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Install a Light Fixture without Drilling a Hole in the Ceiling


It figures. Your apartment is already inundated with walls of your artwork and the last thing you want is to drill another hole in the ceiling for a light fixture even if you always end up smashing your pinky toe on the coffee table while stumbling for a way in.

The light fixture has to go somewhere. Fortunately all is not lost. You can fix ambience lights in a room without having to poke ugly holes in the walls or the ceiling of your home. Here is what you can do to solve your dilemma –

Install Pendant Lights

Generally, home builders only add a single fixture to a home and call it finished. Pendants lights will help you add some ambience. Most homeowners tend to drill holes in order to affix these lights but there is also a way for you to avoid that. Instead of 3M holes you can use tiny holes for the hooks that will suspend the pendant lights.

Standing Floor Lamps

Why not forgo light fixtures for standing floor lamps? Overhead lights can create harsh shadows thereby ruining the look of a room. A floor lamp on the other hand, will reflect light off your home’s ceiling and create a comfy ambience. Placing lamps in the TV room is also a good idea since it will prevent a harsh glare on the screen from blocking your view.

There are also light fixtures that work with thin strip conductors that you can stick to walls. Some of the most common types are –


Also known as torch lighting this particular type of lamps consist of a stand and shade that opens towards the ceiling. They are available in different types and feature fluorescent, halogen and incandescent light bulbs. Such lamps are also suitable for small spaces.

Tiffany Lamps

These are renowned for their lead designed shades and stained glass designs. The metallic post features a design that matches the style of the glass. Tiffany lamps might not provide much lighting but they do make a room look aesthetically pleasing.

Arch Lighting

You can forget about drilling a hole in the ceiling with arch floor lamps to light the way.  These can have as much as a dozen lights that arch away from a fixture. You can replace existing lighting or fan fixtures with these without having to drill anywhere.

Replace an Existing Light Fixture

Most landlords do not allow tenants to drill holes in homes. This means that you will have to be really creative in figuring out how you plan on installing light fixtures. One of the ways in which you can do just that is replacing existing light fixtures with new ones of your choosing.

Make sure that you locate the circuit breaker of the room you plan on working in and turn it off. Remove the old wire connectors of the old fixture and twist off the wires. Take off the base from the old fixture. Check to see if the electrical box in the ceiling where the fixture was attached is loose. Tighten it if it is but do not go overboard.

Follow the manual for matching the wires on the new fixture to the wires in your home. In general the white wires connect to the white ones. The same goes for the black wires. Use a wire stripper to remove the coating on the wires on the fixture.

Rental apartment owners do not have the luxury of drilling away at the walls of their homes if their landlords have a say in the matter. A little creativity is all it takes to brighten your day.


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