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A few weeks ago on Boing Boing, they showed off some pipe lamps being sold on etsy. At 200 bucks each i figured i could make my own for a fraction of the cost and have fun doing so.

These lamps are functional and cheap! it cost 30 bucks to make one lamp.

GENERAL WARNING: Although this project involves very little steps it does involve AC power. Please use caution when doing projects using AC outlet power. If you are not comfortable with simple wire soldering and heat shrinking, please use caution with this project.

Step 1: Supplies

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For this instructable you will need the following, note that the pipe choices can vary depending on what kind of lamp you want.

Various sizes of galvanized pipe to build your lamp base. (i used 1/2")
1 candelabra style bulb fixture (i chose this one for it's small size)
1 candelabra bulb
AC plug with in-line roll switch
Heat shrink

tools needed:
Soldering iron

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Big.Jack.Jazz made it!yesterday

A nice steampunk-eye-candy for a bed room!

I used some tape to fill difference between the socket and the pipe (that's an adaptor from 1/2" to 3/4" pipes).

Next step, maybe, fix it to a wall...

Andreas23073 years ago
Here is my Version. I used a 12v AC Adapter and a Halogen Bulb.

Its very funny, i make a very similar design (Parallel universe) . Me
too used a socket for led, but a have a problem because my lamp
overheats. I will try with a Halogen Bulb.

Johnny Number 5 !

JulienLachance made it!2 months ago
hi! I loved your instructable and I tried it, but a little bit different. Thank you for sharing your experience, it's a really nice project!
McGee 2021 made it!9 months ago

very easy to do and a fun project.


Awesome, I wanted to do a floor lamp version myself but still haven't figured out how the power switch part would work/be positioned.

Is there some spacer or piece that allows a gap for access to the little clicker switch?

mykiscool1 year ago
What are those round pipe holder bracket things called? I tried looking up pipe bracket, pipe mount, and pipe holder and couldn't find them.

Pipe "Flanges" is what I think you mean.

How did you mount the light socket in the pipe?

BTW, great job! It looks really nice.
BrianJewett4 years ago
There's no need to stuff a plastic socket into a pipe fitting. Standard lamp pipe is 1/8" and 1/4" npt. It mates perfectly well with pipe fittings of the same size. I just use a reducer and connect a proper lamp socket.

For those who haven't discovered it yet, GrandBrass.com has the best selection of lamp parts in the universe and great pricing as well. It also has groundable sockets.

I also agree that this thing really needs at least a grommet or preferably a strain relief at the bottom. Unless it NEVER moves, this has probably cut through the insulation by now.
Thanks for the tip on that website- It's awesome!
arsenaltoyz2 years ago
it is pretty cool....i think it would look equally as good with painted pvc
onrust3 years ago
This is cool as heck!
SIRJAMES093 years ago
I love this idea!!!

to personalize it for myself. I would have a flexible shaft on it....but I love the idea!!
TY for sharing. 8)
How did you secure the light socket inside the pipe? I've been trying to figure out how the maker of Kozo Lamps did it, and I can't figure it out! Any ideas?
wetigers3 years ago
more like penis lamp
SIRJAMES093 years ago
Q for whoever wishes to answer.

is it NOT a good idea to use schedule 40 pipe for a lamp?
Schedule 40 pipe is that white thick walled plumbing pipe used for water
lines usually.

I'm just wondering if the lamp would get too hot for that,..

Or if it would not be stable enough(IE: be susceptible to tipping over too easily & causing problems that way)?
jiajunwang5 years ago
it looks nice, but wouldn't it be dangerous to use non-coated metal directly on electrical stuff?
it would only be dangerous IF, if the insulation around the wire was penetrated exposing the bare wires....THEN, the whole lamp has the potential of being electrified.. Beyond that, I do not see how it it possible.

As long as the insulation covering the wires themselves is ok, you'll be fine
Also i don't see why he needs to join two cables. Couldn't you just run the flex right to the top of the pipe and connect it to the lamp connector
Appears to me that a small base lamp was the choice, and a small base lamp holder with the wires factory attached was used. With no way of attaching user provided lamp cord directly to socket terminals.
Ahh i see. Good to see people recycling. haha
Using double insulating would help with the safety. Also connecting the exposed metal to ground if available in your country.
if your worried that heat shrink isnt enough. you could use some polly pipe as a sleave through the metal piping. but the heat shrink should be perfectly safe if it isnt cheap suff.
That's why he heat shrunk all the connections, but I agree, it is kinda risky.
digitlacid4 years ago
Thanks for the great instructable, it was inspiring! Here is my take on the idea. . .
By the way, if you want cheap "old-timey" bulbs, go to 1000bulbs.com I got my 30w Radio bulb for $1.71 as opposed to $10+ elsewhere.
Like your T Piece switch, might just "steel" the idea! Yeah I'm lame like that!
what kinda switch are you using ? homemade?
No, it's just a standard in-line switch that you can buy pretty much anywhere they sell lamp parts. Here is one online for a couple of bucks: http://www.amazon.com/Orrco-Jandorf-60180-Lamp-Switch/dp/B004FBL01I/ref=pd_sbs_indust_3
ahh, I think I mistoke the wire exit for the switch
Ahhh. The wire exit IS homemade. The hole from the plumbing pipe was too big in my opinion, so I superglue'd a skateboard bearing to the pipe, then a bearing spacer to the bearing to step the opening down to just larger than the circumference of the wire. This has the added benefit of reducing friction if you move the wire, as the inside of the bearing spins with it :) I hope that answers your question
I love your setup!
Hey! Thanks very much!
This instructable should be featured
rachelmaryb4 years ago
I am not going to mention which body part this looks like, I am not going to mention which body part this looks like, I am not going to mention which body part this looks like. Dang it! I just did!
dwendell5 years ago
Just a thought. If you wanted a more "upscale" look for the finished product, a plumbing supply store would probably have all the same parts in brass pipe, which you could polish up and then spray with lacquer to preserve the finish.
kuptis dwendell4 years ago
Copper would look really nice.
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