How to Make an Industrial Pulley Pendant Light

I may earn a small commission for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial, and/or link to any products or services from this website.

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!

Lighting Ideas For Rooms Without Ceiling Lights

Our home was built in 1875 - like a lot of homes with that much history, ours...

Ikea Pax Wardrobe Hack

Anyone who lives in Philadelphia is familiar with the closet situation here - most of the houses are 100+ years old and either don't...

How to Make a Freestanding Industrial Pipe Shelf

The last project in our kitchen rehab was one that I'd planned from the start - a large industrial shelving unit with a gas...

A Light & Airy Guestroom Renovation

The mantle that I salvaged and restored really inspired me to update the rear bedroom in our...

A Master Bedroom Makeover Goes Black

Out of all of my house renovations thus far, my master bedroom was a lot less intense...
Secured By miniOrange