I figured for my first instructable I'd do something that a ton of others have done. After seeing these around on Instructables as well as elsewhere on the net (sometimes upwards of $300!) I decided that I would finally build my own. With a couple of common tools and a spare afternoon, you can have one for around $35. Admittedly, some of the awesome switches/toggles that others like the Kozo Lamps  have are very cool, but something more complicated that I didn't end up trying. Anyways, I'm sure that there is an easy way to rig up some of the great plumbing fixture switches out there if you've got the will to do it.

You will need:

-Assorted plumbing parts (I used 3x 3/4" T-joints, 2x 6 inch lengths of 3/4", 6x 3/4" 90 angle pieces, one 3/4" to 1 1/2" bell reducer, and 4x 3 inch lengths of 3/4")
-Drill (dremel could probably work in a squeeze)
-Soldering Iron
-Standard lightblub socket
-A cool lightbulb (I got a full spectrum 60 watt round bulb)
-Wire cutters/strippers
-Power cord
-Rotary switch

Step 1: Buy some plumbing parts

Buy some plumbing parts. You can find these at your average home repair store. The best thing that I can recommend is to just build the whole lamp while you're in the store. Don't be afraid to open up any packaging and play around with a ton of different pieces. Try to make something that you think looks cool and fits the purpose of your lamp. You can use some flanges like in the picture here to do wall-mounted lamps as well.
<p>You can just use PVC and build an air gun with the steel.</p>
<p>You can just use PVC and build an air gun with the steel.</p>
What are those little circular pieces called?
What did you use to get that color of pipe?
That's just galvanised steel pipe, that's just the colour of it. If you used copper pipe however, you can certainly expect a different colour. ;)
I totally agree that things would cost way cheaper if you do it yourself. However, you would need proper instructions and guidelines and the right materials and tools to do the job safely and correctly though. In this case, plumbing parts and fittings do not cost that much and even with additional small lighting components, the end results would still not cost as much as $300. I like creative and unique ideas like this that is not common to find, thus making it very special. <br>
This is such a cool lamp! I'm surprised that my friends who are <a href="http://www.alwaysplumbing.ca/plumbing" rel="nofollow">plumbers</a> haven't made something like this. I'll have to show it to them!
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This is way legit! I have some extra pipes from some <a href="http://www.needaplumbercanada.ca/en/plumbing__calgary.html" rel="nofollow">plumbing in Calgary</a> jobs, and have had no idea what to do with it. I'm gonna try this! Thanks for sharing.
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Thank you for sharing this information on how to make a desk lamp using pipes. My husband is a <a href="http://www.needaplumbercanada.ca" rel="nofollow">plumber in Calgary</a> so I think he would love to make something like this for his son. Thank you for your help!
If one can't find a home repair store nearby, where might one find these? I dunno, where I live in Canada, it's all a little interesting. <a href="http://www.needaplumbercanada.ca" rel="nofollow">Calgary plumbers</a> seem to do things differently.
That is so great! You don't even need to know <a href="http://www.plumbperfect.ca" rel="nofollow">plumbers</a> to get the pipe! I think that's a great idea!
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This is sure a creative lamp! I have been looking into <a href="http://www.thegentlemenplumberscalgary.com/en/plumbing.html" rel="nofollow">plumbers calgary</a> for some ideas like this! I wonder if they would help me with this by giving me some supplies! Thanks for sharing!
Well this is much better than what most <a href="http://www.needaplumbercanada.ca" rel="nofollow">plumbers</a> I know can come up with. This will go great in my house in Calgary.
Love it. I think you can go even further with this <a href="http://www.plumbperfect.ca" rel="nofollow">plumbing</a> idea thing though. Painting crazy designs on the pipes wouldn't be too hard and it could make it look a little less... industrial and cold looking. Great idea.
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Thank you for sharing this! I love this idea and the genius that went into it. I have an uncle who is a <a href="http://www.thegentlemenplumbersedmonton.com/" rel="nofollow">plumbers Edmonton Canada</a>. I had been thinking of ideas for him for his birthday because him and I are really close. I honestly think this is something I could even construct. Wish me luck, this is going to be so much fun!
Thanks for sharing this. We've been thinking that we should look for <a href="http://www.aalertdrain.ca" rel="nofollow">plumbers in Toronto</a> to help us out. But I think I'd like to do something like this. Thanks for the inspiration.
I love this! This is very creative. My husband is a <a href="http://www.lauderbaugh.net" rel="nofollow">plumber in mcdonald pa</a> and I bet he would love to have one of these. Thanks for posting this instructions on how to make it.
Thanks for the post, and I don't know why but I first saw the title of the post. I thought about the light being made out of pvc pipes. But after seeing this instructable I have to say that it looks very cool. Because it really has a old school <a href="http://www.pacificplumbinghamilton.com" rel="nofollow">hamilton plumbing</a> characteristic to it, and I think that that is very sweet.
I really love your instructable here. My friend was a <a href="http://www.draincleaningandsewer.com" rel="nofollow">plumber in gulfport ms</a> and gave me some old materials he didn't need so I think I will have to try this out. I would love something like that in my room. Thanks for sharing this!
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I love seeing all the different ideas and creations that people can make with <a href="http://www.customcomfortinc.com/" rel="nofollow">plumbers</a> equipment haha it's awesome!!
Even I have to admit that this is a very creative way of using some old plumbing. I already have to contact experts on <a href="http://www.bridgemanplumbing.ca/en/plumbing.html" rel="nofollow">plumbing in Victoria BC</a> to fix my piping. I should just tell them to save some of it so that I can try this out. Is it hard to clean the piping? Has anyone tried painting the pipes afterwards?
I've made a couple of versions of this--people love them! I like to use a rocker in-line switch instead, and have used a motion sensitive security lamp for the socket, so that the bulb is hooded and focused. Otherwise, as a reading lamp, it is too bright from the side, even with a low wattage bulb. <br> <br>Good instructable! Very creative.

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