Make Your Table Lamp Cords Disappear Like Magic

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Hey Guys! Remember how we were talking about the cool lamps in this post? And many of you said that you love the look but… what to do with the table lamp cords?

T’is a problem, isn’t it?

 

William McLure Southern Style Now Showhouse cordless table lamp woud be great here

William McLure

In William McLure’s case, he drilled a hole in the table for the table lamp cord to go into. Fine, if your table is made of plywood and there’s a table-cloth on it all the time. But then, you need a hole in the table-cloth too!

 

Miles Redd - wonderful chinoisierie table lamps with vivid emerald green walls in House Beautiful. Would love a cordless table lamp here.

Miles Redd

In Miles Redd’s gorgeous dining room that he created for his Mom, it’s been said that he threaded the cord between the leaves. Sounds clever, but also dangerous. Over time, those cords could easily lose their outer protective plastic and then we’ll have a massive fire hazard on our hands.

And then, in both cases, we still have to plug the lamp in. Usually, there’s a rug under the table and that means a hole in the rug too! And wires going under the rug.

No bueno.

This holds true for any floating situation where there’s a side table in the middle of the room. Same sitch.

 

White kitchen with lamps on the island. Would love a cordless table lamp here.

designed by Connie Newberry – photo by Jonny Valiant – via House Beautiful

 

Benjamin Dhong kitchen with a table lamp on the counter. Is it a cordless table lamp?

Benjamin Dhong – photo:Lisa Romerein

Then, there is the kitchen island. I can’t think of any way to do this unless there was a hole under the lamp in the counter for the wire to snake through to a source of power.

Benjamin Dhong – photo:Lisa Romerein

Of course, there are additional situations where there is no power cord nearby. Like here, in the above entry. There’s no cord and no outlet either! hmmmm… Photo-shopped out? Perhaps, but let’s get real.

 

Nancy Keyes fabulous kitchen with a wonderful vintage table lamp on the kitchen counter

Remember Nancy Keye’s fabulous kitchen with the gorgeous vintage table lamps? They made the room!

 

But what if we don’t have an outlet nearby? Does that mean we are to use a 10 foot extension cord if we wish to have a table lamp. Yes, we might be able to add a wall socket. Or rather, an electrician could, but sometimes the cost is prohibitive or there’s wallpaper or it’s an old home and wouldn’t be able to handle the additional load.

Or, it’s a rental and we just can’t figure it out.

Oh well… Guess, it’s not to be. We’ll just suffer in darkness.

Or do we have to?

What if we could magically make those cords just disappear?

 

What if we could have a stylish table lamp that worked without the cords?

 

A cordless lamp?

Is there such a thing?

YES, there is such a thing!


Eh, not exactly what you had in mind?

I didn’t think so. :]

 

Fabulous one of a kind vintage Chinoserie cordless table lamp by Modern Lantern

But, how about this?

Fabulous one of a kind vintagecordless table lamp by Modern Lantern

Or this?

Fabulous one of a kind vintage cordless table lamp by Modern LanternOr this?

 

Yes, Virginia, there is such a thing as a cordless table lamp that’s beautiful.

 

Yes, that’s right folks. These are lamps do not have cords and they run on a rechargeable battery. The battery can run for 20 hours and is easy to change.

Oh, Laurel– please tell us where we can get these???

The three lamps above are actually vintage lamps that have been retro-fitted to become battery operated table lamps by a wonderful company

 

Modern Lantern

 

I spoke to the owner, Steve today and he couldn’t have been nicer or more helpful.

By the way. This is NOT a sponsored post. Quite frankly, I don’t care all that much because they don’t pay very much and if I do them, it is always for a product that I genuinely love.

The vintage lamps above are sold on their Etsy shop.

However, they have a gorgeous line of battery powered table lamps and two of them are even able to be used OUTDOORS. Holy crap. This just keeps getting better and better.

Here is a partial view of the line.

 

fabulous cordless table lamps by Modern Vintage - battery operated
Pretty sweet, if you ask me.

The Modern Lantern website is very lovely and they explain in this video that’s also on youtube just how easy it is to change the battery.

It took the woman all of 15 seconds to change the battery; from the time she touched the lamp to the time she put it back on the table. All you need is an extra battery and you can have a steady source of light from the battery.

