DIY Industrial Light
Posted By
Ashley Phipps
Monday, December 17, 2018
Materials Needed: 
  • Matte Clear Spray Paint
  • HomeRight Small Spray Shelter
  • 5" x 32" Steel U Channel
  • (3) 1/2" x 3/8" Bushing
  • (3) 1/2" x 2" Nipple
  • (3) 1/2" x 3/8" Reducer Elbow
  • (3) 1/2" Coupling
  • (3) #10 Flat Washer
  • (3) Pendant Lights of your choice
  • (2) 1/4" x 4" Stove Bolts
  • (2) Toggle Wall Anchors
  • (1) Zip Tie
  • 7/8" Titanium Drill Bit
  • 1/4" Titanium Drill Bit
  • Drill Press
  • Drill
  • Level
  • Screwdriver
  • Wire Cutters

Project Steps


This DIY Industrial Light is the perfect way to add beautiful and custom vanity lights into your home without a high price tag. With just a few supplies and about an afternoon's worth of work, you can create an industrial custom look for your home.

Step 1

Clean the Metal

You will want to begin by cleaning your steel u-channel and pipe. You can use a wipe, a rag or just soap and water.

Step 2

Drill the Holes

Use a drill press to drill (3) 7/8" holes into your u-channel. This will be where the light fixtures will hang from. Then drill (2) 1/4" holes in between the three larger holes for screws to secure these light fixtures into the wall.

Step 3

Paint and Seal

Because it is so cold outside, it really limits my ability to do any projects that involve paint. So I love the HomeRight Small Spray Shelter because it is small enough that I can put it on my kitchen island, kitchen table, or my office table and spray whatever I need to spray! I love how it keeps the overspray contained and makes it so that I can still do really fun spray painting projects even in the winter time!

I put a piece of butcher paper in the bottom of my spray shelter to protect the bottom of the shelter. You don't need to do this, but it will definitely help preserve the life of the spray shelter.

I sprayed two coats of clear coat on the u-channel and the steel pipe and let it dry completely.

It is important to still work in a well-ventilated area because a clear coat will still have strong fumes.

Step 4

Assemble the Pieces

After the pieces were dry, I was ready to begin assembling the lights.

You can grab all the details for how to assemble these on my blog HERE.

But basically, you will assemble the pipe by connecting the washer and bushing on one side of the u-channel, and the reducer elbow, nipple and coupling on the other side of the u channel and then stringing the pendant light fixture through it.  

Step 5

Bolt/Screw to Wall

We marked our wall, put our wall anchors in place, and then used the bolts to screw the light fixture into the wall.

And after the vanity lights were in place, we attached the glass portion of the pendant light and placed light bulbs in the fixtures.

The end result turned out just as good as I had imagined!

We have been wanting to replace our master bathroom lights until we found the perfect ones. Well after years of looking, I never found anything I loved. So I decided it was time to take matters into my own hands and create our own vanity lights!

So with an afternoon's worth of work, and a few supplies, we created these beautiful DIY Industrial Lights that look perfect over our bathroom vanities!

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