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Published on October 25th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


EXPEDIT LEDs with style


Materials: EXPEDIT 4×2, LEDBERG, 19mm Anti-Vandal switch button.

Description: Here’s my second Ikea Hack. I’ve decided to add a button on top of the Expedit to turn on/off the LEDBERG led bars. As you can see in the pictures there’s just a button switching on and off my LEDBERG lights inside the Expedit(4×2).


To achieve this I had to make 4 holes on the top part of the Expedit, which is the only part I have modified and put a some wires inside.

So the holes I did are as follows:
1 Hole for the switch button 19mm.
1 hole for the power cables behind the expedit, 14mm is enough.
2 holes to let the cables go inside the top part and end inside the 2 rooms enclosed with glass shelves and power the led bars, 8mm.

The images tells the story better than I do so look at them. The very difficult part is letting the cables go inside the small holes, but if you want to do it, buy the fish tape/rod which is the tool to lead cables inside the house walls, it’s used by electricians.

~ Miljan Bojovic, Bergamo, Italy

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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".

10 Responses to EXPEDIT LEDs with style

  1. Miljan Bojovic says:

    to: Cougarbg
    If you look at the second picture you can see the AC cable. I’ve used the original transformer from LEDBERG as power source. It’s hidden behind the expedit :)

  2. Cougarbg says:

    I plan on doing something similar to this for my son’s bedroom. Are you using a battery as your power source or are you plugging into the wall? Thank you!

  3. Michael Fischer says:

    Very cool Idea.
    I have taken one Expedit as a vitrine for some ModelTrains and of course it will look much better if there is a light inside. To set the switch inside the front looks brilliant.
    Have fun

  4. Miljan Bojovic says:

    Jenny: the lights are just beneath the top part, you can see them in the second picture. They are those 2 white thin and long bars. I’ve used the LEDBERG leds from ikea.

    Thank you guys! :)

  5. Jenny says:

    Hello: I love your idea! How did you put the LED light into your shelf? Is the back of your bookcase without the insert?

  6. Dan Dye says:

    I thinik I found a source for the switch used. It is a PV6 Series Illuminated, Sealed, Long Life Anti-vandal Switch

  7. nicmare says:

    a button? why? use a remote control for your leds!

  8. ratio says:

    Very cool blue button! Great idea!

  9. olSon olSon says:

    Really nice and now just want doing the same!
    Can you show us more photo (maybe on your website or blog)

  10. Lynn Williamson says:

    Very cool love it where did you get the lights from?

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