No question, they Modern Lantern be in the next update of Laurel’s Rolodex. They do sell both to the trade and retail. Designers get a designer discount which varies depending on how many lamps are ordered.

I asked and they have new designs in the works.  Hooray!

How fabulous would something like this be?

Oh, I can think of so many lamps that would be instant hits!

Their system is patented.

And I forgot to ask if they provide a service for them to turn your lamps into battery-powered.

Maybe they will chime in if I send the post to them.

Aren’t you excited? I certainly am.

 

 

In the meantime— for the adventurous of you out there

 

I don’t know if you guys ever saw this, but there is a pretty good tutorial where these folks from the blog View Along The Way tell you how to turn any table lamp into a battery powered lamp.

 

rub in buff makeover and cordless table lamp - from a View Along The Way

Not only does she show you how to fix up the finish with rub ‘n buff. But this is the lamp that they made cordless. BTW, I’ve used rub ‘n buff for years and it’s pretty amazing stuff. They also have a tutorial for making a shaded table lamp cordless.

Quite frankly, unless you really know what you’re doing, I’d probably have an electrician handle it.

What do you guys think?

I’m very much looking forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas.

xo,

 

 

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  • Lucy Haines - February 27, 2017 - 2:37 PM

    Hi Laurel, Thanks to Maria Killam, I found your post. I like it very much and it is super informative! For years I have asked different manufacturers if they could make a battery operated lamp but the answer was that it would be too expensive to change their production and also did not think it would be so productive. Anyway I am sooo happy to find out that a company is finally doing it. The lamps are beautiful and at today’s prices they are not out of range.

    Thank you for your well written and informative blog. I will look forward to your next postReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 27, 2017 - 3:46 PM

      Hi Lucy,

      Thank you so much! Maria is terrific and I’m honored that you found me! That reminds me, the folks from Modern Lantern kindly sent me a lamp to try out and I have to go and do that! It’s interesting, but since they’ve been able to retrofit vintage lamps, the claim made by that manufacturer is not exactly true. They just don’t know HOW. And I think they are wrong. I think that cordless lamps that are stylish would do very well. There are so many applications where it makes so much sense.

      Even in kids’ rooms where you wouldn’t want them playing with the plug and the socket. I remember buzzing myself once or twice as a child. It’s a miracle that any of us survived growing up in 60’s. lolReplyCancel

  • Anne - February 12, 2017 - 9:33 AM

    Laurel, thanks for showing us this EXCITING product! I’ve been waiting for this forever! Of course, I always want a teeny bit more – I hope they can boost the wattage soon so it could be useful for reading in a chair. For now, they’re perfect for other uses and I’ll start showing them to clients immediately. Whoo hoo!
    ~AnneReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 12, 2017 - 11:45 AM

      Hi Anne,

      The wattage is deceiving. The higher wattage for the LED; sorry, it escapes me at this moment is the equivalent of a 60 watt incandescent bulb which IMO is plenty bright to read by.

      I don’t know if you saw. I sent out a note to subscribers Friday night. They are sending me one gratis! It’s on its way.

      So, I’m going to be giving the skinny on it. I may even do a little video.

      About a year ago, I was bemoaning having to lug out my heavy Hoover Wind Tunnel vacuum and wrestling with the cord. Well, a reader on FB told me about her cordless vac.

      I got one post-haste and love it more than life itself! I have two batteries and each runs for exactly 15 minutes. 15 minutes isn’t enough time to do a thorough job in my 800 sq. foot apartment, but 20 is. (It was 40 with the Wind Tunnel and painful). It takes two seconds to switch batteries. I let the used one cool off and stick it back in the charger. ReplyCancel

  • Phyllis E - February 11, 2017 - 11:47 PM

    What a fantastic idea and solution to the “age-old” problem (well, at least since electric lights have been around, LOL)! I used to say that I can’t wait until they have cordless electricity in our homes–but this seems like a much safer alternative. While reading this blog post, I had the feeling like I was seeing the beginning of a revolution—I’ll bet these kinds of lamps will eventually be as common as cordless drills are now.
    I went to the companies web site and they have beautiful lamps, but way, way out of my price range (sigh…) Hopefully the price for lamps like these will eventually come down, like all other technology.
    I’ve always wanted to try Rub n Buff–thanks for posting this!
    Again, thanks for another interesting blog post.
    Happy belated birthday, too!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 12, 2017 - 12:01 AM

