Hack an IKEA Chandelier into a Photography Ring Light

By Jason Fitzpatrick on August 22nd, 2011

Ring lights aren’t cheap and usually aren’t particularly customizable. This IKEA-based hack is easy, cheap, and highly customizable.

For years the IKEA Kvartil chandelier was a popular base for DIYers to build up into a photography ring light. After the Kvartil was discontinued Iñigo Alonso discovered the Glänsa chandelier system makes just as good a base for a ring light.

If you’re comfortable working with hand tools and wiring a simple lamp assembly, you can easily follow along and customize your Glänsa-based ring light with as few or many lights as you need. Watch the video above to see how it’s done–the video is narrated in Spanish but the steps are all clear regardless of your ability to speak the language.

Glänsa Ring Light [YouTube via DIY Photography]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 08/22/11
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