Introduction: Desk Clamp Lamp

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Inspired by the shape of the classic articulated desk lamp and also a host of stylish galvanized pipe lamps, I arrived at the Desk Clamp Lamp. This is a simple, robust and reasonably cheap desk lamp that can be built entirely with parts readily available at your local Home Depot. The other nice thing about this lamp is that it is easily reconfigurable to meet your needs. For instance, if you want it to be slightly taller or extend slightly farther, simply modify the legnths of the galvanized pipes. In this way, the Desk Clamp Lamp can be made uniquely your own.

Step 1: Lamp Parts

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Step 2: Twist Together

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Twist the galvanized pipes together as shown in the picture.

Step 3: Attach Clamp

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Attach the pipe clamp to the bottom of the 12" pipe.

Step 4: Snake the Cord

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Snake the cord through the galvanized pipe starting from the end with the 12" pipe.

Keep in mind that this may be easiest if you untwist some of the connections and then retwist them after it is passed through.

Step 5: Take Apart the Track Light

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Remove the screws from the plastic connector base of the track light and begin to take it apart.

Cut the two wires free from the bottom of the base plate, and pull the lamp cord out from the hole in the U-bracket.

Step 6: Cut Off the Base

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Use a dremel to cut the nut on two sides to free it from the bolt. The plastic connector base should now be free from the metal U-bracket attached to the light. Discard the parts from the plastic connector base.

Step 7: Wire It Up

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Slide heat shrink tubing onto the white and black wire from the power cord.

Solder the white wire from the light to the white wire from the cord.

Solder the black wire from the light to the black wire from the cord.

Insulate both connections with heat shrink tubing.

Step 8: Connect

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Attach a toggle bolt to the light's bracket.

Insert the toggle bolt into the end of the lamp structure until it locks in place.

Fasten the light bracket firmly to the lamp structure by tightening the bolt.

Step 9: Insert the Bulb

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Insert the halogen bulb into the light socket.

Step 10: Use It

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Clamp the lamp to the edge of your desk and plug it in.


Franko Laverde made it! (author)2016-12-18

I made this five months ago, I always wanted to make this amazing lamp, the design is very useful and I can point the bulb towards my homework pretty easy. Unlike many people does, I did not tight the 90º galvanized bracket at the top right, beacuse that way I can point to whatever I am doing without being too limited, so thank you for this wonderful idea and I attach some pictures of my version of your creation.

randofo (author)Franko Laverde2016-12-19

Very nice! Glad it's proving useful.

brianchadorourke made it! (author)2014-08-14

I made two of these. I painted both gold. I also used LED lights to keep the heat down from the light. They draw only 7 watts. Nice white light. I'm thinking of making a candelabra type of crazy-pipe-light now. Maybe I'll clean up my messy work bench now.

randofo (author)brianchadorourke2014-08-15

Very cool. Looks good. Did you have to do any modifications to get the LED lights to fit, or are they something you can buy for that fixture?

brianchadorourke (author)randofo2014-08-19

No modification whatsoever. You can buy the appropriate bayonet mounted LED lamps. They are pricey though. However, they are low-wattage and low-heat. This allows a more pleasant environment when working at my work bench.

g2raw made it! (author)2014-08-08

really fun not to difficult great idea

randofo (author)g2raw2014-08-15

Glad it worked out for you!

chongmienyee (author)2015-04-13


domenic3 (author)2014-09-02

nice industral lamp :)

robbadooz (author)2014-08-10

OKAY!!!!!!! Easy enough even for me! Thanks, Randy. My whole studio will be

a la industrial from now on!

stateit (author)2014-07-06

Hi there,
Speaking as an electrician:

The pipe should be earthed (grounded). The track base of the light you removed has a 3rd lug for this grounding, which would have provided grounding for the metal chassis of the light...
Likewise the pipe should be grounded in case any metal burrs nick the sheath of the flex...
Likewise cable entry and exit points into the conduit should have a rubber grommet at least to prevent any chafing.

dracassia (author)stateit2014-08-10

O aterramento pode ficar diretamente na tomada. Não necessita outro. E o cabo de fio já está protegido, sendo esse da foto que é coberto com capa circular de borracha.

rallen71366 (author)2014-08-10

Brilliant idea of using the pipe clamp parts as the desk hold down! That seems to be the weakest part of many clamp lamps.

jeremy loa (author)2014-08-01

I made one , but i can't take of a photo with my new desk clamp lamp .

It was so amazing , thanks for the guide :)

WayneEarl (author)2014-07-04

i love your use of the toggle bolt to hold the lamp fixture in place. Have been experimenting with various other solutions with a similar style lamp ive been making, but i think your toggle bolt idea is much more elegant and a better design then what I was doing.

Thanks for the inspiration!

doodlecraft (author)2014-06-30

Wow, totally awesome! I need this in my workshop! Love it! Love the animated picture too--is it a gif? I tried to upload a gif in an instructable and it didn't work...details please! :)

mikeasaurus (author)doodlecraft2014-07-02

(if a GIF is too large our system automatically resizes it, most GIFs will show as just as the first frame. Try making sure your GIF is smaller than 600px wide)

doodlecraft (author)mikeasaurus2014-07-02

Okay, awesome...yes mine was 900px. Thank you! :)

randofo (author)doodlecraft2014-07-01

It is a gif. Why did it not work? Did it just not animate?

mikeasaurus (author)2014-07-02

Love that industrial look

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)2014-07-01

Wow.. great design and loved the animation .

I hope you enter it in my contest here :)

randofo (author)Tarun Upadhyaya2014-07-01


I don't think I can enter. I work for Instructables.

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)randofo2014-07-01 can but you may not win. You can add it to inspire people.

ZaneEricB (author)2014-07-01


brmarcum (author)2014-06-30

That thing sure isn't going anywhere! Very nice project

qzaqaz1122 (author)2014-06-30

I very like this and I’ll share photos when I finish

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