      Hi Phyllis,

      I don’t know if the price can come down or not, but lamps in the market-place have gotten SO incredibly expensive in the last few years. It kind of blows my mind when I see lamps for $700 (retail) or so and they aren’t even all that special.ReplyCancel

  • mrsben - February 11, 2017 - 1:13 PM

    IMHO, cordless lamps are way long over due! That said; unfortunately at present I am not in the market for one but do wish Carrie and Stephen success in their business as browsed their selection and feel there is something for everyone, not to mention them offering a discount to your readers is more than generous. -Brenda-
    P.S. FTR two years ago, following Kelly’s (View Along The Way) instructions I managed to covert a table lamp to a cordless one that I do not use all that frequently but was very pleased with the results. Personally I feel the concept is wonderful as it can be moved anywhere plus one does one not have to deal with building codes (outlet installation) and/or insurance regulations (cords running under the carpet etc.) ☺ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 11, 2017 - 11:57 PM

      Hi Brenda,

      How cool that you used Kelly’s tutorial to make your own cordless lamp– proving that it’s for real!ReplyCancel

      • mrsben - February 12, 2017 - 10:28 AM

        As for my project; the lamp I did it to is one with a harp ‘n shade and is used namely for accent and brightening up a corner. Upon Kelly’s suggestion I did use the eight size AA battery pack and strongly recommend that one follows her links for the supplies required. To conclude, something I will add is for those who wish to try it, ensure that your lamp will accommodate the battery pack which measures: 2 1/4″ w (5.7 cm) x 2 5/8″ l (6.3 cm) x 1 l/4″ (3cm) dp. *Allow for some wiggle-room and note that if your lamp is a tri-light the LED lights will only function as one. Also for attaching/reattaching the base bottom in lieu of velcro, any type of removable glue/tape will do. i.e.: Something similar to what is used in scrap-booking projects. Hopefully, that isn’t too much information Laurel .. ☺.
        -Brenda-ReplyCancel

        • Laurel Bern - February 12, 2017 - 11:56 AM

          Hi Brenda,

          Not TMI at all! Thank you so much! I admire your courage!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - February 11, 2017 - 11:57 AM

    I love the concept but paying $300-500 for a table lamp is absurd! I don’t know how people can justify that. I guess I’ll have to wait ten years until technology catches up and they’re made cheaper.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 11, 2017 - 12:08 PM

      Hi Jen,

      While there are certainly still some less expensive lamps out there, that price is actually in the moderate range. I know… I think it’s a lot too, but that’s the way it is.ReplyCancel

  • Patricia Haley - February 10, 2017 - 8:13 PM

    this is brilliant – thank you for sharing! Can’t wait to purchase one!

    PatReplyCancel

  • carrie fitzwater - February 10, 2017 - 3:50 PM

    We are thrilled the both of you found us too;) Thanks so much ladies for the exposure, this lil innovative lamp company thanks you!ReplyCancel

  • Leah Ansel - February 10, 2017 - 6:45 AM

    Hey Laurel!

    This is genius! Just what I needed to see today : )

    You are AMAZING, Lady!!!
    xox LeahReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 10, 2017 - 11:57 AM

      Hi Leah,

      I knew that somebody out there had to be doing this and I’m not sure why there aren’t more, but maybe that’s coming.ReplyCancel

  • Rosalee - February 9, 2017 - 6:35 PM

    Hi Laurel! Great post and wonderful lamps. Makes me happy. I would love a battery powered chandelier. I think this would be great say in a room you wanted to easily convert to a dining room. No electrician, no holes in walls, etc.

    And, more importantly, Happy Happy Birthday (a little late 😩). Hugs to you.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 9, 2017 - 6:44 PM

      Never too late for happy birthday! I’m thinking about this. It would still need to hang from the ceiling, and the battery would need to be easily accessible, but there are a lot of designs that would lend themselves to that. I like that idea!ReplyCancel

  • Mark Roberts - February 9, 2017 - 6:29 PM

    Hi Laurel,

    Very exciting news indeed! Whenever possible, I like to place a single or pair of lamps in a bathroom. I feel it warms up the space. Especially effective in a quest/powder room. My clients will tell me they love the effect, but are a bit nervous having a lamp in the the bathroom. This will be a great problem solver & solution.

