Published on December 11th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Inverted SEPTIM

Materials: SEPTIM pendant light, lamp shade of your choice, pliers, small saw, 3-prong plug

When you move so much, you tend to acquire a lot of IKEA stuff. Although most if it can easily be integrated into the new space due to the adaptive nature of their design, some have no place to go. My SEPTIM pendant lamps were living in a box as it wasn’t worth the trouble to hang them in a rental home.

Here’s what I did:

1. I removed the shade, then used the pliers to remove the chain off along the wire.

2. I left the triangular piece attached to the end, you’ll see why in a bit.

3. I had to thread the wire through the metal rod to bring the head of the lamp all the way to the rod, eliminating the pendant effect. In order to do that, I had to saw off the plastic rings to free it. Once sawed off, I pulled the wire smoothly all the way out the bottom.

4. Onced pulled through, the base of the lamp can now sit flat on a surface (thanks to sawing off the plastic rings) and the wire doesn’t interfere due to the slots made for it along the rim. Pull the metal rod straight up, and use the pliers to firmly screw it in place. You’ll want it as tight as you can get it.

5. Now, that triangular metal part of the chain. What I did was a result of a little laziness. I simply used the pliers to cut it in half, and slid each part into one of the holes on the bottom of the bulb base to steady it. I suggest glueing or taping it, but I found this does the trick enough. However, depending on how heavy or big your new shade is, you might want to make sure it’s glued because it’s pretty unstable.

6. I then attached a plug onto the end of the wire. If you don’t know how to do this, get someone who knows.

7. Lastly, I attached the shades (which I found in our storage so not picked out for this purpose).

I have 2 of them, so now they’re officially my bedside lamps. A little quirky but I love them.

~ Noura, Al Ain, UAE

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Jules Yap

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5 Responses to Inverted SEPTIM

  1. Noura says:

    Thanks! We have 7 cats roaming around the house and they haven’t tipped them over once. I’m surprised myself! Like I mentioned, as long as you take the time to fix the bulb base to the metal rod, you’ll get it pretty sturdy. The base itself can handle quite a lot especially as it even has a wire slot so it remains evenly planted.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Pretty cool idea! How sturdy are the as far as remaining upright? They don’t look it but am wondering if a little extra weight in the base of each lamp is needed to keep them from toppling over if a cat or something nudged against them?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Love the tasteful simplicity…

  5. dyfferent says:

    You missed the chance to call it Deviated Septim!

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