How to Make an Industrial Pulley Pendant Light

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    Since the moment I moved into my new house I’ve been trying to find the perfect idea for our living room. Without any overhead ceiling fixtures, I decided to make an wood pulley pendant lamp.

    It’s perfect because it requires no hardwiring – just access to an outlet and a hook to hang the pulley from. I also love that you can easily adjust the light to whatever height you prefer. Read on to learn how to make your own!

    Materials for an Industrial Pulley Pendant Light:

    • Vintage Pulley or Block and Tackle
    • Large Hook or Ceiling Hanging Hardware
    • Small Hook (to hold your cord in place)
    • Cord Kit
    • Edison Lightbulb

    How to Make a Pulley Pendant Light:

    • Clean and Paint Your Pulley

    I bought my pulley on eBay – when it arrived it definitely needed a little love. You can keep yours as worn as you’d like but I taped off the wood and painted the metal black. After the paint had dried I cleaned and waxed the wood pulley.

    • Install hook or hanging hardware into your ceiling

    If you can locate a support beam, this is the safest way to hang your light. Because we have a plaster ceiling its difficult to locate the beams, so we used a screw anchor to hang our pulley. You can also use rope between your pulley and ceiling hook to add more texture.

    • Pull your cord through the pulley
    • Adjust to your desired height

    You can find cord kits in all kinds of colors, patterns, and fabrications. I think it’s best to get a cord kit with extra length so you can adjust the light’s height easily.

    • Loop the end of the cord over the hook and plug in
    • Screw in your lightbulb

    You’re done! I love this project since it’s so easy but really makes a statement!