We’ve been working on tackling the office and getting some nice things installed. The office is probably the second most used room in the condo so it’s super important that it’s comfortable. We picked up a set of TERMOSFAR low-voltage lights and manually installed them. This was tricky because we actually had to wire the electric in for this- there are also 2 hidden hacks here, which I’ll get to.

Here’s hack #1… when we installed them, we actually used these hooks from IKEA that didn’t originally come with them. Since we have an angled drop down wall over our desks, it allowed us to pull them tight to fit the angular direction.

Once we hung the hooks we started arranging the lights that come along the wire. There were 5 to spread out down the wall.


THEN we hooked it up to the little disco ball looking thing to transmit the electricity (sorry, the name is seriously failing me right now and the IKEA page doesn’t call it anything in particular either).

Once this was all hooked up we plugged it into wall and it was all set to go. It gives the office this really ambient and relaxing feeling which I LOVE. We installed them rather close to the walls so we got the nice drop shadows that remind me of water reflections or curtains slowly tumbling down the wall. ZEN.

Oh yeah. What was hack #2 you say?

Well originally, the lights would have to be wired right into the wall, without any external way to control them from right by the desk. We decided to install a switch, which we took from one of the IKEA Dudero floor lamps we have (that we really don’t use… and it’s pretty anyway so it can be there without acting like a lamp).

Interested in seeing some more pics? Here are some other full size ones so you can really feel the atmosphere.

19 responses to “TERMOSFAR Series Track Light Installation”

  1. Anne Avatar


    Thanks for sharing your hack. Nice job! I’m a complete novice so I had an electrician come out to help me install IKEA’s Termosfar cable lights. BUT he said that he can’t install them because he won’t be able to anchor them into wall studs and thought that the cables will pull out of the drywall. ๐Ÿ™

    Any thoughts?


    1. Sylvain Avatar

      I confirm that it barely hold into a drywall. It was a success for 3 anchors but the 4th one failed, I had to try 3 times more and it does not look like it will hold.

      1. Selena Avatar

        Hi Sylvain,

        We had the same issue, but we ended up using anchors to help the screws stay in: http://www.bobvila.com/articles/how-to-install-a-drywall-anchor/#.U_diqYBdV8w

  2. admin Avatar

    Hi Anne,

    I’m glad you like the hack. ๐Ÿ™‚ It took a lot of time to get these up and assembled.

    The cable and lights are fairly light- but to take some of the weight off of the ends we used hooks on the ceiling. We haven’t had any issues with the drywall. Let me know if you manage to get him back for install attempt # 2. If you have any more questions feel free to ask.

    Thanks again!

  3. Sergey Avatar

    This is really neat. I just bought one of those lights myself and I’ve been thinking about installing a switch just like Hack #2.

    Could you provide a few more details regarding how you managed to connect the switch to the metal orb?


  4. Derick Avatar

    What bulbs are you using to get the white light?

    1. SVN Avatar

      They’re actually the bulbs that came with the low voltage lights. We didn’t change them out ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Katie Avatar

    This is exactly what we are hoping to do! Was it difficult to re-wire the orb-disco ball thing to the plug-in switch cord?

  6. CondoSWAG Avatar

    No, it wasn’t too hard at all! We can take it apart and put up a post before the end of the weekend showing what it looks like when it’s all connected. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Kristin Avatar

    I’m so happy to find this post – love the effect!

    I was considering buying two sets of these to be my sole light source for a 12 x 16 all-white studio space (where I need to see detail). But after seeing your photos, I’m concerned the two sets might not be bright enough. What do you think?

    1. CondoSWAG Avatar

      Hi Kristin,

      Thanks for stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚

      I do think that two sets only may not be enough if you need to see a lot of detail. We have a pretty small office here, and with the way the lights fall (only lighting up every couple of inches) they did a good job of lighting up our desks and one side of the room. If it’s in your budget to get three sets, I would say start with 2 first, and see where that leaves you with being able to see finer details in the room.

  8. Gabriel Avatar

    do you have it plugged into an electrical outlet? or are the cables run through your wall?

    1. CondoSWAG Avatar

      Hi Gabriel,

      We have it plugged into an electrical outlet. You can use small staples to make sure the cord is staying along the wall and not laying out where somebody could trip over it/a pet could grab it. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks for stopping by!

  9. ctaque Avatar

    I there,
    I have that lamp and I’m asking myself if I can add a variator switch between the wall alimentation 220V and the transformator of the lamp? I gess it could work but i’m not sure if the transfomator allows an electrical current variation.
    Sorry for the mistakes, I’m French ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Selena Avatar

      Hi ctaque,

      Weโ€™re working on an updated posts that shows how we connecting the wiring. Iโ€™m hoping this will answer your questions about the connection between the wall and lamp transformer ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Khaled Avatar


    I bought this recently and I want to install it all on the ceiling, not attach it to the wall, and to light it up from an electric outlet with a regular key, just like any other ceiling lighting. But in that case, where would that disco ball be attached? to the ceiling as well? Also, would I also attach both ends of the cables to the ceiling?


    1. Selena Avatar

      Hi Khaled!

      I believe the disco ball would also have to go up on the ceiling depending on how long the wiring is. If your wiring is long, you can get away with having the disco ball on the higher part of the wall, and running the lighting to the ceiling. It’s tasteful enough where it could be made to look more like a decoration than a part to the lighting also, should you have to put it on the ceiling in order for it to reach.

      The cables would also need to reach up to the ceiling, as I don’t know of any remote way (yet) to have them function. The wiring can be easily disguised with wire hiders that blend with the ceiling if you run it along the creases, and only into the center of the ceiling as needed.

  11. cameron Avatar

    Hi I have tryed to install these lights and as I screwed the light to the cable the cable snaped does anyone know where I can get spare cable from

    1. Selena Avatar

      I’m guessing you can get a spare at Ikea! Check with them first. If you can’t, then you can probably find a similar one at a home improvement store like Home Depot / Lowes. Just bring them in the snapped wire and they can help locate a similar one.

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