How To Light A Room Without A Ceiling Light?

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You don't have electric wires in the ceiling? Do not panic. There are many solutions to succeed in lighting a room without a ceiling light and getting around the problem in an effective and pleasant way, while playing with lighting tricks that will bring a nice decorative touch to your interior.

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First step : find replacement lights, to plug into floor sockets, which are generally dedicated to part of the room as extra lighting. Portable lamp , floor lamp , wall light , desk lamp , light garland… There are a thousand and one ideas for lighting without a ceiling light, which is also attractive.
Second step : multiply the light sources to obtain the same light intensity as a ceiling light. In addition to decorating, this alternative will allow the diffusion of indirect lighting, less aggressive than a light fixed to the ceiling. Discover our ingenious lighting solutions to successfully illuminate a room without a ceiling light.


We don't necessarily think about it, but reproducing the zenithal light of direct lighting is the first key step in replacing the diffusion of light emitted by a ceiling light. For the practical side but also for the decorative side of overhead lighting. This is especially true for the dining area. To simulate direct lighting – generally the role of ceiling lighting – it is necessary to choose luminaires with a good span, to illuminate in height and at a distance from the walls.

You can opt for luminaires with arms or in an arc, such as arc-type floor lamps , often adjustable in height , and whose offset foot allows you to be placed at a good distance from the light diffuser.

For example, choose a very large floor lamp with an offset lampshade. With a good height, this type of floor lamp makes it possible to diffuse direct lighting in height similar to that of a suspension thanks to a diffuser offset from the base. Unlike halogen floor lamps , they do not illuminate the ceiling, consume much less electricity and illuminate the center of the room (if it is small) thanks to their large arc while leaving the passage free.

Another option are wall lights, which are also capable of this performance. There are now models with a very designer look, with or without visible wire, equipped with very long arms, either foldable or telescopic which can go up to more than two meters. Ultra-trendy, with an often retro look, this type of light easily replaces a suspension by delivering the same type of lighting. They are positioned on the wall so that the diffuser is centered or just above the targeted element and it will have the same effect as that of a ceiling light.


You don't want to do without a beautiful modern chandelier  or a superb suspension? Rest assured, it is still possible to install ceiling lighting, even without a wire outlet. The only constraint: the power cable. Two options are available to you:
- choose to hide the cable inside strips to be painted in the same color as the ceiling,
- or assume and leave it visible until the power supply (generally a socket or the exit of wires from the existing wall lamp). In this case, it is imperative to treat it as a decorative element in its own right. And that's good ! Top trend in decoration, especially in Haussmann apartments, this exposed wire technique avoids damaging the moldings with ugly cuts. Colored, linen or even patterned threads, there are now a multitude of decorative electric threads to create an aesthetic look. Add a few legs to guide the wire along the wall for a more chic effect.

To obtain secondary lighting , you can use the same principle and create a wall light . If your style of decor lends itself to it, you can play the hand lamp card with an exposed wire. It is now very easy to make your wall lamp by choosing a bracket, a colored cable and a lampshade. For the effect to be successful, the cable must be very smooth. These lamps can be hung in the middle of a wall decoration to create a set of portable lamps. It plugs into a standard electrical outlet and you can then attach it to the ceiling with a simple hook, leaving the wire visible. So that it does not bother you, you can absolutely fix it to the wall with wire clips.


In a living room, bedroom or office, you can perfectly do without a ceiling light. Lamps, floor lamps, sconces are enough to light up these living rooms. For a cozy effect, good light distribution and top lighting, the secret is to multiply the light points . Always choose floor lamps , table lamps on the floor, on a shelf, a fireplace or a console, or play with the shapes of floor lamps which provide good light diffusion. Luminaires with cylindrical shades and covered with light fabrics are ideal because they provide mixed lighting on the interior space. Place these lights wisely in the corners of the room but also on the furniture to ensure homogeneous and diffused lighting , identical to that of a ceiling light.

The best lighting is that which comes from several lamps at the same time. One or two “projector” type floor lamps will generate a beautiful luminosity in the room in addition to being centerpieces in your interior decoration. They look like photographer's lights and can point in any direction you choose. They are generally oriented upwards for effective indirect lighting . Several lamps placed on a piece of furniture will contribute to the lighting of the room. If you play the card of the originality of colors and materials, they will give the space a cozy and warm side. An XXL lamp placed on the ground will have the most beautiful effect: discreet, placed for example in the corner of a piece of furniture, it will give your room an elegant and chic designer touch.
Completely decorative, the electric garlands, in kit or to personalize, are perfect for beautiful ambient lighting. There are a multitude of them, both in refined and fancy versions. The role of the garland is to illuminate a dark area, to highlight a display of trinkets. It must therefore be associated either with other garlands to occupy volume, or with objects that it will enhance. Do not hesitate to install it asymmetrically. Light garlands look great hung on the wall, placed on the floor or wrapped around a ladder. You can also choose to customize a pretty vase and slip them into it.
Do not forget the desk lamps , which invite themselves today in all rooms of the house. Often equipped with an articulated arm, they make it possible to illuminate part of the room according to our needs.