I love Ikea. I get there once a year to shop because the store is 5 hours away, so I shop like crazy while I'm there and drag everything back home to put together and enjoy. And you can't beat the prices on their light fixtures, plus they have really cool industrial light fixtures that I love.
This year, I was all set to buy a Ranarp light fixture to hang in my laundry room when I spotted a very similar fixture on sale for $14!!!!!!!!!!!! Score!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It was definitely one of those "START THE CAR!" moments.
The light fixture I had planned to buy shown above, the fixture I did buy shown below.
I tossed the fixture into my cart along with the LED bulb that was the brightest I could buy and didn't give another thought to it until I had fixed and painted the ceiling where it was to be hung. This fixture was purchased to replace a 48" fluorescent fixture that had a bad ballast.
I began taking the packaging apart so I could spray paint the fixture in flat white paint and that's when I discovered the problem...
I discovered the fixture I had bought was a plug-in fixture. GAH!!!!!!!!
No problem, I thought, I have enough light fixture parts from the various fixtures I have either taken down or collected along the way, I'll just cut the cord and install the plug in fixture as a ceiling fixture! But then my spidey-sense began tingling and I decided to check online whether or not this was actually a good idea. And since those searches were inconclusive (too many votes on either side), I talked to an electrician friend to get the skinny.
What he told me is that a plug in fixture has a different classification for wiring than a ceiling fixture. Since the wires are not designed to be uncovered (as they would have to be in order to be connected in a hard wire fashion), they are only approved for use as a plug-in. This all means that if I went ahead and stripped the wires for connecting in the ceiling box and anything were to happen as a result of this wiring, my house insurance would be null and void. Not going there.
Instead I found this pendant fixture at Home Depot.
It comes in 3 finishes, it's $25 and comes with everything except the shade. I bought it, installed it and attached the Ikea shade and it looks almost the same as the Ikea fixture. Plus I have no worries about the wiring possibly overheating or causing a fire.
I'm going to use the Ikea plug in fixture in my workshop where there's yet another fluorescent fixture (stupid since the only time I need a light is during the winter when it's dark and super cold and the fluorescent won't light up right when it's cold).
My laundry and mudroom are now finished! Yay!!!!!!!!
Have a great week.
With a small budget, big dreams and a love of a challenge, Anne blogs about renovating and decorating her tiny 1930s bungalow. A self-taught artist and professed power tool lover, she enjoys writing, gardening, photography, nature and diy'ing. And she's never met a dumpster she didn’t want to root through! Come along for the ride!!