QUANS Led Lamp replacement for IKEA Jansjo Led Lamp

Photo: QUANS Led Lamp replacement for IKEA Jansjo Led Lamp (ikea_and_quans)

I have lots of IKEA Jansjo Led Lamps in my studio. 4 or 5 of them over each lathe. My students and I love them. They are the perfect light! Not to bright, not to dim. The 19" gooseneck is not to stiff or soft. It stays put were you put it. HOWEVER, they are out of production. IKEA stopped selling them several years ago.

I have been looking for a good replacement for my students for the last couple of years. I think I have finally found one. It is the "QUANS 5W COB LED Gooseneck Light". The Amazon price is $17 on 10/11/2023. Note: I have seen the same light for a lot more other places.

Photo: NONE (amazon_quans_gooseneck)

Google "QUANS 5W COB Led Gooseneck Light"

When you go to Amazon you can select "Warm White" or "Cool White". I like "Warm White". (See Warm vs Cool White discussion below.)

The instruction sheet that ships with light says it is 500 LM (lumens). Multiple sources on the web say old fashion incandescent 40 watt bulbs are 400 to 500 lumens and 60 watt bulbs are 700 to 800 lumens . They also say 500 lumens is "bright enough to allow you to see text clearly, but not so bright that it will cause eye strain".

Note: The QUANS people DO NOT have a good short name for their light. I call it the "QUANS 5W COB Led Gooseneck Light" because that is what it says on the directions sheet that comes with the light. On Amazon they call it the "QUANS 5W Clip on Clamp Gooseneck COB LED Desk Table Light lamp …". I have seem similar names other places. Some times it is a "Desk" lamp. Other places it is a "Work" lamp. Some places it has a 19" gooseneck. Others places it is 50cm. (50cm = 19.685")

Photo: Replacement Criteria (ikea_replace_criteria) Replacement Criteria

I was looking for all the things I love about the IKEA Jansjo LED lamp, when I was looking for a replacement. I was looking for the following.

  1. Must be a LED lamp.
  2. Must be less than $20.

    The IKEA Jansjo light sold for around $12. The price actually varied a lot with sales, etc. It was always less than $20.

    There is NO WAY I am going to pay $100 or more for a LED light. Woodturning retailers who are trying to sell me a LED light for big bucks can forget about it! (See Moffatt LED Task Light below.)

    I like to have 4 or 5 small, not to bright LED lights over my lathe. There is no way I am going to spend or recommend people spend 4 * $100 = $400 on lights!
  3. Not to bright! None of this super bright crap!

    Old people need lots of light. Lots of small, not to bright lights that you can direct where you need the light.

    NOT one super bright light that burns your eyes out when it reflects of off what ever you are trying to turn.

    Note: My definition of "Lots" is 4 or 5 small lights. "Not to bright" is like a 40 to 60 watt incandescent light bulb. If too bright then you turn some of them off. If not bright enough then you can add more for less than $20 each. You can't turn off ONE super bright light!
  4. A light on a nice flexible gooseneck.

    The gooseneck MUST be not to soft or stiff. The light should stay put, where you put it. Even when the lathe shakes a little.
  5. QUANS Gooseneck Light The gooseneck needs to be around 19" long. Like the IKEA Jansjo light.

    Shorter gooseneck are no good. You can't get the light where you need it. Longer goosenecks are to long to deal way. They get in the way. Don't stay put.
  6. "Warm White" light color. Like an incandescent light bulb.

    I DO NOT like "Cool White" lights. Like florescent lights. Why? See "Warm vs Cool White" discussion below.
  7. No "one button does it all" or "touch button" crap!

    When I turn the light on, I want it to always be the same as when I last turned it off. I don't want to dork around with adjusting a light each time I turn it on.

    I DO NOT want to touch or push one button multiple times to turn it on, select the light color, and brightness. I am not making this up. There are way to many "touch" or "one button does it all" lights on Amazon, etc.
  8. Has a plug that I can plug into an power strip.

    I want to be able to turn on/off 4 or 5 lights with one switch.
  9. QUANS Spring Clip Base Has a magnetic base or a base that is easy to adapt via DIY.

    I like many other people always removed the big bulky base from the IKEA Jansjo lights and added my own magnetic base. I like two lights per magnet. (See Convert to Magnetic Base below.) Cutting away the flared plastic part at the bottom of IKEA light to reveal the threaded end of the gooseneck was not easy and a real pain.

