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Building a Light Rack from Conduit

Posted on Thursday, February 18th, 2010 at 11:33 am by
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I Just built my 2nd light rack out of 3/4″ EMT Conduit, and wanted to post some pictures and say that if anyone is looking for an inexpensive/clean way to hang lights without utilizing a canopy or hanging something from your ceiling… this is the way to go.

I think each 10′ length was like $3.00 or something and it took 2 lengths for my current project. My last one only needed one length. What made this current project a little more expensive than the first one was the use of conduit fittings, instead of bending the entire bar (which can be a little difficult for a beginner).

Here was my first light rack… pretty much made to support only 1 pendant. I painted the bar black and used zip ties to hide the wires. Once again, this rack was bent (no fittings were used) so it’s all one piece.

Here is the rack I just constructed. I used a hacksaw and cut the 2 lengths of conduit into 5 separate pieces. Then the 4 conduit fittings were used to connect everything. Metal conduit straps were used to attach the main vertical bars to the back of the stand.

Photos and Content graciously provided by Tswifty

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3 Responses to “Building a Light Rack from Conduit”

  1. Curvball says:

    Very nice. I like how the bracket matches the lighting units. I would have run the cables inside the piping though for an even cleaner look 😉

    • RT says:

      That’s a great idea, which I know he considered. He is planning on painting the light rack black, and then using zip ties for the cords which will make them pretty much invisible.

  2. Bryant says:

    So how much weight do you think this would bear? I am debating on making something similar to this for an ATI 8x54w 48″ Fixture, and from what I am told it is fairly heavy.

    I should note, that I made one of the bent light hanging poles like you have there, but I only bent it in one spot, just doubled it. I am hanging a 8x54w Tek light.

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