How do you add lights to a wood plank wall?

The walls in our cabin are 1x8 planks. It is very dark inside and we would like to add more lighting. How can this be accomplished without removing the planks? If the planks are removed it would mean removing trim also. Thanks!

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  • Without ripping up all your walls to run electrical wiring, how about adding more floor, table and task lamps? Add some mirror decor to bounce the light around.

    Or bite the bullet and hire an electrician to run all new electrical wiring for you.

  • Becca Becca on Mar 22, 2018
    You can get light kits, or put one together yourself. Conduit can be run from an existing electric plug. Conduit is a channel that can be run along the wall eithout opening the wood wall up. You then can run it up the wall to install wall sconces. You can locate the sconces anywhere you like.

    • Wanda Wanda on Mar 23, 2018
      Conduit! Knew someone would have the answer! Thanks

  • Dianna Dianna on Mar 22, 2018
    How about plug in wall scone lamps. Many styles available so they don’t look like a hotel and this looks like a plank wall.

  • Jcraw Jcraw on Mar 22, 2018
    Yes, lots of companies offer great swing arm lamps. You can also do a great country chandelier that you can attach to the ceiling but swag with lengths of dark colored chain to the wall.

    • Wanda Wanda on Mar 23, 2018
      Don't you just love Pinterest?!? I saved some of the pins. Great ideas

  • Jcraw Jcraw on Mar 23, 2018
    I agree with Dmorrow above. Lots of these available online at and others. I’ve used several of these companies and been very pleased.
    Also consider a chandelier. Even if you need to plug it in, changing that wiring not that difficult and added chain relatively inexpensive. Just swag it where you want it.
    Personally, I’d hire an electrician and do that right and then it’s done forever (when and if you choose to sell).

    • Wanda Wanda on Mar 23, 2018
      Thanks for the info. I will be looking at those websites

    you could make design on the wood with rope lights