6 Lighting Ideas For Rooms Without Ceiling Lights

Our home was built in 1875 - like a lot of homes with that much history, ours has plaster ceilings and no ceiling fixtures in the living room. We've learned a lot about how to light a room without ceiling wiring!

6 Lighting Ideas For Rooms Without Ceiling Lights

Check out some of my favorite ideas for adding more light without tearing down your ceiling to add wiring!

1. Plug-in Ceiling Pendants



We recently updated our living room with a custom plug-in chandelier from Illuminate Vintage. We had a hook added to the top of the downrod which then hangs onto a hook we screwed into the ceiling. Then we swagged the cord to the corner of the room, where it loops around a hook and plugs into an outlet near the baseboards.

2. Plug-in Sconces


You can also easily hang plug-in sconces around your home. They look great in pairs on either side of a bed or couch or on their own like this adjustable plug-in sconce.

3. Floor Lamps

Oversized or Arc-style floor lamps are an easy way to add light to a room without ceiling fixtures - no drilling required!

4. Table Lamps




Use table lamps in different sizes, at varying heights, or in pairs to add more light to a room.

5. String Lights





String Lights are a fun and easy way to add ambience and light to a room. They're also lightweight and would only need some nails or hooks to hang from, or you can drape them from hanging utilities like this dreamy loft.

6. Battery-Powered Lights


There are tons of new options for wireless or battery-powered ceiling lights like this battery-operated pendant from Target. The main drawback is needing to replace the battery - but it's a small price to pay for a traditional-looking light without wiring the ceiling!