Upcycle PVC pipes into column lights

Have a small space you'd like to illuminate? Upcycle PVC pipes into column lights to add a soft glow to any space.

You need
Utilities
  • Clamp
Materials
  • PVC Pipe
  • Single Spotlight (circumference smaller than the PVC Pipe)
  • Tape
L: Length, W: Width, H: Height, D: Diameter

Let's go - step by step

Step 1 4
Start to cut v shape with Dremel Rotary-Tool and cutting bit 561

Mark the area that you would like to cut away. We used tape to mark the area so as not to leave behind any marker on our lamps. For the "V-shaped" design, start your cut by making a plunge cut at the bottom using the Dremel 4200 Rotary-Tool and the Multi-Purpose Cutting Bit 561. Set your tool to high speed and with your tool at a 90 degree angle, plunge straight into the PVC. Tilt the tool side-to-side to widen the cut area just slightly.

Step 2 4
Make long running cuts with Dremel SC476 cutting wheel

Make the long running cuts up both sides of the "V" with an SC476 Plastic Cutting Wheel. For this accessory change mount the SC476 accessory onto your EZ SpeedClic Mandrel. Set the tool to high speed, and cut along your marked line of cut. Remember to let the speed of the tool do the work and do not bear down on your accessory.

Step 3 4
Sand edges with Dremel SC407  Drum and 408 sanding band

Clean up the edges of your cuts and give the top of your columns a soft, rounded edge using an SC407 Sanding Drum equipped with a 408 Sanding Band.

Step 4 4
Smooth with SC407 and 408 band. Project complete

Notch a small opening for the cord of your spotlight to run through to ensure your column will sit flush against the floor with the SC407 Drum and the 408 Sanding Band. Insert your spotlight and your project is complete!