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Published on August 30th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


RIBBA Unplugged


Materials: Ribba LED picture light (201.807.26), 9v battery, snap connector, solder, soldering gun

Description: Love the high end look of the RIBBA LED picture light, but hate the look of the wires dangling underneath to the power outlet.

This hack allows you to have the functioning light, without seeing those ugly wires.



Simply splice and solder the snap connector to the two wires and connect the 9 volt battery.

The battery and wires can easily concealed behind the picture.

I left the existing converter and connector in tact in case I ever wanted it to be plugged back in again. But it can easily be cut away, and have the wires shortened.

~ Scott, Canada


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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".

5 Responses to RIBBA Unplugged

  1. Anonymous says:

    Nice idea. Could even put an on off switch on it (if it doesn’t already have one) and connect it to a larger battery – perhaps a solar charged battery. The possibilities are endless!

  2. Anonymous says:

    nice idea but if battery lasts 1.5 hours…. will you change batteries every day?!

  3. Anonymous says:

    According my calculations based on the 3,8w that is stated on IKEA. 1,5 hours.

    • Gianluca says:

      Uhmm… What is the voltage of the original power adapter? 9~12V?… What is its max current?

      3.8W @9V =0.42A; working at that current, the capacity of a typical Energizer Alkaline battery is about 0.35Ah (

      then the battery could last 0.35/0.42 =0.83h =50 minutes.

      Instead, if 3.8W is referred to 12V:

      3.8/12 =0.32A; at only 9V current will be about 0.2A, so capacity will be 0.4Ah and it could last 2 Hours

  4. Anonymous says:

    How long does the battery last?

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