Kitchen night light DIY

9:44 AM

The monsoon is in full swing in Mumbai, and with it comes this delightful gloominess that pulls you toward the kitchen and tea kettle.
There is nothing like a heavy rain, cool blast of air and this sudden "impending doom darkness" to make you want to curl up with a good book and a steaming cup of tea.

The Danes call it "Hygge", this untranslatable word that roughly means cosiness, or the pursuit of this warm and cosy feeling you typically get from eating comfort food, or drinking warm beverages in warm pool of lights in your home while the elements are hostile outside. I mentioned a Hygge book when I wrote about how essential the right lighting is in my home.

All this rambling brings me to light once more :

As awesome as it feels to have the sky darkens suddenly in the middle of the day, my current kitchen wasn't equipped with what I'd like to call a night light.
In my previous flat we had one, but in this one we are stuck with a blaring tube light on the ceiling. It's fine when we cook a meal, we need it, it's a necessary evil (you know how I hate tube lights).

But, when my trip to the kitchen involves just making a cup of tea to savour the storm, there is nothing more un-hygge like as switching on that darned tube light. It kills the mood instantly. Not to mention that I really don't need blinding light to make a cup of tea, just a nice warm and inviting beacon of light pointing me to the kettle.

And this is how my kitchen looked like during a heavy rain last week before I fixed this light problem :

It was mid-morning and it was as gloomy as can be, and no this picture is not even doing justice to how gloomy it was in there, it was actually much darker than the picture suggest.
Notice though how the tea kettle area in the right corner is kept in the dark. Don't get me wrong I can still make tea during a storm without switching on the lights, but a little light and warmth hasn't killed anybody :

There! Isn't that much better?

The best part is that this little project can be pulled in 15-20 minutes using nothing more than scotch tape and a string of LED fairy lights.
As some of you might recall, I did once write a blog post about using fairy lights in your home decor year round. And in my old flat, the dinning area was nicely decorated with some I glued to the wall with a hot glue gun.

In this kitchen, the hot glue gun didn't work, it peeled off the kitchen cabinets way too easily, so I ended up using good old sticky tape to do the job :

The string of light I had was long enough to create two rows of light on the length of my kitchen cabinets.
I simply taped the string at regular intervals to hold it in place. Since this light is fairly concealed at the bottom of the overhead cabinets, I didn't have to worry about making it look really good, I just taped as I went.

Now I not only have a light pointing to my tea kettle on a stormy day, I also have a convenient night light I can leave on in the evening after I am done cooking.
Because one thing I did not mention about our kitchen is that the switch panel is hidden on the side of the fridge nook.
Two switch the lights on, we need to twist our arm in a 6-7cm gap and hope our hand finds the right switch in the row of 4-5 switches (most of them connected to nothing) to switch on the tube light. If I have to go do that all evening long to just dump a few dishes in the sink, or take my medicines before bed, or feed the pets, this can wear off real thin real fast.
This fairy night light solves the problem of risking to get my arm stuck into that gap more than I should need to.

What's more, this is one of those little DIY project that is totally rental property friendly.

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  1. Anonymous11:03 AM

    It is actually a fantastic idea. Our kitchen gets proper natural light from a window but it does get dark especially during winter mornings, when the fog engulfs everything. However, the problem was solved with the electric chimney which shines a steady light on the gas stove.

    Our store room doubles up as our pooja room. Since it gets very dark in there, we hung fairy lights which actually gave a diwali like look to the whole room.


    1. Growing up my parents had a chimney with light over the stove, we used it as a night light too :-)

      I love the festive feeling fairy lights can give to a room all year round, and also how little power they consume. Makes for a great inexpensive way to light up a dark corner of a room.


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