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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  • Eve Campbell Shumate Eve Campbell Shumate on Feb 23, 2016
    Where is this lighting sold? Great idea!

  • Rebecca Balent Rebecca Balent on Feb 23, 2016
    Where did you find the lights?

  • Wnk2221758 Wnk2221758 on Feb 23, 2016
    Where did you determine the lights this is wonderful

  • Wnk2221758 Wnk2221758 on Feb 23, 2016
    Where did you purchase the lights

  • Rhonda Umlah Rhonda Umlah on Feb 23, 2016
    Thanks for this. I have a dark stairwell leading to my 2nd floor landing.Someday I will put a skylight in but for now I may try something like this to brighten it up.

    • Mary Mary on Feb 23, 2016
      I have a Solartube installed in my 2nd floor ceiling. Way cheaper than installing a small skylight it delivers all the day light I want up there. You might want to look it on gOogle. Mine is 12 yrs old and still working fine.

  • Diane shepard Diane shepard on Feb 23, 2016
    Do you have it on a timer? What about nightime is it still lit up then?

  • Sue914450 Sue914450 on Feb 23, 2016
    Did you need to buy connectors for the bends in the strip lighting?

  • Patti Patti on Feb 23, 2016
    I have been trying for a year to come up with something like this for a small bathroom with no window. This is terrific! I never thought about a timer......As with all of us where did you find the lights???

  • Sharo Sharo on Feb 23, 2016
    Are the lights battery operated???? Road do you have a plug???

    • Connie Chrisman Hatch Connie Chrisman Hatch on Feb 23, 2016
      The lights are not battery powered. They have a connection on the end of the lights that plug into the wall socket. I just added a timer so I didn't have to unplug it at night.

  • Lisa G. Lisa G. on Feb 23, 2016
    Beautiful! btw, love the paint color. Do you remember what paint you used? I'd like to try it in my living room/kitchen!

  • Teresa H Teresa H on Feb 23, 2016
    What color did you paint the hall walls?

  • Kimberly Stiglich-Myers Kimberly Stiglich-Myers on Feb 23, 2016
    Where do you find this type of lights?

  • Judith DeBord Judith DeBord on Feb 23, 2016
    Where did you purc;hase the lights/on timer?

    • Jean Turner Jean Turner on Feb 24, 2016
      You can purchase the lights at Lowes and they come with a remote control

    • Connie Chrisman Hatch Connie Chrisman Hatch on Feb 24, 2016
      I purchased the lights from Ebay. You have to buy the attachment separate to connect to the wall outlet. I just used a cheap timer I had for my Christmas lights.

  • Eli4763689 Eli4763689 on Feb 23, 2016
    Is there a certain brightness of led for your project? Do they come in certain wattages?

    • Connie Chrisman Hatch Connie Chrisman Hatch on Feb 24, 2016
      I'm not sure about the brightness on these. I bought them several years ago on Ebay. They come in different lengths and had to cut off about 4'.

    • Connie Chrisman Hatch Connie Chrisman Hatch on Feb 24, 2016
      I purchased the lights from Ebay. You have to buy the attachment separate to connect to the wall outlet. I just used a cheap timer I had for my Christmas lights.

    • Lise charbonneau Lise charbonneau on Feb 24, 2016
      I bought some too and my husband installed it under our Motorhome's awning. Some nights he feels like blue, some clear some various colors...They are nice and saves me from missing the steps @ night when I decide a breath of fresh air is needed.

    • John LaBombard John LaBombard on Mar 21, 2016
      Some I've seen on amazon have remotes that allow you to change color and brightness.

  • Michelle Michelle on Feb 24, 2016
    What power source?

    • Connie Chrisman Hatch Connie Chrisman Hatch on Feb 25, 2016
      There is an attachment that plugs onto the end of the lights. The lights came from Ebay and you can buy it at the same time. That allows you to plug them into the wall receptable. I added a simple timer that was used on my Christmas lights.

  • Sje223824 Sje223824 on Feb 28, 2016
    Hi I have a question re: the LED lights ropes or strips?. Did you use LED rope ?? or strips lights ?? just in the bottom or did you go around the entire window?

    • Connie Chrisman Hatch Connie Chrisman Hatch on Feb 29, 2016
      The lights are strips with a sticky backing. I used them on all the wood parts that are around each glass frame as seen in the third picture. They show up as white strips in that picture. I had to purchase a small attachment (from the same vender as the lights, on E-bay) to be able to plug them into the wall socket. Luckily there was a recepticle closeby.

