Introduction: Water Pipes Ceiling Lamp
In this Instructable I will share one of my DIY lamps made of water pipes.
This demonstration is with ceiling lamp, but there are many possible configurations such as table lamps, wall lamps etc.
The pipe parts I used are usually common in every plumbing store, and are sold separately so you can choose the parts you like and customize my work to your needs and desires. Just make sure they fit before purchasing them in the store.
Caution: the process requires extra safety and electrical knowledge, in case you are not familiar with it, make sure you involve someone who is.
Recommendation: use low voltage lamps using a transformer.
- Water pipes parts with 1.25 inch diameter **
(ending parts should have inner screwing for the bulbs sockets)
- Flexible electric wires + 1 flexible cable
- Connectors for the wires
- Led bulbs
- Light bulb plastic sockets
- Sockets plastic connectors with screwing of 1 inch diameter
- Steel wires (for hanging the lamp to the ceiling)
- Steel wires stoppers (to tie around the lamp's body)
- Steel wires ceiling smart adapters (to be screwed to the ceiling)
- Painting spray
- Screw driver
** In case you change the pipes size, make sure that the bulbs and the sockets fit the screwing size.
Step 1: Design Your Structure
This step is required before the process because it is very likely that you will not find the exact parts that I used in my work.
I recommend you have a general design and be able to change it while you look for parts in the store.
In addition, you might get some extra idea when you see the parts for real.
For more inspiration and structure design, google "pipe lamps".
Step 2: Wiring Measurement and Hole Drilling
Before the wiring process, choose the required position for the cable to go all the way up to the ceiling.
Drill a hole in the pipe part and thread the cable through it (next up, a connector will be used to connect the main cable to the other wires).
For "grounding", near the drilled hole, screw 1 wire of the source cable (in case it is 3 wires cable) straight to the body.
Put all the parts each near to the other, and measure an approximate length of every wire. Set 2 wires (positive + negative) for each bulb threading them from the main drilled hole all the way out to the bulb connector position. Before you cut the wires, make sure there is enough spare in case you need it (about 20cm will do).
Step 3: Body Connection and Wiring
In this step, you can start connecting the body parts, but in order to keep it easy to insert the wires, connect just few of the parts first.
Then, thread the wires through the pipes, and connect the body parts completely (make sure it is tight).
At this point you should have all the body parts connected with appropriate wiring inside, with edges revealed and ready for sockets connection (use a cutter to reveal the edges).
Now, enwrap the steel wires around the body in 2 positions, and use the stoppers to tight it (it is possible to use the inner parts of the electrical connectors as stoppers for the steel wires too).
Step 4: Bulb Sockets and Adapters
Use a screw driver to connect the bulbs sockets to the wires revealed edges, and then screw the bulb sockets with the adapters to the ending part of the pipe where a bulb should be placed.
Step 5: Painting (optional)
Use papers and masking tape to cover the electric exposed areas, and paint the body using a spray painter.
I recommend using a "matt" kind of color.
Step 6: Hang to the Ceiling
This step might change depends on your structure design and ceiling material.
Drill the ceiling through the ceiling adapters and screw them to the ceiling, the steel wires should go through the adapters and they should hold the whole body up.
Connect the electric wires to the power source (use professional help if needed).
**There is another way to hang the body, using more piping parts instead of the steel wires (see black body picture attached to this step).