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I love the Ikea Ranarp Lamp

I mentioned that I was really crushing on the Ranarp lamp back when I did a round up of my favorite kitchen lighting options. I loved it from the jump, first seeing it on the swedish ikea blog Livet Hemma. I crossed my fingers hoping that the same line would be coming to North America soon.

Earlier this week when I made a pit stop for some essentials at Ikea, I saw the Ranarp lamp in person, and there was no way I was leaving the store without some version of it.

We’ve been in desperate need of a lighting solution for the living room forever. Our house is old, and like lots of old houses they were made with no overhead lighting in the living rooms. We have two wall sconces instead, and as you would imagine, they don’t give off very much light. We’ve been living in a cave at night for a long time. I could’ve easily solved this problem by buying a lamp or two, I mean, that would make sense and all. Lighting is expensive though, and I’m afraid I won’t like it 6 months down the road.

I have been imagining that a telescoping floor lamp would be perfect in our living room. We only have one side table, and it already has a bunch of stuff on it, so a table lamp is out of the question. A floor lamp is the right move for our space, and I liked the idea of a task lamp giving focused light in a corner of the room. I’ve had my eye on the industrial task lamp over at West Elm, and have been hoping that they’ll start producing it in some of the color options, like they do in the table lamp version. I’d love to have it in green. That green lamp that doesn’t really exist, has been my only lighting prospect, until Ranarp that is.

They had me at brass-ish fixtures and braided black and white cord. Okay, so the brash finishes are powder coated, but really, unless you get up close, you can’t tell. The rest of the construction is totally solid. I’ve had lamps from Ikea before that get all wobbly in no time, but this has a nice heavy base and solid metal rod. It’s hard for me to imagine this lamp falling to pieces any time soon.

I’m constantly in awe of Ikea, and what they can produce for us masses, how they package it, and make it affordable. I should’ve been a furniture designer in another life, instead I am a furniture designer admirer. Anyway, I’m sold on this lamp, and for $60 bucks, it’s worth every penny. It was hard to resist leaving the store without a set of the ceiling pendants for the boys’ room too.

in Around the House, Decor
19 comments… add one
  • Melissa November 7, 2013

    I love this line of lighting to. I swear, IKEA just keeps getting better and better.

  • Molly February 16, 2014

    That light looks great in your space! I just picked up the desk light, and 2 pedants for my kitchen. I looooove these lights!

    • Scoops February 17, 2014

      Molly! Don’t get me started. I have to resist the urge to buy them in every shape and size. I have the floor and desk lamp currently and I love them both! The pendants would be perfect for a kitchen!

    • IAn March 18, 2014

      Hi molly,

      How in the heck did you get the pendant to hang properly? We bought one a week ago and can’t get the cap ti sit flush with teh ceiling – i think it has something to do with the little hook they give you to attach to the cord. is there some secret for that you can share? I hate ikea instructions – give me words!

      Thanks for “shedding some light” on the subject.

      • Scoops March 19, 2014

        Hey Ian, I didn’t purchase the pendant so I can’t answer your question, but I have had experience with Ikea pendants. If it’s the same set up as most of their pendants there will be a hook and white threaded plastic attachment piece. Keep trying, and make sure not to strip the threaded plastic. Try using a pliers to grip the white piece through the center over the cover – that’s worked for me in the past.

      • Jess August 15, 2014

        Ian – did you ever find a way to hang them flush? I can’t figure it out!
        Thanks for any suggestions :)

        • Jessica September 22, 2014

          In the same boat! if anyone knows how to attach this lamp properly to the ceiling please enlighten me!

          • Scoops September 26, 2014

            Wish I could help you guys, but I don’t own the pendant, only the table lamps. Good luck!

          • Greg September 30, 2015

            Me too in Australia! We have 4 of them all with the same problem.

          • Greg September 30, 2015

            Me too in Australia! We have 4 of them all with the same problem.
            It isn’t something that can be fixed by pulling with pliers – the top piece is simply not long enough.

  • jen March 29, 2014

    what is that sofa?? i loveeee the legs on it. more details please!

    • Scoops April 1, 2014

      The sofa is the Andre sofa from Room and Board. We’ve had it a year and it’s been great for us! Nice and long and the fabric wears well :)

  • Christine July 28, 2014

    This is going to sound so stupid but did you have any trouble getting the light bulb into the ranarp? I can’t seem to make it work. Ugh.

    • Scoops July 29, 2014

      I didn’t Christine, do you think it could be a bad light – I’m sure Ikea would replace it. That totally stinks! Good luck.

  • liz January 8, 2015

    Great looking living space! I love the rattan/wicker ottoman you have- please share where from, I’ve been trying to find this for some time and no luck so far!

    Thank you!

    • Scoops January 8, 2015

      Liz! Thanks so much. The ottoman is vintage and made by Franco Albini. You can find them on ebay or etsy for some doughzo, but I hear of them popping up in thrift stores or at garage sales often. Good luck!

  • Lostintranslation March 28, 2015

    I just installed a couple of pendant lights and they have a MAJOR design flaw. Not only is it nearly impossible to get the light flush with the ceiling due to their innovative (aka idiotic) “pull and tighten” design, but the ceiling trim piece doesn’t cover the mounting plate. As a result, even if you are able to get the trim flush with the ceiling, it is still going to look terrible. I’m not a fan of Home Depot lighting, but at least the people that design their lights figured out a fool-proof way to attach the trim piece to the mounting bracket – SCREWS!!!

    • Scoops March 31, 2015

      Hey there! I know, Ikea pendants are the worst for getting flush to the ceiling. I don’t have the Ranarp pendant, but I’ve had experience with a few other styles. I found that using a pliers to pull the threaded plastic piece through helps a lot. I have no idea why Ikea hasn’t figured out a way to make this easier.

  • josh October 21, 2016

    Any chance you know how far the floor lamp adjusts, like front to back? Does it even do this, so the front (with the bulb) part cantilevers out more? I am thinking about fitting this in a tight space, and only have about 8″ of depth for the back part of the top to go back before it hits the wall.

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