Bottle lights spice things up: BEKVÄM luminaire

Your home bar needs this set of bottle lights!

LED luminaire in a bottle is based on a friend’s idea, but it was just a loose set of bottles and wires. The BEKVÄM spice rack adds the skeleton and makes it an actual portable bottle light.

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IKEA items used: 
Other materials and tools: 
  • Four (4) colored bottles
  • LED lighting strip (12/24V DC), that can be cut every 5cm, and connector cables
  • 20W LED power supply (230V to 12 or 24V), power cable with switch
  • Some 2×0,75mm2 cable (red/black)
  • Wooden skewers
  • Wood glue

DIY bottle lights

Collect a set of coloured bottles. Get them in different heights and shapes to create more interesting bottle lights.

The next step is to wash the bottles, and let them dry thoroughly.

bekvam spice rack and cables

Then, use wood glue on the base of the bottles and position them as you wish on BEKVÄM spice rack. I chose to set my bottles evenly apart.

Cut LED strips according to bottle size and attach the connector cable to LED strip. (Keep an eye for polarity!)

Next, drill a hole in each bottle’s cap. It should be large enough for the connector cable to pass through. Carefully remove plastic valves from each bottle.

bottle lights ikea BEKVÄM

Put three wooden skewers in parallel as skeleton for LED, strip self-adhesive tape and attach so that the LEDs point to the rear. You don’t want the LEDs to be emitting light directly to the front of the luminaire, you want the light to diffuse at the back of the bottles.

Lastly, attach connector cables to power supply and power cable with switch.

bottle lights ikea BEKVÄM
How long and how much did it cost?

3-4 hours per luminaire. extra materials: around 40E

What do you like most about the hack?

Every instance is different. And it’s actually quite difficult to get hold of coloured bottles!

bottle lights ikea BEKVÄM
What was the hardest part about this hack?

Removing the plastic valves in bottle heads.

What to pay special attention to?

Some LED strips are NOT meant for cutting. Make sure you buy those that come with compatible connector strips!

~ by Elias