    Thanks for posting!
    All the best,
    MarkReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 9, 2017 - 6:41 PM

      Hi Mark,

      And a bathroom is a great place to have one, because the light isn’t usually on for a long time.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy - February 9, 2017 - 6:19 PM

    Helllo Laurel,
    I had 30 people over for dinner at Christmas. I had my husband change 6 lamps to clear cords. You can make them any length. He bought them at Home Depot at a low cost. You could also take them to a lamp place to fix if you don’t have a great husband. They are nearly invisible and no need for new batteries!
    CathyReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 9, 2017 - 6:39 PM

      Hi Cathy,

      That’s a great idea but it’s not the cords showing, but that the source of electricity is too far away or impractical to plug in. So, yes, we still need the batteries for those situations. Any lamp near a wall will not need to be battery operated. It’s the ones floating in the middle of the room that are a problem.ReplyCancel

  • Sonya Wiley - February 9, 2017 - 5:45 PM

    I use Peek on all of my brass and silver; found it on Amazon via Eddie Ross’ book, works wonders! I had never had any success with the other brass polishes out there, this stuff is amazing!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 9, 2017 - 6:37 PM

      Hi Sonya,

      I’ve never heard of Peek, but I think the issue with the desk lamp in the post is that the finish itself is too shiny, not very interesting.ReplyCancel

  • susie - February 9, 2017 - 5:34 PM

    my new condo had an outlet in the floor in the middle of the room. The room has to serve as a dining area on one half and living room on the other half. And the room is too small for a sofa. So instead of a sofa I put two arm chairs with a “side table” in between the two arm chairs with a lamp on it. The cord for the lamp goes right down to the outlet in the floor. The “side table” kind of looks like a drum, it is solid on the top with curvy metal strips on the sides. So it all works out OK. You can’t really tell the cord is snaking its way down to the outlet in the floor.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 9, 2017 - 6:36 PM

      Hi Susie,

      That is an example of where it wouldn’t be necessary to use a cordless lamp. Some people don’t understand that it’s not the cord that’s the issue, but that the source of electricity is too far away or impractical to plug in.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Hamilton - February 9, 2017 - 4:38 PM

    I LOVE this! Lamps are always in a tangle at my house. I have a floating table between to sofas that are back to back and threading cords to a nondescript place is really hard to do. These lamps are pretty and practical. Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 9, 2017 - 6:33 PM

      Hi Stephanie,

      Yes, that is the perfect situation for them!ReplyCancel

  • Marisa Hawk - February 9, 2017 - 4:15 PM

    Modern Lantern just worked with us on an episode of Tiny House Nation. Such wonderful people and I’m SO glad you found them and have done this blog post about them! We used their lamps in a micro house we built in Hawaii that is completely powered by solar. This episode will air something later this year and I hope it helps pump up the volume for them, too. For off the grid homes, these are a great solution because power usage has to be managed so carefully. Think of all those little cabins in the woods, camping trips, etc. FUNReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 9, 2017 - 6:32 PM

      Hi Marisa,

      That’s so wonderful to hear that. I’m glad I found them too!ReplyCancel

  • Carol - February 9, 2017 - 3:30 PM

    Hi Laurel Love your posts, I always learn something that I did’t know. While we’er talking about table lamps/cords could you cover the best placements of bedside & reading lights on the wall. Here’s the problem, 4 poster Q bed, thick mattress, floor to the top of mattress 33″. To top of headboard 42″. But the nightstand is only 26″ high. So most bedside lamps are too short, so if you use lighting on the wall for reading, do you put an adjustable wall light between the posts or outside of posts. Don’t like overhead lighting as its terrible for reading. Do you just get higher side tables. Plus with these high mattresses these days and all the pillows on the bed you don’t even see the headboard anymore..lol Is there just some sort measurements you use to arrive at the best solution? If you can talk this that would be great thanks.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 9, 2017 - 3:52 PM

      Hi Carol,

      Whoa. Well, we’re talking numerous issues here which is why I can’t get into this in comments. Not that you’re asking me to do this in a comment. But 33″ to the top of the mattress is exceedingly high. It does not need to be that high no matter how thick your mattress.

