How to Make a Modern Bathroom Light Fixture : Black and Brass. A step by step tutorial with a complete supply list.

Lately I've been drawn to the look of black and white + brass, especially in bathrooms.  So when we decided to renovate our kids' bathroom, I knew I wanted a primarily black + white palette with punches of brass details scattered throughout. And what better place to incorporate black + brass than in the light fixture above the mirror?

After learning how to wire lamps last year (the twisted copper pipe light is still one of my favorites), I was pretty sure I could figure out how to make a modern bathroom light fixture using the same ideas. Read on to learn how to make your own DIY modern light fixture--it's really not too difficult and the savings of making it yourself is huge!

**And of course, I must disclose that I am NOT an electrician** This post is for general information and inspiration.

How to Make a Modern Bathroom Light Fixture

Labeled Diagram of all pieces you need to make a modern bathroom light fixture

Modern Bathroom Light Fixture Step-by-Step

1

Thread the wire leads from one of the sockets through the hollow brass nipple, then screw the brass nipple into the threads at the top of the light socket.

2

Tighten the small screw on the side of the socket.

Black Light socket with lead wires
Attaching brass nipple to socket to make a black and brass Bathroom Fixture

3 & 4

Thread the wires through the socket cover.

Adding black socket cover to socket to make a black and brass Bathroom Light Fixture
Black socket over socket to make a black and brass Bathroom Light Fixture
Brass Elbow to connect black pipe to light socket. DIY Bathroom Light Fixture

5

Next, thread the wires through one of the brass elbows (90 degree armback).

6

Screw the brass elbow onto the brass nipple.

7

Thread the wires through one 10" piece of pipe.

Brass Elbow to connect black pipe to light socket. DIY Bathroom Light Fixture
Brass Elbow to connect black pipe to light socket. DIY Bathroom Light Fixture

8

Screw the end of the pipe into the brass elbow.

One side of black and brass DIY bathroom light fixture. Pipe connected to brass elbow and light socket.

9

Thread the wires through the 4 way armback, then screw the armback into the end of the black pipe.

One side of black and brass DIY bathroom light fixture. Pipe connected to brass elbow and light socket.

**Repeat Steps 1-7 with one of the remaining light sockets **

This will be the other side of the light fixture.

Steps of wiring a light socket for DIY light fixture.

10 & 11

Thread the wires of socket #2 into the side of the 4-way armback, exiting through the back.

How to make a modern bathroom light fixture. Wires from light socket going through black pipe.
How to make a modern bathroom light fixture. Wires from light socket going through black pipe.

12

Screw the end of the pipe into the 4 way armback.

How to make a modern bathroom light fixture. Wires from light socket going through black pipe.

13

Prepare the last socket as you did in steps 1-4.

Step By Step Instructions : How to make a modern bathroom light fixture. Attach center light socket to brass junction.

14

Thread the wires of the last socket through the bottom hole of the 4-way armback, exiting through the back side.

How to make a modern bathroom light fixture. Wires from light socket going through black pipe.

15

Screw the nipple of the last socket into the bottom threads of the 4-way armback.

How to make a modern bathroom light fixture. Wiring a DIY light fixture.

16

Next, thread all six wires of the three sockets onto a 2" piece of black pipe. Screw the pipe into the back threads of the 4-way armback.

17

Attach the brass coupling onto the end of the black pipe.

How to make a modern bathroom light fixture. Wiring a DIY light fixture.
How to make a modern bathroom light fixture. Wiring a DIY light fixture.

18 & 19

Thread the wires through the zinc plated nipple, then screw it into the threads of the brass coupling.

Top view of DIY modern bathroom light fixture.
Top view of DIY modern bathroom light fixture.

20

Finally, insert the wires and nipple through the center hole of the black canopy. Slide the cross bar onto the nipple, followed by a brass washer, then a copper ground wire strap, a slip star lock washer, and finally, a hex head nut.(The steel studs on the sides will be used later to attach the fixture to the wall.)

How to make a modern bathroom light fixture. How to wire a light fixture--view from the back side with black, white and copper wires

21

Connect all three white wires by twisting the ends together. Connect all three black wires by twisting the ends together.

How to Wire a Modern Bathroom Light Fixture

Connect the wires of the fixture to the appropriate wires from the electrical box inside the wall. Black to black, white to white, copper to copper. Twist together with the appropriately sized wire nut. Consult an electrician if you're not confident in what you're doing here.

Screw the steel studs into the holes of the electrical box, then slide the canopy onto the steel studs through the two side holes.  Tighten with 8/32 threaded finials.

Replacing a bathroom light fixture. Black, white and copper wires in wall.
Replacing a bathroom light fixture
How to Make a Modern Bathroom Light Fixture : Black and Brass. A step by step tutorial with a complete supply list.
How to Make a Modern Black and Brass Bathroom Light Fixture : A step by step tutorial with a complete supply list.

Let me know if you make your own modern bathroom light fixture--I'd love to see how it turns out! As always, tag me on facebook or instagram if you post a photo so I can cheer you on!

2 Comments

  1. Dan on July 11, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    This is AWESOME, thank you for the instructions! This is my new favorite website.

    • Angie Wilson on July 11, 2019 at 10:16 pm

      Thanks Dan, I’m so glad you found it helpful! I’d love to see it if you make one! 🙂

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