My Long Dark Hallway Needed Some Lights.

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My hallway was very plain and dark. It needed some sprucing up.

On the other side of this blank wall is my closet.

I did not get a before photo, but this is a window from an old storm door that I had laying around. I sprayed the back side of the windows with Rust-Oleum Frosted Glass so you could not see through them.

I added LED strip lighting on the back side of the wood framing. The lights come in different colors, but I chose white, and they have a sticky backing that adheres to the frame.

This is a closeup of the lights. There's an adapter that plugs into the end and this plugs into my timer. It's set to come on during the daytime only.

These are just L brackets that the window hangs on. It is out of the way so no one gets close enough to bump into it and possibly fall on them.

I added a lacy valance on the top and on the wall it went. Everyone that sees it thinks it's a real window. It brightens up the hall and makes me smile every time I walk by.

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  • Leah Robison
    Leah Robison
    on Sep 29, 2018

    Holy cow! I love it! I just need to track down a window. I'm doing this one. Is it too bright to leave on at night?

    • Veronica
      on Feb 22, 2020

      I think you can buy these strip LED lights that have a dimmer built in. Check Amazon.

  • Lori
    on Sep 29, 2018

    I love the idea. We have the same type hallway. Does it use electricity or is it battery operated? 👍❤️

    • Grace
      on Mar 10, 2021

      Jamie Tyler Smith, where would I get the small solar panels for this?

  • Catherine Boland
    Catherine Boland
    on Sep 6, 2020

    Is the timer part of the led lights? So want these lights and timer for under my kitchen cupboards. Your project is really cool. What a bright idea, pardon the pun.

    • Tina Mcnicholas
      Tina Mcnicholas
      on Feb 11, 2021

      I have the darkest kitchen in the world! I’ve changed my ceiling light so many times I’ve lost count! Nothing helps! I bought a strip of led lights and put them under my cabinets and it’s perfect! I love it! And all my friends comment on what have you done to your kitchen? I love it! Greatest home improvement in the world for me!

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  • Joyce Thiery
    Joyce Thiery
    on Mar 11, 2021

    If I hadn't known that the "window" was put there, I would have thought it was a real window.


  • Anna
    on Mar 14, 2021

    This is a stroke of genius!! It looks just like it's a window with sunlight! I love the way you think!! Solve a problem with something you already have!! Well, add a little extra! That window is a thing of beauty!! Well done!!

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