      42″ for a headboard is a low height for a traditional bed. Average is 50″-60″ So, there are problems on multiple fronts.ReplyCancel

  • Valarie Finch - February 9, 2017 - 12:27 PM

    What a wonderful idea! This will solve so many issues with floating furniture and being able to use lamps without cords. Thank you so much!!!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 9, 2017 - 1:25 PM

      Hi Valarie,

      Yes, I just got off the phone with Carrie Fitzwater, the wife of Stephen who I spoke with yesterday. What lovely folks! And I learned a few new things.

      But the floating furniture issue is the primary reason they developed this company. It’s all very interesting.

      And they are sending me a lamp to try out! I can’t wait!ReplyCancel

  • nancy keyes - February 9, 2017 - 11:27 AM

    Laurel, Thanks for the mention again! You are the best PR agent! And Love the idea of the cordless lamps. Great ideas! XOReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 9, 2017 - 1:22 PM

      Hi Nancy,

      I am grateful for the use of all of your beautiful images and I haven’t even gotten to them all yet! xoxoReplyCancel

  • Jerry - February 9, 2017 - 11:18 AM

    Another option in certain situations would be to use wireless extension cords. Then there would be no limit in time light can be used and no changing and charging batteries.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 9, 2017 - 1:21 PM

      Hi Jerry,

      I’ve never heard of a wireless extension cord. I need to look into that. But that certainly is an awesome idea if it works!ReplyCancel

      • Jerry - February 9, 2017 - 9:17 PM

        So sorry! On further research on the website offering these for sale, it turns out that these don’t actually exist. Once again, my sincere apologies.ReplyCancel

        • Laurel Bern - February 9, 2017 - 10:05 PM

          no need to apologize. maybe one day, they’ll figure out how to make electricity travel without wires. :]ReplyCancel

  • Cathryn Murphy - February 9, 2017 - 11:05 AM

    Good Morning from your #1 fan…I’m a long time designer with a very practical streak and mostly do form over function designs…LOL.. After having our local 130 yr old hardware store shorten a cord to exactly the length needed, I then paint it and the outlet cover the color of the wall!! Disappearing cord–happy designer!! (I have driven my clients nuts with this, tho)

    Also cut small slits in rugs and carpet for cords in the middle of a room with no way to do a floor outlet.

    Kitchen counter lamps are one of my design trademarks—just have the cord shortened and place an accessory or plant in front of the outlet. (I’ve also been known to shorten the cord on a toaster–ha!)

    CORDS—-the bane of my existence!!

    Love you, Laurel—–CatReplyCancel

    • Susan - February 11, 2017 - 9:19 PM

      Painting the cord – brilliant! Thank you for the suggestion (and why didnt I think of that before?) 🙂ReplyCancel

    • nancy keyes - February 9, 2017 - 2:15 PM

      What a great idea! We are snowed in and I was looking for a project. I am getting my paints out to paint the cords of the lamps in my kitchen. (The first picture on Laurel’s blog) I have several floor outlets and also have cut chunks out of rugs. I hate my toaster cord and always unplug it and hide it behind the toaster. Now I will have it shortened. Thank you from Laurel’s #2 fan! (I thought I was #1)
      NancyReplyCancel

      • Laurel Bern - February 9, 2017 - 3:48 PM

        Hi Nancy,

        I’m snowed in too, but have to go to the post office which is good half mile away. yuck.

        We can have more than #1 fan. lolReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 9, 2017 - 1:20 PM

      Hi Cathryn,

      Thanks so much. Actually, it’s not the cords per se, it’s going to extremes like cutting holes in tables and rugs. Did mention that. And yes, we’ve done that, but on further reflection, it was pointed out to me that it is a fire hazard if people are repeatedly walking over wires that could become frayed over time.

      But I do love your suggestions and also love lamps in the kitchen! The perimeter isn’t a problem usually.ReplyCancel

  • L Winn - February 9, 2017 - 11:00 AM

    I am blown away! This is exactly what I have needed on a living room table behind sofa. I gave up and put a plant there instead but now have lamp possibilities 😀❤️️ And the lamps to choose from are so good looking. Once again thanks so much, Laurel.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 9, 2017 - 11:05 AM

      Hi L,

      So glad to have found this wonderful company! I’m excited to see what else they have coming down the pike. But yes, the current offerings are handsome!

