I have had “barn light” on my House Project To-Do list for over a month now. I have been having a hard time 1) deciding where it should go and 2) Figuring out how I was going to get it functional without taking on any electricity. I have seen other bloggers that hang a barn light and use battery operated lights to make it a functional source of light, as well as a touch of character. While that’s a great idea, and also avoids calling/becoming an electrician, I was looking for a different option. Mainly because my experience with those lights is that they need new batteries uh…in the ballpark of once a day. So, since I would rather not spend bookoos on batteries, I came up with a solution that was amazingly easy and I can’t believe I waited this long to do it!
You will need:
Barn Light (Mine is from Wal-Mart, but this one is very similar, and similar price)
Hanging Pendant Lamp Cord (It is only $7.50!)
Drill (We have a Ryobi and LOVE it.)
First, I decided on my spot, and pre drilled my holes.
Then, I tucked in the cord from the hanging pendant light around the spot for the bulb. This is inside the barn light itself:
I used electrical tape to hold the light socket on the cord, to the inside (as much as I could) of the socket provided in the barn light.
I know, it’s not beautiful….yet!
The bulb will hang out a bit more than it would have had you used it as intended. You may want to consider using a bulb that isn’t ultra bright.
We traded the bulb in this photo out for a “vintage” Edison bulb and it gives off a softer light.
I tucked my cord behind the furniture and left my switch accessible.
You could do this anywhere in your home! The spot I chose was close to a plug, but the cord lights come in longer lengths, (mine is 12ft) if you needed to run more cord.
That’s it! A quick and inexpensive way to add a custom look, charm and character! Let me know if you try this out, or if you have any other tricks like this. I love to hear from y’all!
Thanks for reading! -Steph