Installing New IKEA Lighting in the Girl Cave

Last March I went to IKEA and bought a bunch of stuff including new lighting for the master bedroom and girl cave.  I installed the master bedroom lights right after my trip, but didn’t install the girl cave ones until today, over a year later…  oops.  This was one of the items on my list of things to accomplish in 2016.

OLD, ugly can lights [3 of them]:

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can lights on the girl cave ceiling        taking the new girl cave ceiling fan for a test drive

NEW IKEA lights – 2 Husinge LED ceiling track lights and an Onsjö “firefly” LED chandelier:

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I LOVE my new lights 🙂  Especially the chandelier which looks like an atom.  Stay tuned later this week for why the new track lighting will be extra helpful to me!

Here are some installation shots.  Of course my first step was turning off the circuit breaker in the basement, and using my voltage tester on each ceiling box.  Thankfully all 3 can lights popped off the ceiling with a lever, leaving simple covers to remove:

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The stupid base of the LED chandelier wouldn’t sit flush with the ceiling [it relies on gravity and a hook/eye thingy instead of a simple screw like the track lighting bases] so I used Sugru for the first time.  Sugru is AWESOME [pronounced “Soo-Groo”].  While the Sugru set I used duct tape to keep the base flush with the ceiling.  After 30 minutes I removed the tape and so far, so good!  I’m relying on the dark color of the ceiling and the height of the chandelier base to hide the Sugru…:

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Stay tuned for my next post, which will reveal my new, much improved WORK SHOP!!!

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5 Comments

  1. Jessica @CapeofDreams

    Fairy lights!!! They look much better.

  2. Love that atom chandelier! Is you ceiling black or dark purple? Whichever, it looks cool. What a great view for inspiration!

    • Thanks, D’Arcy! It’s dark purple, with some shine to it. I keep meaning to add twinkle lights but it’s hasn’t happened yet.

  3. Wow – what a difference those lights make. And what a pleasure to click on the first picture and easily navigate through the rest of them. Your girl cave looks spectacular. Great job – as always!

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