Cheap PVC Pipe Desk Lamp

Introduction: Cheap PVC Pipe Desk Lamp

A simple, cheap and quick to make lamp you your desk

Step 1: Parts List

Gather all the following parts:
20mm PVC conduit
2x 90 degree conduit elbows
1x Tee PVC conduit connector
1x in line inspection box
1x Switch
A light or light fitting (mine came all in one)
3x 4x50mm nuts and bolts (optionally use butterfly nuts and dome nuts)
Wire and a plug

Cable ties or another means to attach lamp to pipe.

Optional: PVC glue to hold the pipe in the joiners.

Tools :
A dremel/ rotary tool or a drill and saw.

Step 2: Cut PVC

Cut two 100mm PVC pieces
Two 150mm pieces
One 200mm piece
One 350mm piece with most of the top side cut off as seen in image 2. The cut should be at least 30mm to allow another PVC pipe to freely move in it. A more detailed picture of this is shown in the next step.
Two 500mm pieces. On the one piece cut a 100mm long slit in the pipe at about the middle. The slit should be 4mm wide.

Attach the lamp to the end of the slit 500mm long pipe.

Step 3: Drill Holes

In the 500mm pipe with a slot in it, drill a 4mm hole in the one end. Ensure the slot and the hole line up.

In the other 500mm pipe, drill a hole in the one end as well as in the middle. Ensure the two holes line up as seen in the image of the previous step.

Drill a hole in the 350mm pipe on either end. The cut end can be seen in the picture of this step.

Drill a hole in the back of the tee piece big enough for the wire to go through.

Step 4: Assemble the Base

Connect all the short pieces as shown. The 150mm long pipes should be the legs that stick out for extra stability.

Step 5: Connect the Back Arm

Connect the inspection piece with the 200mm pipe and the 500mm pipe without the slot.

Thread the wire through to the top.

Step 6: Bolt Remaining Pipes

Bolt the remaining pipes as shown in the pictures above.
And connect the wire to the light or light fitting.

Step 7: Place and Connect Switch

Connect the switch and the plug

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    Hey, this is a pretty neat idea!

    Has it been sufficiently sturdy? I'm wondering if a slightly bigger and heavier base might be needed.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I have no trouble with it falling over as long as you position the center of gravity properly. Thats why I made it slide to adjust and I also didn't glue the pipe in the tee piece. But you can just extend the legs a bit longer and it will be more stable. No need for extra weight in my opinion :) Enjoy!