Do It Yourself – An Inexpensive (Light) Hanger Kit

By Jessica Timko (Jessy.)

I wanted to make an inexpensive light hanger kit for my pendants. There are commercial ones available, but the hobby is about having fun, right? Here’s how I made my light bars to hang the lights above my aquarium.

Parts and Tools

Tools used:

  • Drill
  • Measuring tape
  • ¾" Pipe bender ($40 at Home Depot)
  • Various drill bits
  • Pipe cutter
 

Shopping List

  • Two – 10' lengths of ¾" conduit pipe (get a third one because you'll make mistakes while bending)
  • Two sets of “Sunlifts” from Sunlight Supply (link)
  • Four 1" hooks
  • Four decorative nuts (I got mine from a Current light fixture set, but I’m sure they sell something comparable at Home Depot)
  • Four ¾" brackets for attaching to the wall or stand
  • One bag of ½” end caps (see picture below for type)
  • Screws for mounting to the wall/stand
 

Construction

To make these light bars I needed them to hang a 14” light fixture 16” over a tank. (I chose to hang it slightly closer to the front of the tank.)

I measured 18" to start my first bend. That gives me 2" extra on each side of my fixture of dead space.

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If you’ve never worked with a pipe bender before, you have to line up the little star with your line.

Bend your first 90 degree angle by stepping on the pedal and forcing it up.

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I needed my light bar to extend 15-16" out from the wall.. so I made my next mark 12" from the top of the perpendicular pipe. Bending with the 3/4" pipe bender adds about 4" extra to the finished bend. Thus a 12" mark becomes 16" finished product.

Bend your second 90 degree angle the same way as the first.

Cut the excess length off the foot of your pipe. I cut 7.5" off the end for my purposes.

Drill holes straight through the pipe to screw in the hooks.

I finished mine off with a decorative nut, but any nut will do.

I went the extra step and capped the pipe for a finished look.

This is the bag for these caps; notice they are 1/2" to fit inside the 3/4" pipe.

This is what the final close up of the hangers look like.

My pipes sit on the floor behind my tank because I couldn't access behind my stand to attach them to the stand (my first choice) so I attached them to the wall.

Final Product - it works!

Later, with the 48" light fixture. I prefer the industrial look.

Finishing Touches

Tswifty, another reef keeper from Reef Central did something similar for his 40-gallon tank. After testing the look and height, he painted the conduit and connections black. Zip ties were used to hold the cord cleanly out of sight.


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