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.

Things You Will Need

  • Five-way PVC pipe connector, 1 inch diameter
  • 3 PVC pipe caps, 1 inch diameter
  • PVC pipe coupler, 1 inch diameter
  • 4 PVC pipes, 1 inch diameter, 3 inch length
  • PVC pipe, 1 inch diameter, 12 inch length
  • Pre-wired light bulb socket with built-in switch
  • Glue


  • To make a floor lamp instead of a table lamp, use a 60-inch length of pipe instead of 12-inch, and use 6-inch pipes for the base instead of 3-inch pipes.
  • Use solvent cement specifically designed for PVC instead of glue for a stronger bond.

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.

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