DIY Industrial Lamp: Cool Desk Lamp Made From Pipe

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DIY Industrial Lamp: Cool Desk Lamp Made From Pipe


This easy-to-make DIY industrial lamp will create a trendy industrial look for your desk or table. This cool desk lamp is made from lengths of steel pipe and fittings, a light kit and a light bulb– all readily available at your local Home Depot store.

Just follow the step-by-step tutorial, and you’ll have your new pipe lamp completed in no time. 

Materials for DIY Industrial Lamp Project

Materials Needed for DIY Industrial Lamp Project

FPT = “female pipe thread”; MPT = “male pipe thread”

  • 6 — ½” 90-degree elbows
  • 4 — ½” tees
  • 1 — ¾” FPT to 1″ FPT coupling (top of the third row in the photo above; we’ll call this the “¾ to 1 coupling” below)
  • 1 — ½” FPT to ¾” MPT coupling (second from top of third row in photo; we’ll call this the “½ to ¾ coupling” below)
  • 1 — ½” strain relief fitting (third from top of third row in photo)
  • 6 — ½” x 3″ black pipe nipples (fifth and sixth rows in photo)
  • 1 — ½” x 6″ black pipe nipple (bottom of seventh row in photo)
  • 2 — ½” close nipples (top of seventh row in photo)
  • 1 — ½” x 10″ black pipe nipple (eighth row in photo)
  • Lamp kit
  • Light bulb of your choosing (We used the Feit Electric Original Style 60 Watt Incandescent Bulb to match the industrial/steampunk look of the pipe lamp)

You should always check with local authorities to ensure that any DIY project abides by local codes and regulations.




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Building the Lamp Base

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Step 1

Thread two ½ x 3 nipples into a tee.



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Step 2

Thread two elbows onto the exposed end of the ½ x 3 nipples.

This will be one of the legs of the lamp.




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Step 3

Repeat for the other leg of the lamp.



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Step 4

Screw two ½ x 3 nipples into a tee for the middle bar.

Thread the middle section into the legs created in Steps 2 and 3.

Your pipe lamp base is now complete!


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Building the Lamp Body and Wiring It

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Step 5

Thread a close nipple into the bottom of a tee.

Then thread a strain relief fitting into the back of the tee.



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Step 6

Thread the ½ x 10 nipple into the top of the tee.

Thread the lamp wire through the strain relief fitting and up the neck of the 10-inch nipple.



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Step 7

Add an elbow and the ½ x 6 nipple to the top of the assembly.



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Step 8

Thread another elbow onto the end of the ½ x 6 nipple.

Pass the lamp wire through.



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Step 9

Thread a close nipple into the ¾ to 1 coupling, and fit the rubber bushing (white) and threaded rod (silver) from the lamp kit to the inside of the coupling.

Then thread the ¾ to 1 coupling to the ½ to ¾ coupling.



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Step 10

Pass the wire through the assembly created in Step 9, and thread it into the elbow.



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Step 11

Thread the socket base onto the threaded rod in the assembly created in Step 9.



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Step 12

Connect the lamp wires to the socket.





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Step 13

Fit the socket into the socket base.


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Step 14

Screw in the light bulb, tighten the strain relief fitting on the back of the lamp.

Switch your new industrial pipe lamp on!

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Take a look at more DIY projects here on The Home Depot blog. And follow our A Few of Our Favorite Things board on Pinterest for more great DIY project ideas.

Black pipe and pipe fittings for your DIY industrial pipe projects are always available at The Home Depot. 

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  1. Patrick says:

    Home Depot Associate (Craig Allen?)

    I am building a coffee table framed with black pipe and two matching end tables for my son.

    I discovered a pipe light while researching the furniture and would like to surprise my son with a lamp.

    Specifically, I would like one that uses a Touch On/Off Control and if possible a three-way bulb.

    Thank you in advance for your guidance before I visit my store (#804) to purchase the materials for this surprise gift for my son.

  2. Big Al says:

    anyone have any good ideas how to that the labels off the pipes?

  3. Rich says:

    Built this today and I’m liking it very much. One thing though – I’m not in love with how the socket is showing. Suggestions for covering it to fit the industrial feel?

