|Review by EBpenguy||posted 02-28-2014 02:11 AM||3732 views||9 times favorited||7 comments|
I went to the recent Woodworking Show in Somerset, NJ and saw a really nice, goose necked LED task light at one of the booths. It was pretty slick, but almost $70 to buy. I had already overspent my budget and was not happy to pass on this! I told one of my woodturning buddies about it and he suggested I look instead at a similar light he had used from IKEA for $9.99. And I am glad I listened to him.
IKEA sells this as the Jansjo desk lamp number 201.696.58 in black. It also comes in white. You can use it right out of the box if you want, but the base it comes with is just a cast sand weight. With a slight amount of modifications and a purchase of a round base magnet, it becomes a really good task light for anything in the shop. The light runs on 120v, comes with its own small transformer and a reasonably long cord from the lamp to the transformer. It uses 8 watts to put out a pretty bright focused light from its LED bulb.
The light comes all apart in the box. It has two screw studs to attach it to the original base. I cut out a wooden spacer block about 2” in diameter from a piece of 1x board and drilled two holes to match the studs from the light into it. To make sure it would sit flat on the base I countersunk the screws into the wooden spacer. I also bought a 3” diameter base magnet at Harbor Freight – part number 96650 – for $3.99 to modify as the new lamp base. You can also find these in lots of other stores like Staples or Home Depot. I tossed the provided weighted non magnetic base and instead attached the lamp to my wooden spacer with the provided bolts from the lamp.
I then screwed the new magnetic base to the wooden spacer with a few small wood screws. I drilled an extra hole in the magnetic base for a second screw just to make it a bit stronger a grip between the magnet and my wooden spacer. Simply screw everything together, stick on the included foam scratch pad if you want and plug in the light to enjoy a bright task light that works great!
Total price was $14. A significant savings over the $70 light to say the least. I got one for my lathe, one for the bandsaw and one for my grinder and still spent less than half of the one that caught my eye.
Hope this works for you!
-- Kevin - making shavings when ever I can!