    It would be rnice if I could purchase a light with a magnetic base. Unfortunately, all the LED lights on Amazon and the web that come with magnetic bases are to expensive or don't meet one of my above criteria.

    Thus the QUANS LED light I recommend here is the next best thing. The bottom of the gooseneck is easy to see in the spring clamp. I just need to unscrew the nut and I can remove it from the spring clamp. Then mount it on my own magnetic base. The only problem is, I need to cut the wire to get it out of spring clamp. Then splice the wire back together. No big deal. Because, I like two lights per magnetic base with just one cord.

Photo: QUANS 3 Colors Led Light (amazon_quans_3_colors) QUANS 3 Colors Led Light

BEWARE! They sell a very similar looking QUANS "3 Colors" light on Amazon. There is no way I want anything to do with this light!

Why? Because you switch colors by turning the light on/off. Each time you turn it off then on, it changes colors. I absolutely hate this modern "One Switch" does it all crap. When I turn the light on, I want it to always be the same as when I last turned it off. I don't want to dork around with adjusting a light each time I turn it on.

The "3 Colors" are "Cool White", "Warm White" and "Cool White + Warm White". I only like "Warm White". I want "Warm White" 100% of the time. Thus the above QUANS "Warm White" only light is the one I want.

Photo: Cord and Switch are 110 Volts AC (magnetic_light_base_01) Cord and Switch are 110 Volts AC

BEWARE! The cord and switch on the "QUANS 5W COB Led Gooseneck Light" are 110 volts, all the way to the lamp head. If you cut and splice the cord, then you need to use wire nuts or solder the connection and insulate with good electrical tape or heat shrink tubing.

This warning is here because the old "IKEA Jansjo Led Lamp" was 7 volts DC. People use to cut it up and use it for lots of DIY things. If you got things wrong and you were only dealing with 7 volts DC, then no big deal. The little box on the plug end of the IKEA light convert from 110 volts AC to 7 volts DC. The cord and switch were only 7 volts DC.

The little box on the plug end of the QUANS light is empty. Nothing in it. The cord connects directly to the 110 volt AC plug. See photo.

I really don't see anything wrong with this. We have been living with old incandescent table lamps, etc with 110 volt AC cords and switches for years and years.

Photo: Spring Clamp is Easy to Remove (magnetic_light_base_02) Spring Clamp is Easy to Remove

You can easily remove the spring clamp and replace it with a magnetic base or what ever for DIY. (See "Convert to Magnetic Base" section below.)

Just loosen up the nut on the end of the gooseneck. HOWEVER you must cut and splice the 110 volt AC cord. See above warning.


Photo: NextLED Gooseneck Flashlight (amazon_nextled_light) NextLED Gooseneck Flashlight

I got one of these from Amazon and tried it out. It is ok. I don't like the cool white color and it is a little to bright for my tastes.

It is easy to mechanically zoom the light in/out by adjusting the lens on the head of the light. The gooseneck is good. Not to rigid, not to soft. Stays put.

If you don't want to deal with power cords then it may be a good option. However, I like being able to plug all of my lights in to a power strip and turn them all on/off with a single switch on the power strip.

Photo: VOLREX Magnetic Work Light (amazon_volrex_light) VOLREX Magnetic Work Light

This light has the "switchable" on/off magnetic base that some people like.

I did not waste my money on this light. Why? Because I don't like the looks of it.

  1. I don't like the price! $60 is way to much money for a LED light! The above QUANS light is only $17. You can get a magnetic base from Harbor Freight for $13.
  2. The color of the light is "Cool White". Like a florescent light. I strongly prefer "Warm White". Like a good old incandescent light bulb.
  3. The 27.5" gooseneck is too long. It will get in the way. It is to flexible?
  4. I don't like the way the gooseneck mounted on the side of the light head. It makes it hard to position the light. I like it when the gooseneck goes into the back of the light head. Like the above QUANS light.

Photo: IKEA Navlinge Light (ikea_navlinge) IKEA Navlinge Light

This light appears to be IKEA's replacement for the much loved IKEA Jansjo Led Lamp. This light was a complete and total waste of my money.

Only the top part of the lamp is flexible. The long straight part in the photo is rigid. It can not be bend. The flexible part is not very flexible. It sucks!