  • Kelly Kampf Sullivan Kelly Kampf Sullivan on Feb 29, 2016
    Do you recall which vendor you purchased the lights through? I looked on eBay and they have so many.

  • Tammy Tammy on Mar 01, 2016
    Where is it plugged in? There's no outlet.

  • Carol Carol on Apr 23, 2016
    How did you prevent the light from coming out the sides??

    • Cat3718429 Cat3718429 on Jun 27, 2016
      Thanks for asking this questions Carol.. I am wondering the same thing..

    • Carol Carol on Jun 27, 2016
      Am waiting for the answer...

    • DORLIS DORLIS on Jun 27, 2016
      Could you add a narrow strip of wood to the sides that would fill in any gaps?

    • Carol Carol on Jun 27, 2016
      Now that's a good idea. Thanx

    • Linda Flim Connolly Linda Flim Connolly on Oct 10, 2016
      Weather stripping.

    • Lynne Webb Lynne Webb on Oct 22, 2016
      Yes, Linda. Good thought. Foam, self adhesive insulation should fill any irregularities and conform nicely.

    • Maxie9999 Maxie9999 on Oct 24, 2016
      If you look at the picture with the light strip on it you will notice that the back of the window there is about an inch or more recess to the frame. I would also think that if you put weather stripping on the frame it would totally block all the light coming around the sides, top and bottom. Looks great I have the same type of hall that leads to my bedrooms. Think that I might try this too.

  • Linda kelley Linda kelley on Jun 27, 2016
    Is there something else I could use if I dont have a electrical outlet near.

    • Linda kelley Linda kelley on Jun 28, 2016
      Well, it's a great idea!

    • Simon hextall Simon hextall on Aug 14, 2016
      I brought some thin battery powered lights from Amazon for around £6.00 they are self adhesive the battery box was very thin too.

    • Linda kelley Linda kelley on Dec 17, 2016
      Thank you so much!

    • Lisa Lisa on Jan 18, 2017
      Ingenious! Looks like the real thing 😱

    • Pat Pat on May 06, 2017
      Not the best answer, but I have hallway like the one pictured and I put a small lamp on a little cabinet for light. I ran an extension cord carefully into the room to the right of it and plugged it in. Over time the cord kept appearing so I put a small hole in the wall and another in the bedroom next to it and ran the extension cord through. The light works and for holidays I can put up Christmas, Halloween, Easter lights at the end of the hallway.
      But I like this window idea BEST! Great for night and day!

    • Margaret rourke Margaret rourke on May 27, 2017
      Good way to start a fire

  • Bgl12617425 Bgl12617425 on Oct 25, 2016
    Could I do this with a long mirror?

    • Connie Chrisman Hatch Connie Chrisman Hatch on Oct 26, 2016
      Yes, but the lights would only show around the outside edges, not thru the mirror. You could possibly attach a piece of scrap 1x1 (or smaller) on the back of the frame, top and bottom so it doesn't sit flat against the wall. Post a picture when you're finished!

    • Laura Torres Strickland Laura Torres Strickland on Oct 31, 2016
      I have a 4 paned window frame with a mirror behind it. The frame even has a ledge. Everyone thinks it's a window.

    • Jim L Jim L on May 06, 2017
      At first I thought that it would be "less than good looking". Was I ever wrong! What a great idea. I an going to adapt this for a "windowless" kitchen.

  • Dorothy Dorothy on Dec 28, 2016
    love the idea but wondering where you purchased the lighting strip from?I am going to try this idea on a room that has 1 window and gets hardly any natural light due to being on the north side of the house.I hope it works and my nosy neighbour finds something else to look at..the frosted glass should work?

  • Jsa17916842 Jsa17916842 on Jan 20, 2017
    I have a door at the end of my hall. How could I adapt this to my hall

    • Lea Oliver Lea Oliver on Jan 20, 2017
      This could be a temporary solution: just hang a full length mirror on the door.

    • Kristine Kelley Bailey Kristine Kelley Bailey on Mar 19, 2017
      There was a door at the end of the hall in my last house too. But if I had seen this then.... I would have placed that "light window" any where on a wall that had an electrical outlet below it. Anchor it better and skip the table and plant. Light is the important thing here!

    • Victoria Davis Victoria Davis on May 06, 2017
      If your door does not have a window, change it out for one with a window. I will allow natural light into the room. We changed our front and back door ad have been really pleased with it. If you need to be concerned about privacy, just make sure you get glass that you cannot see through but gives light unless you want window coverings of some sort!

