Have you been looking for a small chandelier that plugged in, and was under $50? We have been for Revyn’s room, and everything we found was close to or over $100. So not in my price range. Everyone I found at garage sales, flea markets, or ReStore’s were to big for the area we were using it in. I kept going back to the one at IKEA, but it is a direct wire not a plug-in. Revyn and I know that G can do ANYTHING! He is such a handy dude, jack of all trades! So now our IKEA chandy is plug-in, and I’m going to show you how you can do it. Here it is hanging up, minus the cord cover.
Now let me show you how my awesome hubs did this. Here is the kind of chandy we bought at IKEA.
****If you are not comfortable with electrical wiring you might want to get a professional to do it. All of G’s coding is done for his own use with what he has at the time, not per electrical code.****
1. Here is how it comes out of the box.
2.Shorten the chain to your desired length if you need to. The chain links are opened with pliers, links removed, then closed back up. To do this you have to remove the top cone piece and rod so you can get to the chain. Pay attention how you take it apart, because once the chain is shortened you have to put it back together.
3. Now remove the wiring you that you will not be using, and shorten the white cord. Here are the pieces you remove that you don’t use.
4. Here is what you need to make the cord to run from the direct wired top, down to your outlet plug. We also added a switch to the extension cord portion so you don’t have to plug and unplug it, you just flip the switch.
5. Determine the length of the cord you need, and cut off the excess from the outlet end. You will need the plug end, so don’t cut from that end. Once you get it the right length, figure out where you want the switch to go and wire it. You will need a multi-meter to figure out which of the 3 wires is hot. Here is a picture on how you wire the switch.
6. Here is the finished piece with the plug end and switch. Now you have to wire it to the chandelier.
7. We had already installed the hanging bracket piece that came with it on the stud. Hang your chandelier and wire in the extension cord piece. I labeled the 3 pieces (Hot, Neutral, & Ground) of the extension cord so you can see it wired in.
8. Now install the cone piece to hide the wiring, plug it in, and your ready to go.
Here is a little extra photo to show the fun we had at IKEA that day shopping for a few things. This girl cracks me up and is so fun to shop with.
IKEA has some cool stuff, so don’t be afraid to think outside the box and make it work for you.
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