Bathroom 6

Published on October 25th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


Compact TIVED

This is my first hack so it’s not a hard one.
My bathroom has a lack of illumination, and I need another light that I could manage to move all around the mirror, to reach the vanity mirror and to cover the huge amount of holes that exist on the wall! So the best option to use is the TIVED lamp. The problem is I cannot hide that awful transformer that comes at the end of the wires.


So here starts the hack
- Disassemble the back of the TIVED lamp (the back is covered by a anti-slip material, try to feel the screws with the screwdriver, there are 4 of them, it’s really easy and you don’t need to rip all the cover as I did…).
- Unscrew to remove the weight. You will notice there is a huge space.
- Now open the transformer. I’m sure there are lots of ways, I just broke it apart in the worst way.
- Disassemble the plug and replace it with 2 wire clamps to connect them directly to the house electric circuit.


- I chose to maintain the plug that connects the lamp to the transformer, but if you manage to connect them directly, you won’t have any problem placing the circuit into the cover of the lamp.
- Remove the switcher and replace it with another pair of wire clamps. ATTENTION! There is just one way to join the wires on this stage. On my first attempt I didn’t connect them right, so the lamp didn’t turn on. If this happens to you, just switch the wires and it will work properly.


- Now place the circuit into the cover as is shown at the photos. I don’t know what could happened if the circuit touch the cover of the lamp, but just in case I covered it with a 3M gaffer tape.



- Connect it to the main electric circuit by inserting the main wires through the hole at the bottom of the cover, screw the cover of the lamp and place it on the wall as the instructions say.


So that’s all! Now you have your own TIVED lamp without any transformer dancing around!

~ Daniel, Madrid, Spain

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13 Responses to Compact TIVED

  1. Niclas says:

    WARNING! This lamp is a deathtrap waiting to happen!

    In most countries with modern building regulations you will go to jail if someone dies (which is very possible) due to this dangerous modification and putting it in a bathroom.

  2. CJ says:

    This poster is in Spain. When visiting Spain, as a Brit, I have been astounded to see electrical sockets in the bathrooms. Right by the basin. It’s legal. It’s very convenient, but shocking (sorry, bad pun, but I’m leaving it) to those of us with more stringent (and sometimes, it has to be admitted, nannyish) building regs. I wouldn’t be so hung up on a plastic housing, but I would use a tape designed to be a proper insulating tape rather than just gaffer tape – stretch grippy electrical insulation tape makes a better seal, or ideally specialised – the name elfa comes to mind – tape which is used to cover connections in outdoor wiring. They’re legit. And I might well seal the external unit with something undoable like sugru, though this is well above any taps and unlikely to be in direct line of fire. Not being earthed is more of an issue!

    • tiffe says:

      You would be pleasantly surprised to know that sockets are next to sinks in US bathrooms as well.

      • xg says:

        Yes, electrical sockets are located in bathrooms in the US, however, unless very old, they are GFCI type. That stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interupter. It arrests the flow of electricity in the event of contact with water or other event. They are commonly identified by a small red reset button in the middle of the socket used to reset a tripped GFCI. However, sometimes they are daisy chained to another GFCI in the same room or in a room on the other side of the wall (so that only on GFCI is necessary). That was the way they were wrired when they were expensive, but now that they are pretty cheap each outlet usually has its own GFCI socket.

        Also, gaffers tape is not electrical tape. The above hack is destined for failure. Ikea chose not to include the transformer in the metal enclosure for a reason, possibly so that they can offer different adapters for different countries, but more likely because of heat. Heat kills electronics, and enclosing it in the base of the lamp is destined to overheat, which will also melt the gaffers tape. At least use electrical tape that can withstand high temperatures before failing.
        Good luck!

  3. miekk says:

    Don’t try this! Looks very dangerous. Admins please delete this hack!

  4. Nik says:

    PLEASE take this off your wall. It is near electricity, it is in a room that will get moist and probably steamy, it is close to your wash basin and it is not earthed.

    Please don’t dismiss this as an idiot hater – but please, think about your safety.

  5. Daniel says:

    I’m sorry I didn’t show in any photo how I covered the transformer.

    It is obviously crazy not to isolate the whole transformer, as it could touch the metal cover and electrocutate someone.

    So, when I said cover the trasformer, I meant wrap the whole transformer with a vinyl graffer tape, special to isolate electric circuits.

    • Ali says:

      Wrapping around transformer with tape is not the way to do it. Transformer must be housed in plastic housing like you see everywhere.

      Your light fixing is metal, and therefore must be earthed.

      And finally, you installed in the bathroom where water / steam is present, do your light base have a back plate which cover it and seal it to prevent any water entering inside?

      Oh why do you need that when you already have lights on both side of the mirror?

  6. Dean says:

    Yes, as everyone else is saying, this is a crazy hack and will probably end up very badly.

  7. Tobias says:

    Holy shit,

    Are you competing in the Darwin Awards? This is good idea, but a really dangerous implementation. Please insulate the transformer much better!

  8. Darren says:

    I like it, but I do not see how you mounted it to the wall. I could be missing it due to I am not familiar with the light you used

  9. tina says:

    Hmm, since this is a bathroom and the lamp is very near the washbasin I would be really worried about the safety of this. Sure, the LED itself is low voltage, but just putting a bit of gaffa tape on the bottom of the transformer board is NOT enough. Because the 230V are not only in the plastic connector but also on the high voltage pins of the transformer circuit – and those pins stick out on the bottom side of the PCB and can work themselves through gaffa tape over time and then you have 230 on the metal frame of the lamp!

    And not only at its base but also at its tip where you would be touching it with probably wet hands or it could be splashed with water while you wash and the water could be a conduit so the 230V could probably reach you even if you don’t actually touch the lamp! Since you would probably also be standing bare-foot on a damp floor that’s something you really, really do NOT want to happen.

    Because this is really dangerous, most countries have higher requirements on electrical equipment for bathrooms, especially in the “splash zone” right next to the wash basin / shower / bath tub. I’m not sure if the splash zone is the same for all EU countries but the area directly above the basin is definitely in the splash zone and rightly so – any possibility of getting in contact with 230 while wet is *really* dangerous – even if it’s only a “maybe”. So: please make sure you insulate that transformer board a lot better. Eg buy a little plastic case in an electronics shop and encase the board. There are little cases available that can fit inside that base. Be safe!

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