Paint it White: Paint some big books white & stack them high! - 18 Ways to Upcycle Books via Brit + Co. -- Good for defunct dictionaries, encyclopedias, and textbooks. great idea for night stand in small space
Check @ office lighting: Spray paint inexpensive clip lights from hardware stores. OMG this is brilliant! Best thing is we already have 2 of these that we used to clamp on the fence of our old house for our bonfire parties.