When i decided to improve lighting on my desk i turned to Ikea. I got the Ikea Jansjo (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10128748) and the Ikea Lack (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/60124272) and mistakenly threw away the receipt. I did like the Jansjo because it was small and convenient, but the Lack didn't give me the results I was looking for. So, I converted the Ikea Lack bookcase lighting into a Jansjo look-a-like. The modified Lack turned out to be as convenient as the Jansjo light and it was less expensive.
Step 1: Everything you will need
For this project you will need to get:
- IKEA LACK bookcase light (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/60124272) $24.99
- USB bend a light. I got two at Fry's electronics (http://shop3.frys.com/product/5421199?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG) for $4.99.
- Stuff you should have on hand: Epoxy, drill, wire cutters, soldering iron, screw driver, thermal compound, liquid tape
Step 2: Taking it all apart
Disassemble your new Ikea Lack lights. I found a dental pick pops the lens straight out. Unscrew the two screws, pop white cover out, and your are looking at the LED. As for the usb flex light, I had to use brute force. Squeezing the plastic with pliers worked wonders. Once the plastic cracked, it came right off. Cut or unsolder the LED and save it for your next project. I decided to make one of my modified lights usb so it's left intact. If you feel that you have to remove it, cut it open with a razor and remove the plastic casing. You should be able to remove wires off the plug at that point. If you're having problems pulling out the wires heat up the tube with a lighter and then pull on wires.