Welcome to Day 3 of our IKEA BILLY bookcase library wall reveal! We did the before and after of the library wall, showed how we installed and wired hidden speakers and our sound system, and now it’s time for the lights.
When I was looking at inspiration images of libraries, one thing I knew I wanted to incorporate into our library wall was placing brass lights along the top. There are a lot of great options out there, but alas, I am a girl on a tight budget. Most of the lights I loved came with a hefty price tag. It was time to search for an alternative. When I say tight budget I mean meager, small, miniscule! I wanted to keep each light $20 or less. To dream the impossible dream…
Guess what?? I found some!! It took a little searching but I came across these polished brass picture lights at www.lightbulbemporium.com for only $13.49 each and they were pretty perfect. I knew I wanted lights on cords and the light to be 14′ across. I also wanted an adjustable bracket so I could angle them to my lighting needs. This fit the bill so I ordered 4 to go above each bookcase. The shipping was also inexpensive which was a relief!
Note: Since this post was published the picture lights used in the project are no longer available. You can source similar ones by searching 14″ brass picture lights or here are some I found that are really close: brass picture lights.
Now to put them on remote control. There is no way I was going to go up on a ladder and turn each light on. That’s crazy! So, we purchased a 6 outlet surge protector with 4 “always on” outlets with a remote. You can find these at home improvement stores. We purchased ours at Lowes.
Available at Lowes
Remember our dead front access panel from yesterday’s post? Well, this is where we mounted the surge protector. That front panel pops off and we can access the surge protector if we need to. This is also a great little cubby for hiding things, like presents. Shhhh! Don’t tell the kids!
We installed the four picture lights across the top board centered over each bookcase. Then, we ran the cords to the surge protector mounted on the wall. The surge protector runs on an extension cord that plugs into the same outlet the receiver uses. Completely hidden and the best part is the lights turn on and off by the remote. We still have two regular outlets left on the power strip if we ever want to use them for anything.
They do sell LED wireless picture lights on remote, but I didn’t like the light they gave. At night, these give off a nice soft light. They also carry the light bulbs for these at www.lightbulbemporium.com so I ordered plenty of extras for future needs. I would recommend this when using picture lights, because I have heard horror stories of people having a hard time finding replacement bulbs.
Tomorrow we are going to show you how we made our BILLY bookcases look built-in. See you Thursday!
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