  4. Evan says:

    It took a total of 2 hours from the time I left for the store and time I turned th switch. This was a very fun and easy project to kill some time on a Saturday and it looks great in my new apartment. Would love plans for a floor lamp version.

  5. Cool tutorial. Clear and easy to follow. We wrote a similar tutorial on our blog about making a diy pipe lamp not so long ago about.

  6. Larry says:

    Awesome! Did you use any kind of threadlocking material in the thread to prevent them from loosening? That pivot point looks like it would come loose with time.

  7. Bryan says:

    Also, what size strain relief fitting did you use? I used the 1/2″ one but it doesn’t clamp down on the cord. There is still a bit of wiggle room and that defeats the purpose. This is the one used:

    1/2 in. 0.260 – 0.375 Strain-Relief Cord Connector

  8. Bryan says:

    I’m having a problem with Step 9. Did you get the couplings switched up? How can I put a 1/2″ close nipple into a 3/4 to 1 coupling? And which of the 3 white rubber bushings are you fitting into the coupling? I can’t get any of them to stick. They all seem to just fall out.

    Step 9

    Thread a close nipple into the ¾ to 1 coupling, and fit the rubber bushing (white) and threaded rod (silver) from the lamp kit to the inside of the coupling.

    Then thread the ¾ to 1 coupling to the ½ to ¾ coupling.

  9. Ace says:

    Clearly, the image of the lamp is of one built using brass pipe, not black pipe or galvanized pipe. Also, you will not find the brass parts you would need at The Home Depot. If you settle for black pipe, you might be able to find the parts there.

    There are online plumbing supply houses from which you can order brass pipe if desired for this project (more expensive, but “cleaner” and better looking in my opinion). Finally, some type of industrial shade could be a good addition to direct light and reduce glare.

    • Craig Allen says:

      Hi, Ace.

      The lamp is indeed made from black pipe. Maybe the photo with the golden hue in the lighting makes it look like brass pipe?

      A brass pipe lamp would look awesome, though.

      -Craig, from The Home Depot

  10. Stephanie says:

    My boyfriend just finished up building a pipe desk and I want to make this as an accent for him. I have no idea how to navigate a home improvement store. Could you let me know the names of the isles where these parts would be located?

    • Craig Allen says:

      Hi, Stephanie.

      All of the pipe pieces will be in the plumbing section of your Home Depot store, and you can find the lamp kit in the electrical section.

      Don’t be the least bit shy about asking an associate to help you find what you need. That’s what they’re there for. They love helping customers.

      -Craig, from The Home Depot

  11. Janice B. says:

    I made this lamp. It turned out great!! I’ve recieved a ton of compliments
    I found some of the parts to be pricey but I’m still glad I made it.
    I’m gonna make another as a Christmas gift!
    Thanks Home Depot for a fun DIY Project.

  12. Janice B. says:

    I posted photos of my finished Industrial Lamp on twitter using both the #homedepot hashtag and the @HomeDepot. I love the lamp, the instructions were pretty easy to follow. I’m thinking of making another! – it’d be a great Christmas gift for someone’s mancave or workbench. – I gave mine to my husband! – he loved it too!!


  13. Janice B. says:

    I didn’t see the black pipe, it was late and I was hurried I bought all galvanized pipes
    Can I spray paint them all black? Or any other color for that matter.

  14. Steve says:

    The photo at the top of this article does not look like steel. Was that model made from bronze (very expensive) or was the finished lamp stained with something? If it is the latter, I’d like to know how!

    • Craig Allen says:


      This pipe lamp uses so-called “black pipe”. It’s steel pipe that has a zinc coating on it, which looks black.

      -Craig, from The Home Depot

  15. Jesse says:

    Some of these items don’t seem to exist on the site. A search for “½” FPT to ¾” MPT coupling” shows up something that appears to be totally different (and when I went to the store they knew it as something else). Would be really nice if you linked to the items and/or included the SKU’s.

  16. Ann says:

    This idea is super cool! I love artsy, rustic pieces like this. It looks fairly simple, too. I may have to try it out.

  17. Berdj J. Rassam says:

    That’s pretty cool.

  18. James says:

    It needs the faucet with dimming function… :-)