    • 861650 861650 on May 25, 2017
      Why not do the same thing on the door? Where there is a will, there is a way.

    • Elaine Elaine on May 25, 2017
      Nice idea for a skylight as well!

    • Jg Jg on Jun 07, 2017
      love this pic. looks so real

  • Ardale Ardale on May 06, 2017
    What a clever and beautiful idea! If a person really wanted a view thru the glass like it was a real window they could just purchase a large pretty scenic picture or poster and cut it to size and mount it behind the glass. Love how this looks and is a nice way to add light where it was once dark. So pretty, wish I had a dark hallway. I'd like to figure out how to make one that was waterproof to hang on our privacy fence behind our pool. Maybe that would be another DIY project for someone smarter then I am!

  • Lorraine Lorraine on May 29, 2017
    Does this run on electrici (plug in outlet) or battery pack?

  • Jodie Woods Jodie Woods on Jun 17, 2017
    This was absolute genius! How can I get your step by step tutorial? I need this so badly!

    • Wyna Wyna on Jun 17, 2017
      I'd like those instructions also!

    • Connie Connie on Jun 18, 2017
      Wow, I don't really have a tutorial. I did this about 8 years ago, and just recently put it on Hometalk. I just sprayed the back of the glass with the frosted spray paint so I couldn't see the wall behind it. I bought the LED lights on Ebay, along with the controller to plug it into the wall. (The lights are on a white strip with a sticky backing and come in different lengths. They come in all different colors too). I just pressed the sticky side to the back of the window dividers. They've been on for 8 years and I've had no problems with any of them going out. (It's lit up about 10 hours a day). I was lucky that I had an outlet on the same wall so that I didn't have to use an extension cord to another outlet. I just hung the whole thing on the wall with the L brackets. (It's out of the way so that no one can really bump into it and have it fall on them). I had the little valance from another project and put it on a cheap curtain rod and attached it with small nails. I hope this all makes sense, It was very easy to do and I hope you have good luck with yours.

    • Debbie Debbie on Sep 11, 2017
      You could probably use battery-powered LED's for the lighting if there is no power source nearby.

    • Linda Linda on Sep 25, 2017
      Really a wow project. Have a dark area and thinking I could use idea but adopting for ceiling attachment.

  • Jwi25458608 Jwi25458608 on Jun 19, 2017
    I do not have any questions. This is so cool I just had to let you know. What a great idea! Good job!

  • Sho10038275 Sho10038275 on Jun 25, 2017
    I love what you did I have a question on what color is on your wall it looked like a mushroom color. Can you give me the name of that color and who made i

  • Janet B Janet B on Sep 25, 2017
    Brilliant!!! Wondering if this would work in my dark dining room. Thinking on both sides of my China closet!?

    • Bernice H Bernice H on Sep 22, 2018

      I know this was a long time ago..but I am wondering if you did this in your dining room?

  • Terri Terri on Sep 25, 2017
    Looks like whole window is lighted..did it just take strips around sides?

    • Tempie Thompson Lyons Tempie Thompson Lyons on Sep 25, 2017
      Probably. There are various types of strip LED lighting, and you need to check the color spectrum as well as the wattage. We have a brilliant white undercabinet LED strips, and it lights the entire countertop extremely well, and the light extends about 12 feet onto the floor. The concern from my perspective, would be to CONTAIN the lighting to the frame, such that it doesn't light the entire wall and floor.

    • 15330759 15330759 on Sep 25, 2017
      See the backside of the window - you can see the strips mounted behind the mullions. It is also the reason you do not see "strips" of bright light through the frosting. If you do not have mullions, just follow the inner edge of the wooden frame. The length that you need depends entirely on your window configuration and how much light you want.

    • Terri Terri on Sep 25, 2017
      Thank you so much!!! B/C of dark walls my whole apt is dark :(

  • Els27826419 Els27826419 on Sep 25, 2017
    where did the electric come from for the light?

    • Sou28554399 Sou28554399 on Sep 25, 2017
      Looking at the photo, you can see it's plugged into a wall outlet on the left.

    • Penny Penny on Sep 25, 2017
      You can but strings of LED lights that are battery operated and have a timer we use them at Christmas. They stay on 6 hours and then go off. Would probably need several strands and would have to tack them onto gram but would work

    • Penny Penny on Sep 25, 2017
      Frame not gram

    • Nancy Wilson Nancy Wilson on Sep 25, 2017
      It turned out beautifully! If I hadn't seen the before I would never have known it wasn't a real window.

