I really like the look of mini-pendant lights. The more lights, the better! My vision was to arrange about 20 of them in a line, scattered about in an semi-organic pattern. I needed to construct a mount and figure out a way to convert the line voltage to 12 volts to power the 10 watt lamps. I'm not much of an electrician, and I was trying to keep the project around $300, so I figured it was best to cannabilize several existing low-voltage, mini-pendant lamps. IKEA hooked me up with three KRYSSBO lamps that came with some nice looking, glass pendants, bulbs, and the necessary transformers. I grabbed a spool of speaker wire, some wood, and I was set.
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Step 1: Get Multi-Mini-Pendant Lamps from IKEA
I got three of the KRYSBBO model with 7 lamps each, for a total of 21 lamps. The lamp comes with the bulbs and transformers.
Step 2: Snip the bulb attachments from the IKEA lamp
I used a dremel tool to cut around the metal tube attached to the bulb assembly, exposing a couple inches of wire to attach to my own wiring that will drop from the frame.
Step 3: Assemble the frame or mount for your suspended mini-pendants
A simple rectanglular piece of wood with a matching frame of slightly smaller dimension to allow space for the wiring and transformers.
Step 4: Glue the frame to the concealing mount
Be sure your frame is thick enough to allow room for your transformers.
Step 5: Reinforce with countersunk screws
This will end up being heavy, so make sure it's sturdy. Lightly sand the edges and surfaces, wipe, and paint the outer surfaces of the frame and mount to match or coordinate with your ceiling.
Step 6: Suspend the lights
Attach wiring to your bulb assemblies and make them look night with shrink-tubing or segments of aluminum tubing to slide over the wiring connection. Drill holes in your mount and thread the wiring through the holes, suspending your pendants with a knot in the wire. Connect the pendant wiring to the transformers, not exceeding the total maximum wattage as indicated on the transformers. Connect the transformers to your home's lamp wiring.