I love the Ikea line of Ranarp light fixtures. I wanted the work lamp for my home office, but it was out of stock. I brought home the pendant instead, and decided on some light fixture rearrangements: the existing pendant in the kitchen would be transitioned up to my office, and the new pendant would go over the kitchen table.
Above, right: the former kitchen pendant, now moved to the as-yet-unfinished office. With the addition of a dimmer (well, two actually, as the first one was faulty and didn’t work) all was well here.
That left a vacancy for this design statement in my kitchen. Haha:
A day later, the new pendant was installed:
So pretty. Look at that cord, and those brass accents. Perfect. But.
Of course there is always a but.
And here it is:
Wait, what? The hell? The top of the pendant does not cover the plate. Or the hole in the ceiling.
After a quick online search, I discovered that others are just as frustrated with this pendant design flaw. But a call to Ikea revealed that apparently no, there is nothing anywhere documenting such an issue. Hmm.
Does anyone out there have the answer to this dilemma? I want this light. Badly. But this ceiling disaster? Not so much. A bead of caulk, perhaps? Making our own metal ceiling plate somehow?
I love a challenge as much as the next person, but an Ikea light – no matter how inexpensive – wasn’t somewhere I expected to find a design “flaw” of this nature. It’s baffling.
Part two of this post – with the fix – is here.