This is actually based off of, and inspired by, Frenzy's Pipe Lamp Instructable here. I saw it and thought that it might be the perfect addition to the makeup mirror in my photo studio in Boston.
Mine cost a bit more than Frenzy's, but I think that is because I went with Black Pipe rather than galvanized. I also chose to use clamp lights, since they have reflectors.
Actually, I chose brooder heat lights because I liked the porcelain fittings and the crossed wire in the front.
The other big difference is that I used the joint from the clamp light to hold it to the pipes.
Warning: This instructable does not go into the actual wiring with pictures. It does involve electricity at wall levels - Which can do more than hurt! If you do not know how to wire a light circuit with a switch, get a professional. Or do good research.
Step 1: Parts
Since I was making two of these to go on either side of the mirror, I doubled it.
1 Brooder Heat Light with handy clamp.
5/16 18 x 2" hex drive screw
2 hex nut with star washers
1/2 inch black pipe parts:
2 1 1/2" nipples
1 black cross
2 90 degree bends
2 3 1/2" nipples
2 1/2" floor mounts (I had to get galvanized. Couldn't find them in black pipe).
Add to that a three junction boxes, 20 feet of cord, a switch and a plug, miscellaneous wire nuts and a few tools.
Step 2: The Trick Joint
We used the head of the hex bolt as the tip that the clamp would hold on to.
To get the bolt in the right place, drill a hole into the cap and use the nuts to hold it in place (one inside and one outside).