Published on July 30th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


LACK table lamp

Materials: 2 x Ikea lack tables, drill, led tape,

I have to remove my current ceiling lamp because it block out TV projector. I need something flat. Because using sheetrock makes a lot of dust I didn’t use them.

I found Ikea lack table would be great stuff to put on the ceiling :)

Here are step by step instructions:

I used one 55×55 Lack table as a base, and 78×78 as the visible part.

1. Set up small table over the big one. Please make sure it is centered. Glue them together.

2. Make 4 holes for GU10 frames (or more if you want), but those 4 are needed to mount lamp to the ceiling. You need to make them in both tables

Make one hole on the center of the top table – this will be the place to connect all cables to the ceiling wires.

3. I put up led RGB tape to make some light while watching tv on the projected screen, this light is very delicate, ideal to see eg bottle of beer :)

4. Put some metal bindings inside the top tables (smaller one), look into the pictures.

5. Make internal connections, just drop out some paper from inside – this can be done using some long knife.

6. Screw whole table to the ceiling and connect it. I screw the 2 long screws to the first metal binding, so the lamp was curved a little bit from the ceiling allowing me make connections.

7. Because Lack furniture are not painted but there is foil on them they are not white enough. I painted it using same paint used for ceiling.

See more photos of the Lack lamp.

~ wiking, Poland

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12 Responses to LACK table lamp

  1. Yani says:

    Hello! I really like your DIY but i wanted to ask you. so i put the metal bindings? where did you put the transformer to pull the RGB LED? how do you have isolated it because it is not burned? And finally. where did you put the controller of the strip RGB LED to the control is working properly? I am waiting for your answer then. thanks

  2. Anonymous says:

    This is a really creative idea

  3. alex says:

    This looks amazing! Just what I was looking for :)

    How do you control the rgb-mood-leds?

    Are they wired some how to a controller? How do you switch them on?

  4. phrancini says:

    this is absolutely fantastic!
    i just made out of a single grey lack 55×55 table.
    it looks gorgeous.
    thank you!

  5. brix says:

    What’s this feature called in general pls, I have seen it before (with speakers etc) – but cannot find more about this…as am thinking of installing something similar in my living room

  6. EarnedLoyalty says:

    Way cool!!, this is an awesome project. I was looking to make something smiler, but gave up on the idea because I was not able to come up with the needed materials. This is perfect with readily available materials and some effort. ;)

  7. Anonymous says:

    Don’t worry, I set up four GU10 Led bulbs. They are not generating warm at all. So all wooden/paper elements are safe

  8. Anonymous says:

    Just as said before FIRE HAZARD! Even LED-spot-lights heat up, so make room for cooling to maximize the life of your lamps. (Holes to the sides of the upper spacer table etc) DO NOT use halogen lamps as the temperatures are too much. They WILL set your luminaire in FIRE! When installing recessed lamps in ceiling you need to follow regulations and probably use insulation.

    But idea is great and I might try to make one like that with LEDs aswell.

  9. Anonymous says:

    That looks very nice! That said, I can’t see exactly what kind of recessed lamps (the bright white ones, not the colourful mood lighting) you’ve used, but unless they’re LED — you have A FIRE HAZARD! Best of luck, but please do be careful with putting recessed lighting in poorly temperature-resistant surroundings. :-(

  10. Anonymous says:

    Oh I need to find a light just like this. Thanks for the idea and for sharing!

  11. AprilAries says:

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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