Published on June 8th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Jars of light

Materials: Inreda, Jam Jars

Description: This is a fairly basic hack, so don’t be put off by complex electrics… I started out with 2 packs of Inreda cabinet lighting (I think these are the old style that come with small bulbs, rather than LED’s and have 3 in a pack).

1. You first need to take these lights apart so all you have left is the cable, socket, bulb and black grommet that holds the cable.

2. Having collected and thoroughly cleaned the jam jars, drill a hole in the lid (8mm in this case).

3. Rebuild the lighting using the lid to mount the grommet that holds the wire.

You may also notice the shelves are a Stolmen hack similar to this Stolmen-Jarpen shelves hack.

Although I originally saw this idea at a design event in Newcastle, I should also give credit to this previous hack

~ Pods, Newcastle

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

6 Responses to Jars of light

  1. Jackie says:

    Ahhh! I LOVE this! I would totally love to recreate BUT i can’t seem to find the lights in Ikea. Do you have any ideas as to how else I can manage to get this look? Thanks! :)

  2. Anonymous says:

    I saw something similar where the jar was filled with loosely pulled out steel wool. It can stand the heat, and the steel wool covered and guided and gleamed and gave it a kind of spun sugar high-tech.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Love it! Way to actually USE a glass jar/flask collection. It makes me think of the kind of fairy tales where you put little elves in jars…:)

  4. Pods says:

    It does give a great reflection- different for each jar. And surprisingly bright, the six easily light up the whole room (~4mx6m).

  5. Great post, gives an amazing reflection on the ceiling! reminds me of Harry Potter for some reason…

  6. This is the kind of thing I absolutely love, become completely obsessed with the idea and buy a load of jam jars and LED’s and never do it. I think I’m ACTUALLY going to do it this time though.

    Thanks for the post and thanks for the inspiration.

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