Copper Bedside Lights

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Creating an environment that inspires you is one of the most rewarding parts of having a place of your own. Justin and I find so much joy in the home projects we dream up and bring to life. Do-it-yourself projects give you the flexibility to customize your decor to your tastes, color scheme, and function. 

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We wanted bedside lights that were mounted on the wall, for overhead lighting that didn’t take up space on our nightstand. Inspired by the minimalist black cord pendant lights we saw all over Budapest, we found a pendant light cord set from West Elm. Copper is a major aesthetic component in our home, so we threaded the pendant light through a 1/2 inch copper pipe. 

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We absolutely love the way these lights turned out! It makes our room feel warm and cozy at night time and totally fits our decorating style. 

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Materials (makes 2 lights) : 

- 1/2 in. copper pipe (we bought a 5 ft. piece)

- 4 copper 90 degree elbows (also 1/2 in. thick)

- 4 copper tube straps

- pendant light cord set 

 

Tools :

- drill

- drill bits

- screw driver  

- screws

- wall anchors  

- level

- pipe cutter  

- pencil

- tape measure

- husband (required) 

 

1. Measure + cut copper pipe to desired length (check if the hardware store can cut them for you). If cutting from home, measure your desired length, mark with a pencil and cut with a pipe cutter.

2. Disconnect bulb socket from wire to feed through copper pipe. This step is the most complicated - see the slideshow gallery below for visual instructions, or watch this tutorial.

3. Feed wire through pipe (make sure to measure to desired length for light socket to hang) .

4. Reconnect wire to light socket.  

5. Decide the height for your light to hang and mark wall with a pencil.

6. Drill holes for wall anchors + insert wall anchor (make sure to level so light is perfectly straight). 

7. Fasten copper light to wall with the tube straps and screws. Plug it in and voila! Repeat for the other side if you’re making two bedside lamps. 

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 TIP - Use nail polish remover to rub off the markings on you pipe! 

TIP - Use nail polish remover to rub off the markings on you pipe! 

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