      I think I forgot to mention that they have three different base options and if one comes with a certain color base, it is possible to custom order it with a different base.ReplyCancel

  • nancy - February 9, 2017 - 10:43 AM

    as always you are a plethora of knowledge. thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - February 9, 2017 - 10:16 AM

    Gorgeous! Thank you for keeping us so well informed.ReplyCancel

  • Melody - February 9, 2017 - 10:14 AM

    Love, love, love the battery powered lamp options. So pretty.

    As an alternative, don’t know if you’re aware of these. I’m putting two of them in my quartz countertop. Voila’ – still cords, but shorter. Handy for small appliances, too.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01CB6KKPA/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_3?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ADI8VVZV6PZVYReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 9, 2017 - 10:45 AM

      Hi Melody,

      Forgive me, but what on earth is that? and how does the cord reach it if it’s below the counter or table? Or does it have to come up to have something plugged in?

      I did consider a plug flush with the counter but that has problems because of liquids spilling and there are still plugs, only the plug would have to bend at an obtuse angle. ReplyCancel

      • Melody - February 9, 2017 - 1:41 PM

        I saw them in England. It’s installed flush with the countertop. The device’s plug is on the bottom, underneath. (I have electrical outlets hidden underneath the counter.) Then the sockets pop up for use. (Picture 3)
        I liked the idea of fewer outlets on the backsplash.ReplyCancel

        • Laurel Bern - February 9, 2017 - 1:54 PM

          Hi Melody,

          I would need to see a photo of this. Do you have one somewhere or know where I can see one? I’m having trouble understanding how the device plugs in underneath the counter unless there’s a hole for the cord to go underneath. I’ve seen that in a corporate office situation.

          But again, that would mean a hole in the counter which isn’t so great. But maybe I’m not understanding how this works. Always like to learn new things!ReplyCancel

          • Val - February 9, 2017 - 5:09 PM

            I’ve seen such a thing in a show room. The device doesn’t plug underneath the counter. When there is nothing plugged, the outlets are under the counter and you see only the metal (or whatever) top, which is level with the counter. If you want to plug anything, you have to press the top, and the outlet pops up. I suppose it is convenient with laptops or other devices that are not constantly there. If you have a lamp though, when it is unplugged, the cord would be still there.

          • Laurel Bern - February 9, 2017 - 6:34 PM

            Hi Val,

            Well, in a beautiful $200,000 kitchen, that wouldn’t really work so well, IMO. That’s if one wants lamps on the island. On the counter, is no problem. Thanks for sharing that info.

  • Paula Van Hoogen - February 9, 2017 - 10:02 AM

    BEST INVENTION IN A LONG WHILE!!!
    And you found it, Laurel!
    Of all the products and services you offer– these kind of discoveries make me realize how blessed I am to have found YOU, Laurel.
    Thank you!
    PaulaReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 9, 2017 - 10:38 AM

      Thanks so much Paula. If something or someone is out there, I will find it/them. I should be working for the FBI. lolReplyCancel

  • spatterware - February 9, 2017 - 8:52 AM

    On this subject, Sister Parrish always, as the last act of redoing a house, would have all the lamp cords shortened so there was no hang-down. Of course that meant you always had to keep the same furniture arrangement. She would love the idea of these lamps. Although I think she’d want some different, more classic, shapes.

    Designers seem to be quite concerned about hiding the utilitarian elements of a room. When our house was photographed for a magazine, the stylists carefully concealed all the back splash outlets in the kitchen with artfully placed canisters or a cookbook leaning upright, cover closed, to hide the outlet. A kind of designer fig-leaf. I have a little problem with the “staged” aspect of interior design at times!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 9, 2017 - 10:37 AM

      Hi Spatterware,

      I know. I’m not like that. And I saw a famous designer recently, although for the life of me, can’t remember who, but there was the side table with the cord dangling and I loved it!ReplyCancel

  • Eileen - February 9, 2017 - 5:49 AM

    These are fantastic! I don’t think 20 hours is unreasonable for battery life. Don’t you only turn on a lamp at most a few hours a day? Particularly lamps such as these used strategically in your home (ie the dining room table covered in books)? Love this post and happy birthday!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 9, 2017 - 10:35 AM

      Hi Eileen,

      I agree. 20 hours is pretty long. I get 15 minutes with my cordless vacuum cleaner. I have two batteries and just switch them and voila. I can also vacuum in half the time because it’s so light, I just fly through the apartment. lol

      Dining room table covered with books. haha!ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn - February 9, 2017 - 5:06 AM

