i should be mopping the floor: DIY Industrial Light Fixture

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

DIY Industrial Light Fixture

This DIY Industrial Light Fixture is the latest piece I've made for my son's room.
It's a lot less expensive to DIY this vintage light, rather than purchase it ready-made.
And absolutely no special skills are required for this one. I put it together in an hour, on my own.

DIY Industrial Light Fixture | Make this vintage fixture for a lot less money than buying the pre-made ones. No electrical experience needed and just very basic DIY skills. Goes together in an hour.
I've been wanting one of these vintage DIY industrial light fixtures for awhile. We have the perfect spot in my son's room and it totally fits with his decor. You can purchase a pre-made fixture online, but this DIY version is less than half the cost. See all of my details on creating this piece below. 



DIY Industrial Light Fixture | Make this vintage fixture for a lot less money than buying the pre-made ones. No electrical experience needed and just very basic DIY skills. Goes together in an hour.
Isn't this just too fun? I love being able to see the quirky, vintage Edison bulb inside this industrial light fixture. It's the perfect little reading light in the corner of my kiddo's room.  


DIY Industrial Light Fixture | Make this vintage fixture for a lot less money than buying the pre-made ones. No electrical experience needed and just very basic DIY skills. Goes together in an hour.

The main reason I decided to make my own fixture was the cost. When I priced these at lighting stores and online (as complete lights) they were way over $100 each. By piecing this together and building the light, I spent less than $40 (I grabbed everything on Amazon). Also, be sure to get the plug-in socket...no wiring!
DIY Industrial Light Fixture | Make this vintage fixture for a lot less money than buying the pre-made ones. No electrical experience needed and just very basic DIY skills. Goes together in an hour.
The only addition to the supplies was an old piece of wood I grabbed from my scrap pile. This piece is totally optional. I wanted to extend the light's reach just a bit more than the pulley's arm allowed, so adding an old board gave me another 3/4 of an inch or so. This board was ancient, too...I think it was off of an old piece of furniture. It already had nail holes, so I just used anchors and secured it to my wall in its existing holes...kind of works for this old vintage look. In the space I used, I didn't have a stud, so it was important to use wall anchors. This piece isn't too heavy or anything...but it's in a preteen boy's room. I'm sure he won't be nearly as gentle pulling the light up and down as his mom envisions him being. ;) 



DIY Industrial Light Fixture | Make this vintage fixture for a lot less money than buying the pre-made ones. No electrical experience needed and just very basic DIY skills. Goes together in an hour.
If you're mounting the pulley directly to the wall, be sure to use wall anchors or secure to a stud. Since I already had my board secured with anchors, I was able to screw the pulley (it came with screws) straight to the board.


DIY Industrial Light Fixture | Make this vintage fixture for a lot less money than buying the pre-made ones. No electrical experience needed and just very basic DIY skills. Goes together in an hour.
Before hanging the pendent, attach the cage to it with the supplied screws that come with it. It's a tight fit, but it will go onto the light piece. Then disassemble the pulley system (see detailed photo below) to insert the cord. 


DIY Industrial Light Fixture | Make this vintage fixture for a lot less money than buying the pre-made ones. No electrical experience needed and just very basic DIY skills. Goes together in an hour.
I thought it would be easier to capture how this works lying flat. The pulley has two pins (the smaller one actually holds the main pin in place). Pull out the little pin, then the main pin, and then the circular part of the pulley will pop out. Thread the rope over it and put it back in place with both pins secure again.


DIY Industrial Light Fixture | Make this vintage fixture for a lot less money than buying the pre-made ones. No electrical experience needed and just very basic DIY skills. Goes together in an hour.
Then insert your vintage bulb and plug it in to your nearest electrical socket.
The cord is super long, so you should have enough to reach a socket...or to mount this high on the wall! ;) 


DIY Industrial Light Fixture | Make this vintage fixture for a lot less money than buying the pre-made ones. No electrical experience needed and just very basic DIY skills. Goes together in an hour.
As you can see, there is a plastic clip that can be added to remove the "pull" feature and make the light more stationary. I took it out after photos, so my son has the ability to pull the lamp up and down, as he sees fit. 


DIY Industrial Light Fixture | Make this vintage fixture for a lot less money than buying the pre-made ones. No electrical experience needed and just very basic DIY skills. Goes together in an hour.
What do you think? I love making something for so much cheaper than buying the actual item. Again, find my source list below to purchase all of these parts to build this for your home:

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2 comments:

  1. Love this! And, as always, you give such great tutorials! Featuring this lovely fixture on Friday at our Best of the Weekend Party!

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  2. What an awesome idea! We are going for that industrial look in my sons room and this would be perfect!! =)

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