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DIY Industrial Pipe Light


Ana White
Ana White
Ana White
Ana White

We couldn’t find the perfect light for our rustic farmhouse/industrial bathroom design, so decided to DIY it. For about $30 we were able to make the perfect light fixture with just basic tools and no electrician needed! This DIY industrial light fixture is beautiful and unique, but easy and economical to make. The wood board also allows the fixture to be installed offset on the box so you can center your bath fixture even if your lightbox is off.

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      • • STUD FINDER
      • • CHISEL
      • • 1” HOLE SAW, SPADE BIT, OR FORSTENER BIT
      • • WIRE NUTS FOR ATTACHING WIRES TO ELECTRICAL
      • • 2 – WOOD SCREWS 2” OR LONGER (FOR HANGING)
      • • 2 – VINTAGE STYLE BULBS THAT FIT THE LIGHT SOCKETS
      • • 8 - ¾” LONG WOOD SCREWS (FOR ATTACHING FLANGES TO 1X6, MAKE SURE SCREW HEADS ARE LARGE ENOUGH FOR YOUR PIPE FLOOR FLANGES)
      • • 2 – STREET 90 DEGREE ELBOWS THAT FIT OVER THE BULB SOCKETS
      • • 2 – PIPE FLOOR FLANGES THAT FIT OVER THE BULB SOCKETS
      • • 2 – BULB SOCKETS THAT FIT INSIDE PIPE FITTINGS – I USED CANDELABRA SIZED SOCKETS WITH SNAP IN FITTINGS AND LONG WIRES
      • • 1 – 1X6 BOARD, 24” LONG
  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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      Cut the 1x6 board to 24” in length with circular saw or compound miter saw. Sand any rough edges. Prefinish as desired.

    2. Step: 2

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      Secure board to a work surface and drill holes where light fixtures will be located on the board. I drilled mine 6-1/2” in from each end, centered on the board. I used a 1” hole saw, but you can also use a forstner bit or spade bit.

    3. Step: 3

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      Set your circular saw bit to ½” depth. Make cuts between the two drilled holes on the back side of the 1x6 board, about every ¼”. Remove material with a chisel to create a channel between the drilled holes.

    4. Step: 4

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      I also created an opening at the top of the board for assisting with wire placement on installation. I made cuts ¼” deep with a circular saw, every ¼” on top of channel and removed material with a chisel. This completes preparation of wood board.

    5. Step: 5

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      Screw street elbow into the floor flange. Make sure the elbow is symmetrical to the screw holes on the flange, and no screw holes are covered by the flange.

    6. Step: 6

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      Insert wires of light socket into elbow end and carefully thread through. Snap socket inside the elbow end and pull wires tight.

    7. Step: 7

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      Place light fixtures on board and secure to the board with ¾” wood screws.

    8. Step: 8

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      Turn off breaker for light box and make sure switch is turned off. Wire the socket wires to the electrical box in wall with wire nuts, as you would any standard light fixture. Make sure wire nuts are tucked back inside light box, with only fixture and socket wires outside of light box.

    9. Step: 9

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      Using a stud finder, mark location of studs in wall. Screw wood board to studs in wall using 2” or longer wood screws.

    10. Step: 10

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      Tuck wires in on top of wood board if necessary.

    11. Step: 11

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      Install light bulbs. Turn on breaker for light box. Turn on switch to ensure light works properly.

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  • Awesome project Ana. Thanks for being so detailed! Can't wait to see what you roll out next.

    By RYOBI NATION, on December 11, 2017

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DIY Industrial Pipe Light

by Ana White
Dec 08, 2017
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We couldn’t find the perfect light for our rustic farmhouse/industrial bathroom design, so decided to DIY it. For about $30 we were able to make the perfect light fixture with just basic tools and no electrician needed! This DIY industrial light fixture is beautiful and unique, but easy and economical to make. The wood board also allows the fixture to be installed offset on the box so you can center your bath fixture even if your lightbox is off.

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge 3d1c1115 ff01 4fbc 9b13 dafd166510bc

    Cut the 1x6 board to 24” in length with circular saw or compound miter saw. Sand any rough edges. Prefinish as desired.

  2. Step: 2
    Huge f633d6fa d2b3 4792 a021 b1a7ef3d60ac

    Secure board to a work surface and drill holes where light fixtures will be located on the board. I drilled mine 6-1/2” in from each end, centered on the board. I used a 1” hole saw, but you can also use a forstner bit or spade bit.

  3. Step: 3
    Huge 47069ba4 61d2 45cc 9422 bd1b64164933

    Set your circular saw bit to ½” depth. Make cuts between the two drilled holes on the back side of the 1x6 board, about every ¼”. Remove material with a chisel to create a channel between the drilled holes.

  4. Step: 4
    Huge f264c804 c90a 4168 8e16 3d28b3314386

    I also created an opening at the top of the board for assisting with wire placement on installation. I made cuts ¼” deep with a circular saw, every ¼” on top of channel and removed material with a chisel. This completes preparation of wood board.

  5. Step: 5
    Huge 528d4bb1 c7f2 4942 b1f1 bdcc63d21881

    Screw street elbow into the floor flange. Make sure the elbow is symmetrical to the screw holes on the flange, and no screw holes are covered by the flange.

  6. Step: 6
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    Insert wires of light socket into elbow end and carefully thread through. Snap socket inside the elbow end and pull wires tight.

  7. Step: 7
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    Place light fixtures on board and secure to the board with ¾” wood screws.

  8. Step: 8
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    Turn off breaker for light box and make sure switch is turned off. Wire the socket wires to the electrical box in wall with wire nuts, as you would any standard light fixture. Make sure wire nuts are tucked back inside light box, with only fixture and socket wires outside of light box.

  9. Step: 9
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    Using a stud finder, mark location of studs in wall. Screw wood board to studs in wall using 2” or longer wood screws.

  10. Step: 10
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    Tuck wires in on top of wood board if necessary.

  11. Step: 11
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    Install light bulbs. Turn on breaker for light box. Turn on switch to ensure light works properly.