DIY Wall Mounted Black Pipe Lamp

Article Posted By: Ben Uyeda

of HomeMade Modern

DIY Wall Mounted Black Pipe Lamp

This wall-mounted black pipe lamp is uncommonly attractive, with a sophisticated industrial look. It even has a touch dimmer, which controls the brightness of the light with just a touch.

This eye-catching iron pipe lamp was created by Ben Uyeda of HomeMade Modern using materials in a pipe decor kit available from The Home Depot, along with other items from The Home Depot’s aisles.

DIY Black Pipe Lamp

This DIY black pipe lamp has a touch dimmer and is made entirely from materials from The Home Depot. This project is a demonstration of how to design your own lamp, but all electrical tasks should be performed by a professional electrician.

Materials

½ in. diameter pipes

1 in. diameter pipes

Other materials


Step 1: Lay out the pipes

Building a DIY Wall Mounted Black Pipe Lamp

I started by laying out all the pieces of pipe on the floor. My design started with a 5-way fitting that I got out of one of the LDR Pipe Décor Paper Towel Kit. The challenge for making pipe lamps is in threading the wires through the pipes without them getting bunched up.

Building a DIY Wall Mounted Black Pipe Lamp

Building a DIY Wall Mounted Black Pipe Lamp

It is possible to thread the wires through before assembling the pipes but then you risk twisting the wires and breaking your wire connections. I assemble straight pieces of pipe together and then thread the wires through before assembling the last few pieces of pipe. Using thin “pull wires” to snake through the pipes and create a hook that can pull the electrical wires through is also an option.


Step 2: Connect the wires

Working with electricity can be dangerous, and all electrical connections should be made by a professional electrician.


Step 3: Assemble

Building a DIY Wall Mounted Black Pipe Lamp

Building a DIY Wall Mounted Black Pipe Lamp

Once I connected the wires, I screwed together the final pieces of pipe. The wires were a bit too long, but I used the large diameter pipes right below the sockets to store the excess length of wire.

I screwed Cree LED light bulbs into the candelabra sockets. I used CREE bulbs because I like the light quality and they fit nicely into the pipe fittings.


Step 4: Find the studs in the wall

Building a DIY Wall Mounted Black Pipe Lamp

I used my stud finder to locate the 2 x 4s behind the gypsum board. This lamp is quite heavy and I wanted to make sure I was screwing it to the structure in the wall not just to the gypsum board.

Building a DIY Wall Mounted Black Pipe Lamp

I screwed through the holes in the floor flange fittings through the gypsum board and into the wall studs.


Step 5: Add a touch dimmer

Building a DIY Wall Mounted Black Pipe Lamp

Building a DIY Wall Mounted Black Pipe Lamp

I added a plug-in touch dimmer between the light and the wall socket. It just plugs right in and lets you control the brightness of the lamp by tapping any metal part of the lamp.

Good luck with your own DIY pipe lamps, and please email or tweet photos to @benuyeda or ben@homemade-modern.com.

Pipe projects are a lot of fun to do, and we’ve made them even easier with ready-made pipe decor kits from LDR Industries.

Find the additional materials for this black pipe lamp project in the Pipe and Fittings, Lamp Accessories and LED Light Bulbs sections at The Home Depot.

Follow our Projects Using Pipe board on Pinterest for more pipe fitting projects and ideas.

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