Make a PVC Light Stand for Under $5

If you’ve collected some frugal lights, you’re going to need stands to hang them on. A cheap retail stand will go for $20, but I managed to make four of these for that price. Plus, there are some things you can do with this stand that you can’t with tripod-like versions.

Halogen work light
https://www.amazon.com/Bayco-SL-1002-Halogen-Project-Light/dp/B000FW7UH4/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=thefrugfilm00-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=N476NPJEHQ3JLRMF&creativeASIN=B000FW7UH4

Clamp light
https://www.amazon.com/Power-Zone-Clamp-Light-PZ-300/dp/B000KKLPOU/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=thefrugfilm00-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=OP4MPBKQ4YP3LXSG&creativeASIN=B000KKLPOU

PVC pipe cutters
Harbor Freight Tools: http://www.harborfreight.com/ratchet-action-hose-pvc-pipe-cutter-39749.html
eBay: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?icep_ff3=2&pub=5575055920&toolid=10001&campid=5337372659&customid=&icep_item=221389258049&ipn=psmain&icep_vectorid=229466&kwid=902099&mtid=824&kw=lg
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Orbit-WaterMaster-Underground-53267-Replacement/dp/B000PSC1BI/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=thefrugfilm00-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=RFNVB2TOIF67GNZP&creativeASIN=B000PSC1BI

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50 Comments

  1. Igor on September 16, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    That is a really easy, good and cheap PVC stand… BUT… In fcking Serbia, for example that T part, that can connect 3 pipes, has almost the same diameter like pipes… So, there is no way to connect 2 or more pipes because it can only be done with an iron… If you take a next bigger T part, with bigger diameter than it is 3 times bigger than the pipe… If you are damned to live in Serbia do not even try to make it without plumber tools!

  2. Ctyme Beretania on September 16, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    You almost sound like Jeff Goldblum

  3. Kia Johnson on September 16, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    you are AWESOME

  4. Harshad darji on September 16, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    welldone..

  5. EL Guapo on September 16, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    Feels like I am watching Bob Ross for A/V stuff. Great video, thanks.

  6. Philo Secrets on September 16, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    What screw did you use in 4:27

  7. OCFam on September 16, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    This is exactly what I was looking for! Need 3-4 lantern stands for camping and didn’t want to spend $150+ on Coleman stands. This is cheap and easy πŸ‘ Thanks!!

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  9. Melissa Brauen on September 16, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    Just finished making these – perfect of my needs. Thanks!

  10. Matthew Meek on September 16, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    You can use PVC pipes to replace alot of stands and you can spray paint the tubes flat black and the joints glossy yellow if you want a REALLY sweet finish. I did this to make a stand for my reef tank light and it looks amazing painted

  11. Ryan Ketcheson on September 16, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    You’re missing a parts list, so I made it for those who like to cut and paste their shopping list. Feel free to throw it in your notes if you wish.

    1x ¾” PVC pipe 10’ in length to cut to:
    3x ΒΎ" PVC pipe 2’ in length
    6x ΒΎ" PVC pipe 6" in length
    1x ΒΎ" PVC pipe 1 1/2" in length
    1x ΒΎ" PVC pipe remainder" in length
    4x ¾” PVC end caps
    3x ¾” PVC T-joints
    4x ¾” PVC couplers

  12. rexall9000 on September 16, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    I realize this is from 2010, but it is still timely. I am so incompetent with this kind of stuff, but even I can follow this tutorial! Thanks so much! Excellent!

  13. Rana Ghosh on September 16, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    Excelent idea Boss, As an Indian definitely I have to admire your concept, gr8 going

  14. Freedom Speaks on September 16, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    I have just a bulb with a cord, can this work?

  15. Philo Secrets on September 16, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    Please make a video on 4:36. Did you use driller on it?

  16. valber firmino on September 16, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    super like !!!!! thank you for de video !!! ^_^

  17. James Ukekwe on September 16, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    God bless you real good!

  18. VISHAL SINGH on September 16, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    thank you so much…..there is so much to learn from YouTube

  19. Haley Smith on September 16, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    This is poetry. Thank you!

  20. DL on September 16, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Brilliant

  21. Coralinda Bisignano on September 16, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Newbie here! I love the idea behind the crib sheet and pvc piping. I am guessing this would be used as a soft box. How exactly should I be attaching the frame of it to the stand that I create? With one of those half moon pieces (where you can fit the pvc into it)? Also, do I cut out a hole through the cloth on one side or create an actual box to put the framed crib sheet in? Any help clarifying this would be greatly appreciated. Thank in advance!

