Published on July 6th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Customized Lampan Lamp

Materials: One $6 Lampan Light, some blue-tack, imagination, some objects you’ve always wanted to display

Description: IKEA’s Lampan lights have always amused me – they’re a beautiful shape, and super cheap.

But why not add your own personal style to make a custom-designed version?

Me, I’ve wanted to display my Holy Water Lady of Lourdes in an interesting way for a long while, and this turned out fantastically.

Lampan comes like this – so just don’t use the lampshade (unless you want to decorate it and reuse it).

I made a cyclinder of semi-translucent paper to hide the light bulb.

And then arranged my translucent statues on the rim of the base using blue-tack.

And voila! There you have it.

What about you? Lollipops? Figurines? Awards? Your antique coke bottle collection.

Best if the objects are translucent in some way to let light shine through, but you could always experiment. You could use a stronger piece of paper or plastic for your cylinder, and then affix your precious objects to it.

Buy a lampen in the colour that suits your objects (they currently come in black, white and red)

Try it out. Hope someone finds his hack amusing and useful.

~ Andy Quan, Sydney

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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".

7 Responses to Customized Lampan Lamp

  1. Anonymous says:

    Tell it ubanita!!!

  2. urbanita says:

    LOVE this, Andy!! And @rollinger – it’s as much a hack as mashups are music, as Dada is art. It’s about the imagination, seeing the wacky possibility in the mundane. It’s iconoclastic as any good hack should be!

  3. Andy Quan says:

    @marcelo. Oops, in the dissembling of the lamp to take photos of it for this site, I took photos of it without the paper… and then submitted the wrong photo. Sorry. The paper does make it look better!

  4. marcelo aguiar says:

    I would say it’s a hack.
    But where’s the translucent paper in the final picture? I can’t see it (or am I wrong?).

  5. rollinger says:

    Where is the handcraft? Thats not a hack!

  6. Anonymous says:

    It sure is amusing! Kitsch as Kitsch can! Great!

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