what the hell, Ikea?

January 8, 2009 |  Category:   home


One of the things I want to do when we have a bit more disposable income to spend on the house is invest in some light fixtures. We’ve still got the standard ceiling light fixtures that came with the apartment, save for a cheap chandelier that we got at home depot in the kitchen because I couldn’t particularly stand the one that the kitchen came with (although the one we currently have is sort of out of sync with how the rest of the apartment has turned out). The main priority would be to get an electrician install a light above our dining table – in winter months I feel like we eat most meals in near-darkness. But while at Ikea the other day, we thought it would be nice to have a paper lantern light in M’s bedroom above her bed when we were browsing the housewares section. And so we bought the cord kit and the lantern, and installed it…but wait. Where the hell was the light switch? There is no light switch?? What the hell, Ikea???

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  • Anna January 8, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Oh god, I know. So annoying. My solution is to hook it up to a plug-in dimmer, then put the dimmer somewhere convenient.
    Ikea sells them: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90063173

  • Jenna January 8, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    good suggestion. But the outlet is somewhere inaccessible, behind the bed, so I don’t think that would work. So for now, mark is unscrewing and screwing the lightbulb when we want it on for story time. Yes, very annoying.

  • Angela January 8, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Hmm, yeah really annoying. I think they’re mostly meant to be used in half-hot outlets, the ones where the top part of the outlet is connected to the switch near the door. Those are really common in inexpensive homes where there is no overhead light in the bedroom, but I’m not sure about your house…

  • Stella January 8, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Oh man, that sucks. I wish I had a genius idea for you.
    I love how Claudine is looking up at the lamp in the picture. 🙂

  • Rachel January 8, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    I got a light cord kit for a paper lantern at Cost Plus and it has a light switch on it. I think the kit was like $9.99.

  • BklynGirl January 8, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Hi! I’m a long-time reader and sometime eater of your baked goods. 🙂
    You can pick up a really great replacement with a switch in Chinatown. I got mine at the Pearl River Mart very cheaply.

  • Jenna January 8, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    BklynGirl, ah yes, pearl river would be a good place to get a replacement. The Ikea one was so cheap and the cord was very long, longer than most, which is why we picked it up, but you know – never thought to check to see if there was a switch. Thanks for the tip.

  • tina January 8, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    I’ve got the same issue, but my solution prob won’t work with an inaccessible outlet (I plugged mine into a surge protector with an on/off switch that sits on my desk).

    How about “The Clapper”?

  • Jenna January 8, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Tina, I actually thought about the clapper and clapped my hands, haha. Congrats on the baby by the way…I will be reading your blog for updates.

  • Jenn January 8, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    TOTORO! I loved that cartoon when I was little (Well, I still like it now)

  • Birgit January 9, 2009 at 7:03 am

    You can buy a switch at a hardware store. I had a this problem with a lamp, so I cut the cord and installed an in-line cord switch, it’s very easy and only cost a few bucks.

  • jennifer January 9, 2009 at 8:59 am

    I’ve had issues with Ikea lamps before, mostly due to strange bulbs sizes that you can’t find anywhere. But they are more trouble to return, so they are still crammed under my bed.