Let There Be (Motion Activated & Battery Operated) Light



We love the big stairway that leads to the second floor of the Dream House but we don’t always love how dark it can be. Yes, there’s an overhead light (actually, a ceiling fan, which will eventually get switched out for a standard light fixture) but there are times (like the middle of the night) when we find ourselves walking up or down a very dark stairway. To say it can be a bit treacherous is an understatement. Browsing around at The Container Store, I found the perfect solution: a motion activated and battery operated LED floodlight. And the best part is that it was super easy to install. Here’s how I did it:


There are two parts to the light: the main lighting unit and a back plate onto which the lighting unit attaches. My first step was to the slide the unit off the back plate and then mark the location for the screws on the baseboard. While the light includes adhesive tape for installation, I’m going to use screws to attach it to the wall.


With the location of the screw holes marked, I drilled pilot holes. Then I attached the back plate  to the baseboard using two screws.


Finally, I popped three AAA batteries into the light and then slid the unit into the wall mounted plate.


And now we have light in the stairway! I installed the light on the middle landing of the stairway so that motion sensor will detect movement from the top and bottom of the stairs.


For $16.99 and five minutes of installation time, I feel like this little light is the perfect solution for our stairway. The motion activation only works at nighttime and turns itself off after about thirty secons so I’m not very worried about battery consumption. I just wish the unit was white instead of silver. But, hey, you can’t have everything.

— J. Blandings

Images: Mr. and Mr. Blandings

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  • Reply deb (stella) evanson 01/14/2014 at 1:05 am


  • Reply Jolene 01/14/2014 at 5:44 am

    I wonder if you could fix the color with a little spray paint. Just tape over the parts you don’t want painted, then spray away?

    • Reply Jason 01/14/2014 at 3:36 pm

      You must have read my mind! I was thinking of trying that very thing, Jolene. Great minds think alike!

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