    • Lee Lee on Sep 25, 2017
      i also have a dark hallway although the doors and trim are white and end of hallway is a bi-fold door closet. i have carpeting,but getting vinyl planks in hallway,have white chair well and decided to put white pickle board under it and painting upper part of wall a light color. it is a light green now,what color would u paint it. thanks.

    • Deb17676440 Deb17676440 on Sep 25, 2017
      What a brilliant idea! I would love to emulate you but my hallway has a bedroom door at the end. Most of the hallway is doorways. Do you have any ideas on how to fix this? Now you've got me about a fake skylight? I may have to get my sunglasses out. Thanks for the idea!

    • Julianna Smith Julianna Smith on Sep 25, 2017
      I love it very much! Even a re-purposed leaded glass would work!

    • Connie Zacharkan Connie Zacharkan on Sep 25, 2017
      lol sunglasses!

    • Rebecca Harris Musser Rebecca Harris Musser on Sep 25, 2017
      In a prior house I had a dark hallway with a linen closet door at the end. I hung a long mirror on it and put window grids (found at Habitat Restore) over it. It would not fool anyone in thinking it was a window, but it did reflect light and helped light the darkness. No electricity or batteries required!

  • Sue7870503 Sue7870503 on Sep 25, 2017
    How many strip lights did you use on the door, like a box of them are 16.4 ft. Did you have to get more for this?

  • Earlene Saulnier Lown Earlene Saulnier Lown on Sep 25, 2017
    An off subject question, but I noticed that your doors and trim are the same color as mine but that you have white baseboards; is there a reason for this?

    • J J on Sep 25, 2017
      Why not. What would you do, paint them brown, too dark, paint the doors white, would look worse. I think it is lovely as is!!!

    • Dana Carbaugh Smith Dana Carbaugh Smith on Sep 25, 2017
      try Walmart online they have loads of runners from extremely cheap to extremely expensive but I'm sure if you want one and can't find it anywhere else you will find it on Walmart online

    • 19698379 19698379 on Sep 25, 2017
      I think the white brightens it up a bit. If it were brown, the hallway would look darker.

    • Earlene Saulnier Lown Earlene Saulnier Lown on Sep 25, 2017
      Thanks for answering. I love your faux window idea. I have the same colors as you in a dark hallway but I have a guest bathroom where you put your 'window.'

  • Kimberly Koger Kimberly Koger on Sep 25, 2017
    That is brilliant. Off subject. Where do u find such a long runner? I have a long hallway and can't find them more than 6-7ft.

    • Suzy Falgout Suzy Falgout on Sep 25, 2017
      The big box stores sell runners by the foot. They have a huge roll and will cut your desired length .

    • Darlene Muldoon Raab Darlene Muldoon Raab on Sep 25, 2017
      Menards sells runner carpet and will cut it to your specified length.👍

    • VKA30463410 VKA30463410 on Sep 25, 2017
      Menards in the flooring dept. they have rolls of different prints.
      Its Sold by the foot. I have mine as a stair runner. Virg

    • Jennie Jennie on Sep 25, 2017
      You can buy custom size runners at Home Depot and Lowes. The have the stuff on huge long rolls, and it's sold by foot and the cut it. Plus the sell tape to h em the cut sides.

    • DB DB on Sep 25, 2017
      7" runners on Wayside and Overstock

    • Cynthia Stevenson Cynthia Stevenson on Sep 25, 2017
      Most carpet stores can make a custom runner, and hem it with or without fringe.

  • Kathy Hough Kathy Hough on Sep 25, 2017
    It's beautiful, except... the cord and plug would bother me. Any ideas for using a battery that is hidden behind the framing? Anyone?

  • Terry Terry on Sep 25, 2017
    This is my hallway, Living room to bedroom - bathroom in between with 1 hallway outlet. Any suggestions?? Leaving bathroom door open is not option due to dogs.

    • User User on Sep 25, 2017
      Perhaps changing the bathroom door to a French door with frosted glass would allow light to filter in. If possible installing pot lights on the ceiling. Painting the hallway a light cool color and painting the doors and door frames the same color as the walls.

    • Michele Marchinko Michele Marchinko on Sep 25, 2017
      I changed out my solid wood doors for frosted French doors. My hallway is bright as it gets the light from the windows in the bedroom.

