How To Make Any Lamp Cordless

View Along the Way

In trying to configure her home office, Kelly from View Along the Way ran into what she describes as a very "hush-hush" problem for designers: the lamp cord. Rather than working around unsightly or trip-causing cords, Kelly and her husband figured out a clever, inexpensive way to get rid of the problem altogether. Check out this delightful "after" photo. For those of us who have wrestled with cords time and time again, it almost seems too good to be true.
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This hack should work on any corded lamp, and all it takes are the few simple materials below:

• Lamp
• 9-volt battery or 8 AA batteries
• 9-volt battery clip or an 8 AA battery pack
• Wire strippers
• Strand of LED lights
• Soldering iron
• Optional: Velcro and felt to cover the bottom of the lamp
• [in the words of Kelly] Optional: brilliant husband

How well does it work? According to Kelly,

So far, so good! We've run the light for about 8 hours total and it's still going strong. If you'd like your lamp to be on the brighter side, opt for the 8-battery pack, because it offers 12 volts of power. The 9-volt will run slightly dimmer.

For step-by-step pictures, instructions, and links to buy the materials Kelly and her husband used, visit View Along the Way.

(Images: View Along the Way)

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