How to Make a PVC Lamp

Light, strong, and cheap, PVC (polyvinyl chloride) pipe is highly suitable for do-it-yourself projects. Instead of buying expensive manufactured lamps, save money and do a little to save the environment by building your own lamp from PVC pipes. A PVC lamp is quick to assemble and has a cool, futuristic look.

PVC pipe is readily available at home improvement and hardware stores.

Step 1

Thread the light bulb socket's power cord through the 12-inch pipe.

Step 2

Spread glue around the edge and just inside the "bulb" end of the 12-inch pipe. Press the socket firmly into the glue.

Step 3

Allow the glue to dry for at least three hours.

Step 4

Thread the power cord into the up-facing hole of the five-way connector and out one of the other holes. Press the 12-inch pipe into the up-facing hole.

Step 5

Thread the power cord through one of the 3-inch pipes. Press the pipe into the five-way connector where the cord comes out. Attach the coupler to the end of the 3-inch pipe.

Step 6

Insert the remaining three 3-inch-long pipes into the remaining holes of the five-way connector. Cap each of these three to complete the lamp.

About the Author

Based in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mike Venture has been writing since 2005. He has written for the RAND Corporation, Sterling & Ross Publishers and Metropol Literary Agency. He has also worked as a technical writer at several software start-ups. Venture holds a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from the University of Pittsburgh.