Photo: iZELL LED Desk Lamp (amazon_izell_lamp) iZELL LED Desk Lamp

I own a very similar lamp. The one that, I actually own is no longer for sale on Amazon.

I like the 3 button switch on the cord. None of that one button does it all crap. You can easily dim it, thus it is not to bright.

The light is OK, but not great. The long multi LED head on the light is hard to point at a single spot where you really need some light. It also, gets in the way and pokes you in the head. Not good for the lathe.

It is a good reading light over the chair in my office. It would be ok over a grinder.

Photo: Moffatt LED Task Light (moffatt_led_task_light) Moffatt LED Task Light

I am showing this light, because woodturning retailers are trying to sell this light, and other similar ones for $100 plus.

On the Moffatt web site it says the Moffatt light sells for $183 and is 500 lumens.

An old fashion 60 watt incandescent light bulb is 700 to 800 lumens. (See How Bright Is The Light? below.) Thus the Moffatt light for $180 is like an old fashion 60 watt light bulb for $180! A sucker is born every minute?

The QUANS LED light I recommend is 500 lumens for $17.

Twenty years ago the old incandescent Moffatt lights were the best you could get for turning. $100 plus for a single LED light these days is just way to much in my not so humble opinion.


Warm vs Cool White Photo: Warm vs Cool White (warm_or_cool_white)

Look for 3000K or "Warm White".

In the technical world, the color of the light produced by a light bulb is measured in temperature degrees. They use the "Kelvin" temperature degree scale. In the marketing world, their are all kinds of crazy "xxxx white" names. Looking at the K temperature number is the only way to known what you are getting when you purchase a light.

In general warm lights have lower color temperatures, and therefore appear more yellow, while cool lights have higher color temperatures, and appear whiter or bluer.

"Warm White" is like an incandescent light bulb. It is 3000K. "Cool White" is like a florescent light. It is 4000K. "Daylight" is like being outdoors. It is 6000K.

I like "Warm White". Why? When I make my wood turned art, I want to see what my customers are going to see at home or in a gallery. Most people live in a warm white world. They have old incandescent light bulbs or modern lights (compact florescent or LEDs) that mimic the old warm white incandescent lights. They do not live in a supermarket, office building or factory with cool white florescent lights.

Home Depot, etc often have live displays that show different light bulb color temperatures. Stop by and check them out.

For more info you can also check out integral-led.com/en/content/warm-white-or-cool-white or Google "Warm White vs Cool White".

Photo: How Bright Is The Light? (ftc_watts_to_lumens) How Bright Is The Light?

There is a good write up on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Consumer Advice web site. Yea, I known people don't trust the government these days. You can find similar stuff all over the web. They all agree more or less.

From the FTC web site at consumer.ftc.gov/articles/shopping-light-bulbs I quote:

That Are Lumens?

Today’s light bulbs are designed to use less energy, so wattage isn’t a reliable way to gauge a light bulb’s brightness. Lumens measure brightness: more lumens means brighter, while fewer lumens means dimmer.

lumens = brightness
watts = energy

For example, a traditional 60-watt incandescent bulb produces about 800 lumens of light. By comparison, you can find an LED (light-emitting diode) bulb that produces that same 800 lumens but uses only about 9 watts.

How Bright Is the Light?

This graphic shows the number of lumens produced by traditional incandescent bulbs. If you’re looking to buy a bulb with the amount of light you used to get from a 60-watt bulb, for example, you’ll now look for 800 lumens.

From other sources. Multiple sources on the web say old fashion incandescent 40 watt bulbs are 400 to 500 lumens and 60 watt bulbs are 700 to 800 lumens . They also say 500 lumens is "bright enough to allow you to see text clearly, but not so bright that it will cause eye strain".

Photo: COB is Chip On Board (chip_on_board_leds) COB is Chip On Board

What is "COB" in "QUANS 5W COB LED Gooseneck Light"? COB is short for Chip On Board.

COB LED lights look like they are the latest and greatest thing on the web. They are multiple LED chips on a board, underneath a uniform phosphor coating. See photo.

I am an electrical engineer. Thus, this is probably of more interest to me, than most people.

For more info see lumileds.com/technology/led-technology/understanding-cob-leds/

Convert to Magnetic Base

Photo: Convert to Magnetic Base

See my DIY Magnetic Light Base bog entry for more info.

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