    Do it! I’ve decided to keep the awkward listed cupboards in our bedroom out in the open by turning them into bedside tables. (I know you said to cover them Laurel but you couldn’t see the ceiling moulding in the pictures I sent for the blog and I just couldn’t bring myself to cover that up). So I bought some beautiful lamps and drilled a hole directly under them and put the power source in the back of the cupboard below so they just sit ‘cordless’ on top. They look beautiful and like they were always meant to be there. While I was at it, I also put a three-way touch light switch either side of the bed so you can control the lamps from the entryway and either side of the bed – so you can turn all the lighting on and off without having to get out of bed or walk around the bed! I still need to get the plasterer back to make good all the chasing but it was totally worth it. If you’ve got the opportunity to make your lights cordless and/or controllable at a distance do it!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 9, 2017 - 10:34 AM

      Hi Kathryn,

      You’ll have to send me a photo. Sounds terrific! I did see the ceiling moulding. It would’ve been a little tricky, yes, to fix that.ReplyCancel

  • Cyndia M. - February 9, 2017 - 2:28 AM

    I’ll admit, I’m intrigued by this. I went to the tutorials and I’m not impressed. I doubt the quality of light would be what I’m used to. But I’ve turned this project over to my electrically minded and inventive hubby, in hopes that he can figure this out to my satisfaction. That’s how we work in this house, anyway; I give him the challenge, and he figures out how to create what I want. Except for the million dollars. He hasn’t figured that out yet.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 9, 2017 - 9:58 AM

      Hi Cyndia,

      lol on the million dollars. Well, maybe this is the key right here?

      The 5 watt LED (I think that is correct) is the equivalent in lumens of a 60 watt incandescent bulb. I have nothing in my home more than 60 watts and some at 40 watts. And it’s a warm light, not the icy cold of some LEDs which I can’t stand.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Connolly - February 8, 2017 - 11:33 PM

    A great idea but 20hrs doesn’t seem that long…I’m trying to cut back on household errands:) once they get to 100hrs or so I might be interested…until then beautiful lamps but too much maintenance for lazy me!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 8, 2017 - 11:47 PM

      Yeah, I’m lazy too.

      I probably didn’t make myself that clear. The batteries are rechargeable. You just take out the battery and replace it with a fresh one. Then, put that one back in the charger. It takes no time at all.

      It uses a special LED light bulb that gives off a nice warm light.

      This is really only for situations where having a lamp with a cord is next to impossible. I agree, if it were more than two lamps, it would be a little tedious.ReplyCancel

  • Gail Caryn - February 8, 2017 - 11:28 PM

    Yeah. Thank you for this post. I’ll reboot the search for vintage lamps for the sideboard. I’m excited now. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Atlantic - February 8, 2017 - 11:05 PM

    So glad you mentioned Rub N’ Buff. I am tempted to use it on two applications but have been too scared:

    1) glass coffee table with a nice gold tone base but the gold is shiny and I prefer a subdued matte gold–will this get on the carpets and transfer paint/stain/discoloration? will it transfer to one’s hands when we move it for holidays?

    2) light fixtures with a matte nickel finish that might be better with an old bronze finish

    Any downsides? words of wisdom? warnings ? it is reversible or permanent?

    Tutorial would be grand!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 8, 2017 - 11:42 PM

      Hi Atlantic,

      Oh my. I never used it for a coffee table. I used it for sconces and things like that. And as I recall, I sprayed them first with a primer. And I did weird things like combine it with shoe polish and other pigments sometimes. Just depends what I was doing.

      So, the light fixture is easier. The table, I’m not sure because I don’t know if there’s a lacquer coating. Best advice is to research and see if you can find anything. Or, go to that blog with the lamp where she used rub ‘n buff.

      A tutorial from me would drive one to the loony bin! hahaReplyCancel

  • Rosemary - February 8, 2017 - 10:35 PM

    Dearest and best Laurel–
    You did it! I can’t believe how you pursued my question until you found an answer we can all benefit from. You are a multi-multi star blogger!
    Many thanks, RosemaryReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 8, 2017 - 10:38 PM

      Hi Rosemary,

      Oh, that is so sweet! I was curious too and also, I enjoy a challenge and love doing investigative research. Weird, a little, I know.ReplyCancel

  • Susan - February 8, 2017 - 10:03 PM

    I am Elated!

