DIY Industrial Lamp

Industrial lamps are very popular for that rustic, urban loft. The black, steel piping compliments any interior with brick walls, concrete floors, and exposed ductwork and conduits. The design is simple, monolithic, and sleek, which would please any minimalistic enthusiast. And when it comes to the price, you can find all the materials at your local hardware store for around $50, which is amazing, when you consider most industrial lamps retail for $150. For this particular lamp, I purchased all materials at Lowe's Home Improvement. 

 

You will need the following materials:

 

-Metal Piping (as shown above)

-Lamp Kit 

-Edison Light Bulb (recommended)

 

The metal piping consists of the following:

 

For the Lamp Base:

 

(1) 1/2" Black Coupling

(4) 1/2" x 8" Black Steel Pipe Nipple

(1) 1/2" x 4" Black Steel Pipe Nipple

(5) 1/2" Black 90 Degree Elbow

 

For the Light Bulb Socket Holder:

 

(1) 1/2" x 1 1/2" Black Steel Pipe Nipple

(1) 1" x 3/4" Black Reducer Coupling

(1) 3/4" x 1/2" Black Bushing

 

Step 1:

 

Begin by forming the Light Bulb Socket Holder, as seen in the photos below:

 

You will need to screw the 3/4" x 1/2" Black Bushing into the 1/2" x 1 1/2" Black Steel Pipe Nipple. Once screwed, you will need to insert the white bottle adapter (found in your lamp kit) into the Black Bushing. Then, screw the threaded rod (also found in your lamp kit) into the bottle adapter. Next, screw in the 1" x 3/4" Black Reducer Coupling into the Black Bushing. The threaded rod will remain exposed inside the Reducer Coupling. You will then connect the socket by screwing it into the exposed threaded rod. The Light Bulb Socket Holder should resemble the following image:

 

Step 2:

 

Form the Lamp Base. Start with the bottom of the lamp base, which will require (3) Black Elbows, (2) 1/2" x 8" Black Steel Pipe Nipples, (1) 1/2" x 4" Black Steel Pipe Nipple, and (1) 1/2" Black Coupling. Please note: Before you begin screwing each member into one another, gradually move the wire (from the lamp kit) through the piping, as seen in the following image:

 

Step 3: Form the Vertical & Horizontal Arm of the Lamp Base, as seen in the following image. You should still be pulling the wire gradually through the lamp base.

 

Step 4: Screw in the Light Bulb Socket Holder into the Lamp Base. You're now ready to wire your lamp. It's recommended that you form an Underwriter's Knot. This allows the wires to remain in place (inside the socket), and not be pulled. 

 

Lastly, wire the socket according to the directions on the lamp kit package. It's that easy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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