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When decorating the living room in our new house, my wife and I searched for a wood/steel combination wall lamp. We did not find exactly what we wanted, or we declared it as was way too expensive, but the HEKTAR design from IKEA did have the shade form we liked.

So I decided to put in on some wood slabs so it would completely fulfill our requirements. The building process was relatively simple.

IKEA items used:
  • HEKTAR ceiling track with 3 spots

HEKTAR ceiling track with 3 spots

Other materials and tools:
  • Some wood slabs from a local home store
  • Wires
  • Screw terminal

Hack instructions for HEKTAR wall lamp

Wood and Steel HEKTAR wall lamp

First, we disassembled the HEKTAR lamp. It left us with 3 lampshades connected with some wire.

Wood and Steel HEKTAR wall lamp

After choosing a nice layout of the wood slabs, I milled the centre of the slab (where the lamp is mounted) back to 5mm thickness.

Wood and Steel HEKTAR wall lamp

The shaft of the HEKTAR lampshade is not that long. I milled some tracks to route the wires from one lamp to another and used a few small metal strips to connect the wood slabs.

Wood and Steel HEKTAR wall lamp

Connecting the lamps with screwterminals finalized the process. Within a few hours, it was done.

~ by Tim V