There’s a lot to hate about IKEA. It’s not an idle joke on 30 Rock that IKEA can break up couples: I have literally seen a relationship fall apart in a garage, the smell of meatballs mixing with SUV exhaust as the screaming over how to fit a flat-pack armoire hit a fever pitch. That’s why I buy this stuff online, and the next thing I’m buying is the Dioder.

Despite sounding like a joke Spider-Man villain of Gerry Conway vintage, the Dioder is actually a small, battery-powered LED light. It’s designed to slot into the top of your drawer, just underneath where it meets the frame. So, if you need to see something in a drawer, you literally just open it up, and the Dioder flicks on, sparing you the trouble of having to root through a drawer to find that damn screwdriver.

It doesn’t have to be put in a drawer, of course; IKEA notes you can put it pretty much anywhere you want, provided you flick off the switch or are willing to change the batteries. It seems fairly ideal to put in any small, cramped, dark space that you might need a little light to get around in.

The one concern is the batteries, because from the looks of things, this requires AAs and will eat a lot of them: IKEA doesn’t say precisely how many are needed, but recommends picking up a six-pack. That’s mitigated somewhat by the fact that LEDs offer a lot of light relative to the power that they eat; even cheap batteries from the gas station will likely last a long time in the Dioder. Still, if you’re trying to cut down on battery usage, make note.


They’re $15 a pop, so pick up a few the next time you’re at IKEA. Or, you know, save your relationship and order online.

Dan Seitz

Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.