    • Ginger Ginger on Sep 25, 2017
      I don't have an outlet, so I used a tall mirror at the end of my hallway With a little table under it with a vase and fake candles that have a realistic flame. They come with a remote. Problem solved!Also changed my light fixture and put it on a dimmer switch. It's not as dark because the mirror reflects the light from the other end. Plus it's a "skinny" mirror. My guests think they look thin.

  • Kma28606040 Kma28606040 on Sep 25, 2017

  • Katie Nadea Katie Nadea on Sep 25, 2017
    Love this. Please tell me how you attached the window to the "L" brackets?

    • Holly Johnston Holly Johnston on Sep 25, 2017
      It should just hang on the brackets, and as stated, being where it is, as well as the small table, it is protected against falling off

    • Sue Sanders Sue Sanders on Sep 25, 2017
      Could small brackets be added to the window to match up with the wall brackets and screws dropped down the matching holes.? Think I would feel more secure knowing window was attached to the wall in case some curious person tried to lift corner of window to see how it works.

    • Jad22666934 Jad22666934 on Sep 25, 2017

    • I would put heavy duty picture hooks on the wall and back of the window to hang it like a heavy picture.

    • Jean Jean on Sep 25, 2017
      This is nothing short of brilliant! What a difference. Good for you to find such a great solution.

    • Katie Nadea Katie Nadea on Sep 25, 2017
      Thank goodness for Creative people I can kick my decorating skills up a notch.

  • Gaylee Mccullough Gaylee Mccullough on Sep 25, 2017
    Wouldnt painting those dark doors have helped make the hallway lighter and look bigger?

    • Carol Carol on Sep 25, 2017
      The hall still would have been dark. The window adds illumination

    • BRENDA BRENDA on Sep 25, 2017
      We absolutely love the dark wood. Such a rich look! Love this idea. I'm assuming there is an outlet at the end of the hallway.

    • Lynne Lynne on Sep 25, 2017
      I agree. Paint all that dark stuff a bright satin white. Your baseboards are white. You'll be amazed at what white paint could do for the hallway. I do like your "window". Where is you electrical source to use the timer?

    • Pjo26908388 Pjo26908388 on Sep 25, 2017
      Nice project, great results! Solved a problem without painting lots of doors and trim...

    • Speddave5444 Speddave5444 on Sep 25, 2017
      Had a similar hallway, but with our front door at the far end. One wall was bi-fold door, room door, and sliding-door set, all dark wood like the trim. We painted it all a light taupe, and brightened it considerably.

    • Charlotte Charlotte on Sep 25, 2017
      Not only did this make use of and old resource, but it also added a focal point which looks amazing! Great job!!

    • Tammy Tammy on Sep 25, 2017
      Why would you paint beautiful wood? I hate my painted panel doors. Would love to have real wood varnished trim.

    • Christine Gray Christine Gray on Sep 25, 2017
      Great solution, so much nicer than doing such a chav thing as painting those beautiful wood doors. I'm glad you found this solution instead of ruining the lovely wooden doors.

  • Sue Sanders Sue Sanders on Sep 25, 2017
    Is the lighting wire long enough to run down to baseboard and along wall before going up to the outlet.?

    • 7218805 7218805 on Sep 25, 2017
      I was wondering about this also. I'd also run that electrical cord down the wall behind the chest, along the baseboard and into whatever room had the outlet. Even if you needed an extension, it would really hide the cord. You could also paint it to match the wall, but I think running it behind would really hide it. :)
      FANTASTIC job, however!! Brillliant solution!

    • Sandy Sandy on Sep 25, 2017
      How ingenious of you. This is a great solution !

    • Yvonne Procter Yvonne Procter on Sep 25, 2017
      Big problem, simple solution, great job!

    • Ash22130109 Ash22130109 on Sep 25, 2017
      This is amazing! Love it!

  • Sherry Reitz Diamond Sherry Reitz Diamond on Sep 25, 2017
    Where did you get the runner? I can't find anything in light colors - I've checked at all home improvement stores & online.....

    i have nearly the exact & LOVE this idea. but don't have an extra window laying around...... suggestions????

    • Kelly Bennett Kelly Bennett on Sep 25, 2017
      I have seen it on QVC a little pricey

    • Pat Shaw Pat Shaw on Sep 25, 2017
      Restore, Habitat for Humanity, often has these types of windows for very cheap.

