there's good music and/or NC-style BBQ.

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