Important note before you do any electrical work in your home you should consult an electrician. Always use extra precautions also. Make sure the power is off and use a voltage tester to double check.
After you have consulted with your electrician you are ready to get started! Styling and building your own Industrial wall sconce or lamp is probably easier than you think! We love the look of the pipe lights but weren't sure if we wanted to fork out the money so we decided to build one ourselves first before we bought one. Now we like it more and we can configure them any way we want and the price is great when you do it yourself. So get dreaming up what you want and let's get started!!
What you Need - Total Cost including Cage (shown Below) less than $40
Pictured here is a basic layout and all the items we used for our wall sconce. If you only want one light you can eliminate one side. You can have them go up or down or one up and one down. You choose what you want and customize if for your needs but this is just one example.
The pipes used are gas pipes you can find in a hardware store like Lowe's or Home Depot or you can find them on Amazon as well. Don't worry about color on any of these because we are going to spray paint them!
1 light cover - (this one was an outdoor one that worked perfectly for what we wanted.)
Gas Pipe equipment:
1 tee (we used 1/2 inch but they make many different sizes)
2 90 degree elbows
1 small nipple - we used 1/2 inch by 1 this is the part coming out of the plate on the wall
2 medium sized nipples for the long part - we used 1/2 inch by 3 and 1/2 inch
2 Connectors - these are the small threaded pieces they don't show but add stability
2 3/4 to 1 inch reducer
2 PVC 3/4 inch to inch coupling adapters
2 light sockets - we used the keyless light socket
First WAsh everything then...
Spray Paint all pieces with Oil rubbed bronze paint
The gas pipes will be a greasy mess so be sure to wash and dry them before painting. After everything is dry start to assemble your wall sconce. A couple of lessons learned - put the wires in before you screw everything together much easier. Leave extra wire - again much easier to cut off then rewire!!
We couldn't find a good connector in the gas pipe so we used the PVC pipe show but it worked great and you can't tell what it is. We put it together just as show in the picture above. The only step that may need some explanation is we used this amazing stuff called steel stik. If you haven't used it you have to try it!! AMAZING. It goes on like putty and dies as hard as steel and can be drilled etc.
THIS IS THE WONDER WORKING AMAZING STUFF!!! SERIOUSLY LOVE THIS STUFF! THANKS TO MY HUBBY FOR INTRODUCING IT TO ME. He loves riding dirt bikes and said he kept it on him when he road if he needed to fix any parts on his bike to get back!
This is a close up of the Steel Stik. Put this on before putting the reducer on. Then add the reducer and let it set until hard before adding the PVC part and the light socket.
The cages above are the ones that we used. We needed six sconces so this was great for us. You can get single ones as well - see below. I have tried to find them other places but not much luck - let me know if you find a better deal would love to hear!
If you make one please share the pictures with us we would love to see what you come up with!!!!!!
Due to legal reasons we can't show you the wiring part :(! Again please consult an electrician!
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