Industrial Horizontal Lighting

Use basic plumbing pipes to create a sleek and stylish light fixture.

Industrial Horizontal Lighting

Use basic plumbing pipes to create a sleek and stylish light fixture.

5 col


50' lamp cord (blue)
All-purpose black electrical lamp cord
(2) ¾" T fitting iron pipe
(2) ¾" × 6" iron pipe nipple
(2) ¾" × 3" iron pipe nipple
(2) ¾" × 2" iron pipe nipple
(2) ¾" elbow iron pipe
(2) ¾" iron pipe cap
(2) ¾" iron pipe flange
(2) decorative washers
(2) brass washers
(2) phonetic light socket
(2) LED Edison light bulbs
4' × ¾" threaded rod
(2) 3" lamp threaded rod with matching brass nuts (1 per rod)
Phillips screwdriver
Electrical tape
Wire stripper
3/8" drill bit
3/18" drill bit
Drill driver
Wire snips
(2) 14" decorative bowls
Male-end electrical plug


1. Loosely lay out the pipe plan to see where everything is going to go before you start screwing the pipes together. Start with the ¾" flange, 6" nipple and ¾" elbow piping

2. Lay out the 3" nipple and the ¾" T fitting pipes

3. Below the T fitting pipe, place the 2" nipple and the ¾" pipe cap

It should look like this:

4. Then place the 4' × ¾" threaded rod on the other side of the T fitting pipe

5. The layout from steps 1 through 3 will be the same on the other side

6. Run the black all-purpose electrical lamp cord through the loosely laid-out piping. Start threading through the first 6" nipple, and end with the second 2" nipple as shown

7. On the first side only, connect the 6" nipple to the elbow, then the elbow to the T fitting pipe. Leave a few inches of space between the threaded rod

8. Notice the all-purpose electrical lamp cord is made up of two connected cords. Use the wire snips to cut one of the cords in the middle as shown

9. Once the one cord has been snipped, it can easily be pulled apart like a piece of string cheese. Make sure the other side of the cord remains uncut and intact

10. Take the two snipped ends and insert them through the T fitting pipe and through the 2" nipple, and then continue to connect and tighten the T fitting pipe to the 4' threaded rod

11. Continue to the other side and connect and tighten the remaining pipes

12. Drill a hole in the middle of two decorative bowls, using the 3/8" drill bit and drill driver

13. Insert the 3" lamp threaded rod in the ¾" pipe cap

14. Slide the brass washer on the rod, at the head of the pipe cap. Then insert it into the drilled hole in the decorative bowl. Make sure to have at least 1½" of the rod sticking out of the bowl. Do this to both bowls

15. On the inside of the bowl, apply the decorative washer on the rod. Repeat this step for the other bowl

16. Screw the brass nut onto the rod after the decorative washer and tighten with the wrench. Repeat this step for the other bowl

17. Notice that the uncut end of the lamp cord on both sides should be split slightly. Pull the two ends apart like string cheese for a few inches

18. Insert the split lamp cord through the 3" threaded rod and pull it through to the inside of the bowl. Repeat for the first cord where the cord was cut, and split to make two. The two bowls should look identical

19. Strip all cords with the wire strippers (14-gauge). Make sure to strip off about 1". Both sides should follow the same steps

20. Loosen the screws on two phonetic light sockets

21. Insert the cords through the round opening

22. Wrap the 1" exposed wire around the loosened screw, and then retighten the screw into the socket

23. Now that you have attached your sockets to both sets of cords on each bowl, tighten the cord so that no excess hangs out of the bowl

24. Secure the pipe cap to the 2" nipple

25. Make sure the cord is not bunching up inside by gently pulling it through the ¾" flange at one end

26. In this project, the designer decided that he didn’t want the black cord to show and instead connected it to a more aesthetically pleasing blue lamp cord. He cut the black cord where he wanted to connect the substitute cord and then stripped 1" off the black cord and the blue cord with wire strippers (14-gauge)

27. Attach the black ends to blue ends with electrical tape, and then secure the whole bunch with electrical tape.

Note:Make sure to wrap each pair (black and blue) separately with tape before wrapping the bunch with tape.

28. Gently squeeze the two prongs of the male-end electrical plug toward each other. This should release it from the body

29. Insert the blue cord’s wiring through the plug’s body and between the two prongs – it should easily sit in the prong’s carrier

30. Return the prongs to the body

31. Screw the Edison light bulbs into the sockets and plug in the lamp!