    • Christina Christina on Sep 25, 2017
      You can find Windows at salvage and ReStore. I'd also try Craigslist.

    • Elaine Elaine on Sep 25, 2017
      Do what I did! I bought a certain width/length (depending on the size you want) CUT OFF a roll of wall to wall carpeting and had it bound by the carpeting company. I then have the EXACT width and the EXACT length I wanted at much less money! Carpet companies do this all the time. My hall is overly wide so any normal runner would have been too narrow and skimpy looking plus I wanted a certain color.

  • Sherry Reitz Diamond Sherry Reitz Diamond on Sep 25, 2017
    Where did you get the runner? I can't find anything in light colors - I've checked at all home improvement stores & online.....

    i have nearly the exact & LOVE this idea. but don't have an extra window laying around...... suggestions????

  • Jacquie Trundy Jacquie Trundy on Sep 25, 2017
    I have the same dark hallway. At the end of the hallway is a flat closet door. Have to light that up?

    • Dac15740339 Dac15740339 on Sep 25, 2017
      Put a longer frame on the back of the closet door and it will look like a door to the outside; or put smaller rectangle frames over top of the bedroom doors to give the appearance of transoms.

  • EGZ EGZ on Sep 25, 2017
    Where does the power come from? I don't see a plug i n

    • Grace Grace on Sep 25, 2017
      There is an outlet on the left side of the window.

    • EGZ EGZ on Sep 25, 2017
      Thank you! Now I see it, I was looking under.....age gets in the way sometimes...

  • Ken Ken on Sep 25, 2017
    What happens if you don't use all 16'? How many feet did you use? Great idea!

  • Jan Jan on Sep 25, 2017
    I would like to use led light strips on my dec. Can the strips be used outdoors?

    • Ruggsvillecounty Ruggsvillecounty on Sep 25, 2017
      Only if they're outdoor LEDs.

    • Ticker Ticker on Sep 25, 2017
      wsprayefYes. They will work great. I used two old wooden windows sprayed with frost and used the strips. I used white but have seen a strip that looks almost like a sunset color ( golden) which I think you can mix with white to give brightness and then look of sunset before turning off .

  • Jenn Jenn on Sep 25, 2017
    Wonderful idea!!! Looks just like the real thing!! Can/do you use it as a night light as well? 👍🏻

  • Carol Barta Carol Barta on Sep 25, 2017
    I have looked for the LED strip lighting but can not find what you purchased on Amazon - do you know the brand? or more detail as to exactly what you used? GREAT IDEA!!! LOVE IT!!!

  • Helen Blakeley Helen Blakeley on Sep 25, 2017
    Can I put motion lights in the hallway

    • Betty Ash Betty Ash on Sep 25, 2017
      Great Idea.

    • Carey Carey on Sep 25, 2017
      You can but I would make sure that they were something that can be plugged into an outlet. They do have motion detector light switches now that while a bit expensive are very handy. I bought some battery operated ones and the batteries wore out so quickly that they are not really feasible. In short order you would have paid for the motion detector light switch!

    • Kathryn Nuttall Kathryn Nuttall on Sep 26, 2017
      It may be different with different devices but my experience with motion detector lights, at least in a hallway where you are walking past as opposed to a large area that you are moving around in, is that by the time the light comes on you are already three steps past it and the light comes on behind you just as you are about to turn into the doorway you were trying to find in the beginning.

    • Jody Chandler Metz Jody Chandler Metz on Oct 05, 2017
      Lowe's has them. With a plug!

  • Where is the cord that actually plugs into the wall? I don't see a cord that actually has a plug at the end. And the Amazon description says it does NOT include an adapter. But your list of supplies does NOT include an adapter plug.

    Unfortunately I purchased this light without realizing this problem.
    Betty Gay, Salem, NH

    • Phyllis Williams Phyllis Williams on Sep 25, 2017
      It's at the left side.

    • Baroness RH Baroness RH on Sep 25, 2017
      l'm fairly certain that she ran the electrical cord under the door [on the left] and plugged it into an electrical socket in that room.

    • Barbara Bricker Culotti Barbara Bricker Culotti on Sep 25, 2017
      It looks clearly like it is plugged into the wall on the left side. The cord goes directly from the window to the outlet in the wall on the left. Don't know how you'd do it if there were no outlets in the hallway wall, though.

    • Mum Vickery Mum Vickery on Sep 26, 2017
      Long life/rechargeable batteries and find lighting to suit. (led)