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Make a budget friendly LED TERTIAL work lamp

This is my hack of a TERTIAL work lamp.

After an extensive research for a suitable work lamp for my JERKER desk I realized, for the available (short) budget, I was going to have to, once again, postpone my goal.

But then I saw a round LED ceiling panel that I had for a previous project. (Around €17 at the time.) And I wondered … what’s the diameter of the light? It turned out to be 17 centimeters.

I remember that number from somewhere (the IKEA catalogue page was open). The diameter value is the same as the TERTIAL shade!

Hmmm… For €8 I will try to hack it and have a LED TERTIAL work lamp on a budget!

Challenge accepted!

IKEA items used:
  • TERTIAL work lamp
Other materials and tools:

Hack instructions for LED TERTIAL work lamp:

Make a budget friendly LED TERTIAL work lamp

Just to confirm that TERTIAL shade and LED panel would perfectly match:

Make a budget friendly LED TERTIAL work lamp

To glue the two parts together I used a white polymer sealant (Soudal T-Rex Classic) and the result was quite promising.

Make a budget friendly LED TERTIAL work lamp

I left it to cure 24 hours, as specified by manufacturer, and started to adapt the electrical connection with LED driver.

Unscrewed the plastic nut that held the wire.

Make a budget friendly LED TERTIAL work lamp

Removed part of the light bulb socket.

Make a budget friendly LED TERTIAL work lamp

And replaced it with the LED driver.

Make a budget friendly LED TERTIAL work lamp

Inserted driver inside and tightened wire holding nut. There’s no need to glue it in!

Make a budget friendly LED TERTIAL work lamp

That was it… The hack was done!

After the sealant curing time was over I plugged the driver to the panel and joined the shade with the rest.

Make a budget friendly LED TERTIAL work lamp

Now I have a proper light to work with! I used it for some days and I can say that I’m pretty happy with the result.

Make a budget friendly LED TERTIAL work lamp

This hack can also be helpful if you do YouTube videos (or photography), serving as a studio light source. For that matter I would suggest that you pick a dimmable LED panel.

I hope you enjoy this hack and that I’ve inspired you in some way…

~ by Filipe, Portugal


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