    I recently invested in Currey & Co. Meadowsweet lamp – it was calling my name BUT it arrived and it has a bright pee yellow cord! Like flourescent pee. Oh the sadness – but look — you have provided an option! Thank you so much!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 8, 2017 - 10:14 PM

      Hi Susan,

      I looked up that lamp. It is expensive! Currey used to be much more moderate. Oh well. Good luck with that!ReplyCancel

      • Susan - February 9, 2017 - 11:07 PM

        I think it was listed incorrectly – or on discount due to the cord colour – $349.00 (canadian) so I snapped it up and it arrived in lovely shape – just that very bright yellow. So If I can’t live with it, at least you have given me some options to think about down the road. Thank you – your posts make my day!ReplyCancel

        • Laurel Bern - February 10, 2017 - 11:50 AM

          Thanks so much Susan! I saw the price at a couple of online sources as 1,090 bucks. Here’s one.

          http://bit.ly/2kXjd8f

          That would make it about 1,423 Canadian! So, that’s an insane discount, not to mention markup!ReplyCancel

  • Nicola - February 8, 2017 - 9:48 PM

    Practical and pretty – so much more of what we need in our designing, light -filled lives!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 8, 2017 - 9:58 PM

      Hi Nicola,

      Imagine if they partnered with Visual Comfort or something like that? I don’t know if that would work, but it seems that this is something that could be very big in the world of design. It’s a very practical solution.ReplyCancel

  • Ann Dwelle - February 8, 2017 - 9:48 PM

    Really excited about this! I loved the lamp post but in my new house the lamps would be in the middle of the room and there is no way I will have cords running across the walking areas! BUT – my husband is a retired electrical/instrumentation inspector! So he can do this! Can’t wait to show this to him and start shopping for (much lower priced than any you have shown but hopefully I can apply what I have learned from the blog) lamps in the new future.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 8, 2017 - 9:56 PM

      Hi Ann,

      Oh yes, if your husband is electrically handy, then he could definitely create a cordless lamp with the tutorials I linked to. How exciting!ReplyCancel

  • Brooke - February 8, 2017 - 9:45 PM

    So smart! Love etsy. ❤️ I am thinking that a small tap light could be hidden in these lamps so the batteries wouldn’t have to be charged so often. Lazy i am!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 8, 2017 - 9:55 PM

      Hi Brooke,

      I’m lazy too. :]

      It’s a good idea but I don’t think they’ll work as well for a lot of reasons. They also need recharging and/or the batteries replaced which would be a bigger pain.

      I had to look them up. I always called those puck lights. And the wattage is usually 10 watts. These lamps are either 40 or 60 watts. The puck lights take 3 double A batteries. It’s not nearly as efficient and it couldn’t go in a traditional lamp.

      If you look on the modern lantern website, you’ll see how easy it is to change the battery. (or click on the link in the post. The video is only half a minute and it really did take her 15 seconds from start to finish.) It does run for 20 hours. ReplyCancel

  • Sandy Fisher - February 8, 2017 - 9:43 PM

    Laurel I love YOU!
    I have so many places where I need these lamps. Everyone of your posts is very interesting. Please keep up your wonderful work.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 8, 2017 - 9:47 PM

      Thanks so much Sandy! It’s really you guys. You inspire me every day!ReplyCancel

  • m minichiello - February 8, 2017 - 9:23 PM

    So clever! Those antique lamps are amazing.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 8, 2017 - 9:38 PM

      Hi M,

      Yes, I’d love to know if one can send in some antique lamps for them to convert.ReplyCancel

  • Emily - February 8, 2017 - 9:19 PM

    This is SO neat! I wish that they did sell the converter kits. I am too cheap at this point in my life to spend $350 on a lamp – one day hopefully I can afford that!! 😉ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 8, 2017 - 9:37 PM

      Hi Emily,

      Even if they did sell them, it’s not easy to convert. It’s a completely different system and probably something like the tutorial, but more sophisticated. ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Henderson - February 8, 2017 - 9:17 PM

    Brilliant! I didn’t even know these existed! Thank you!!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 8, 2017 - 9:36 PM

      Hi Lisa,

      I had seen the make a lamp cordless but didn’t know about this company. It took a little while to find too.ReplyCancel

  • Celeste - February 8, 2017 - 9:12 PM

    This is amazing.ReplyCancel