DIY PVC LED Landscape SpotLight




About: Hi, I'm Chris and I like to try random DIY stuff! I'm no expert but instead I hope to inspire you to try new things with videos such as how to add wireless charging to your car or truck.

you can watch this video or you can read the steps

Step 1: Heat the Pipe to Be Stretched

Start by cutting 12 in of 2 in PVC pipe in half and the heat one end. you will need an aerosol spray can to stretch the pipe one time. heat the end of the pipe until its soft then stretch it over the top of the can to stretch it a little. next heat it once more and stretch it over the other part of pvc that you just cut.

Step 2: Cut the Pipe to Length of 5 Inches

Using a hack saw or your prefered method cut the pipe to 5 inch

Step 3: Notch the Pipe

using your hack saw cut a notch in the end that was stretched out. about 1/3 of the pipe will need to be removed.

Step 4: Drill and Screw Together

Using a drill but slip the to parts together and drill a hole in the side to accept the screw. repeat this step on the other side

Step 5: Add the Lamp Socket

now get a one gallon jug cap and attach the lamp holder of you choice to the cap using brass or stainless screws.

then drill 2 holes in the PVC and attach the lamp holder to the straight end of the pipe that you did not stretch.

Step 6: Add the Stake for the Ground

Now cut a 3/4 in peace of pipe 12 in long, atach the stake to the base leaving about 8 to 10 sticking out. this will allow you to take the light in the ground.

Step 7: Almost Done

now you should have something that looks like this. using 220 grit sandpaper lightly clean up all the edges and any bad cuts. now you are ready to paint.

Step 8: Finished Product

Here is one picture of the finished product you can make many of these and run them off of a 12 volt power supply. you will need some 18 gauge wire and some weather proof connectors.

a list of materials is in the description of the youtube video also.

Parts List
5 Pack 5.5 X 2.1mm Barrel Power 12V Male to Female DC Power Jack Adapter

Landscape Light GU10 LED Lamp Socket

Wire Connector Socket for MR16 MR11 G4

GU4 Base LED,2 Pack,Halogen Replacement Spotlight G4 Bulb Lot of 10 PCS 12V 4W MR16 LED Bulbs - 6000K Daylight LED Spotlights

Krylon Interior and Exterior



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    6 Discussions


    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks I love PVC also I have several PVC projects here so check them all out I also have a youtube channel


    Reply 1 year ago

    Glad you liked it. if you enjoy PVC Projects Subscribe to my youtube channel I have new Projects every 2 weeks and many of them incorporate PVC


    1 year ago

    I think you've succeeded at making this low-cost and easy to make. But it doesn't seem to have anything to discourage water from dripping straight down into the bulb and socket. Commercial garden lights of this style usually have a splashproof window to keep the electrical components relatively dry.

    For low voltage LED lights, that might not create a safety hazard. But GU10 and E26/7 sockets are meant for line voltage AC, and even if you use LED light bulbs rated for "Outdoor" use they aren't necessarily designed to handle water splashing directly on them. I'd be concerned about safety, not to mention reliability, before putting these outdoors where they might get wet.

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    Reply 1 year ago

    thanks for the feedback. It will help me make this better next time. I will take all the that into consideration. I have the expensive DC halogen versions that I bought from the home center and they have the same internal configuration. that is what i referenced for my build. one of the sets that i have do have some glass lenses but they have a little water in them after a few yrs of use. do you have a suggestion for a socket type?

    these have been in my yard now for several months including submerged during a hurricane flood. I unplugged them of cores and many days of rain directly in them. I have an inline fuse at the end on the DC power that I got from an old Christmas light set.

    I am very interested if you have a suggestion i will gladly give it a try.


    1 year ago

    Thank you Chris. Well done Instructable and good job on the lights. They look factory if you ask me.....I will be using your Instructable to make some for my home..cheers!