My apartments (in the San Francisco Bay Area, California) are so depressingly dark because I have no ceiling-mounted light fixtures. I just have standing lamps (with 5 ultra-bright bulbs). Where I come from (United Kingdom, and ethnic origin of India) ceiling lighting fixtures are always installed.

I guess installing ceiling lighting (fluorescent tube light would be fantastic) is too expensive. What is the next best substitute? Or if ceiling lighting installation in rented apartments is possible, who do I speak to to try getting them installed?

  • The question seems too broad. There are so many apartments in the world that there is no objective answer. – ben rudgers Nov 9 '14 at 3:02
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    There's always the solution of swag lamps (lightweight lamps that hang from the ceiling, similar to installing a hanging plant pot, but with a power cord routed back across ceiling and down wall to an outlet). Whether they'd be bright enough for you depends on the fixture and what bulbs you put in it -- I've got a ceiling fixture I refitted with a swag chain which carries enough LED bulbs to make it equivalent to three 100W bulbs at full brightness; I normally run it dimmer than that. – keshlam Nov 9 '14 at 3:38

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