DIY Industrial Lamp: Cool Desk Lamp Made From Pipe

DIY Industrial Lamp: Cool Desk Lamp Made From Pipe

Dec 29, 2010

This DIY lamp has an awesome, steam-punk style and can be put together in just a few minutes. You can find everything you need for this project at your local Home Depot store.


This cool, easy-to-make pipe lamp will create a trendy look for your desk or table. It’s made from lengths of steel pipe and fittings, a light kit and a light bulb– all readily available at your local Home Depot store.

Just follow the step-by-step tutorial, and you’ll have your new desk or table lamp completed in no time.

Materials for This Project

  • Black steel pipe as outlined (see image here and cut list below)
  • Lamp kit
  • Light bulb


You should always check with local authorities to ensure that any DIY project abides by local codes and regulations.


Building the Lamp Base

Step 1

Thread two ½-in x 3-in nipples into a tee.


Step 2

Thread two elbows onto the exposed end of the ½-in x 3-in nipples. This will be one of the legs of the lamp.


Step 3

Repeat for the other leg of the lamp.


Step 4

Screw two ½-in x 3-in nipples into a tee for the middle bar. Thread the middle section into the legs created in Steps 2 and 3.

Your base is now complete!



Building the Lamp Body and Wiring It

Step 5

Thread a close nipple into the bottom of a tee. Then thread a strain relief fitting into the back of the tee.


Step 6

Thread the ½ x 10 nipple into the top of the tee. Thread the lamp wire through the strain relief fitting and up the neck of the 10-inch nipple.


Step 7

Add an elbow and the ½” x 6″ nipple to the top of the assembly.


Step 8

Thread another elbow onto the end of the ½-in x 6-in nipple. Pass the lamp wire through.


Step 9

Thread a close nipple into the ¾” to 1″ coupling, and fit the rubber bushing (white) and threaded rod (silver) from the lamp kit to the inside of the coupling.

Then thread the ¾” to 1″ coupling to the ½” to ¾” coupling.


Step 10

Pass the wire through the assembly created in Step 9, and thread it into the elbow.


Step 11

Thread the socket base onto the threaded rod in the assembly created in Step 9.


Step 12

Connect the lamp wires to the socket.



Step 13

Fit the socket into the socket base.


Step 14

Screw in the light bulb, tighten the strain relief fitting on the back of the lamp. Switch your new industrial pipe lamp on!


DIY Industrial Lamp

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