  22. Nicole Hathaway on September 16, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Just made 2 of these!! It was perfect & exactly what I needed. Thank you! πŸ™‚

  23. Tim Limson on September 16, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    I love your videos. Easy instructions with occasional hilarious
    commentary. "I have a bunch of these bed sheets cause I had a couple
    babies."

    How do you install the work light screw into the PVC end cap?

  24. Someone on the Internet on September 16, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    This is exactly what I was looking for thank you

  25. laaren11 on September 16, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    I’ll bet soon we’ll see people selling these as packages.. (hint, hint) painting them black makes them look more pro – I love the creativity and flexibility of this option – I’m working on building my whole filmmaking kit – just starting out I could spend the money on audio equipment rather than light stands

  26. Anwar Khan on September 16, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    Thank you.

  27. Yasmin Renjana on September 16, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    Thank you. You explain it so good!

  28. Neha's Vision on September 16, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    really awesome man

  29. Rick Henderson on September 16, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    This is really great. I want to set up some simple and frugal lighting for doing computer tutorials from my webcam. This could be the ticket! And I have some baby crib sheets lying around πŸ™‚

  30. Sedrick Rogers on September 16, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    How do I fit myΒ Neewer CN-160 light onto this stand?

  31. Unionville VFD on September 16, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    I have just started this interest in doing someLive Streaming, and I am being very carefol as to not spend alot of money until I learn more as I go. I am very familiar with PVC pipe and fitting, and have thought about using it in some way. NOW you have my mind spinning with ideas! I am thinking not only stands, but a truss, as well as a boom arm for lights and audio! Thanks for the ideas and giving me something to think on!

  32. Deb Erney on September 16, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    very creative solutions for "frugal film makers". Thanks for posting.

  33. iRoswell Videos on September 16, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    Awesome! Thanks!

  34. Zenith Greyz on September 16, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    U dont have to glue it right?

  35. Caleb Originals on September 16, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    Need help finding out how to build a mobile model stand so I can video while moving my models kind of like the one you did with the the sliding camera but one for holding models if you could help me I’d be really grateful

  36. Bruce Korb on September 16, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    Well, actually, I think you _do_ want to glue together the base. Relying on friction with all your equipment lying around is inadvisable.

  37. Scott on September 16, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    .. as a public service announcement: notice date of posting. (PVC is now a tad more expensive, mostly because this guy told everybody about PVC!!) lol :)) good vid!

  38. LJ Thornsburry on September 16, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    So helpful!! Thank you!! Saved me hundreds! Can’t wait to make my own light kits!!

  39. John W. Browning on September 16, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    Just like a Guinness commercial. BRILLIANT!

  40. Kim on September 16, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    How would you make a stand so that I can use it for a sewing dress torso. I would appreciate your feedback. Thank you

  41. Sunday F. on September 16, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    Lmao can someone fix the captions ? β€œThe person you are going to do… is George Strait”

  42. David Tymensen on September 16, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    If this is your stand do you make a pinhole camera too? πŸ™‚

  43. creatoviz on September 16, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    That’s great stuff. I really enjoyed the simplicity you have shown while making these cool stands. Thank you

  44. Lance Maddux on September 16, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    Would a 1-1/2 version of these PVC pipes be strong enough to hold a 75lb traffic light? Or should I stick with metal pipes?

  45. Efgan Kha on September 16, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    which size pipes did you use? today i tried 20mm pipe joint to 25mm T-joint…and it doest not fit..actually t joint is big…so how did you figure out..please inform me /..thanks

  46. John Carney on September 16, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    Thank you so much for this great video. At 4:36- what did you do to the end cap to allow it to nicely receive the bolt from the work light? Thanks.

  47. Joao Miguel on September 16, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    WOW! thanks, man, been looking for something like this for ages! WELL DONE!!

  48. Scott McLennan on September 16, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    First time viewer, instant subscriber. Your creativity is inspirational.

  49. fetB on September 16, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    whats a phonebook?

  50. Random Movie Guy on September 16, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    @7:40 Google killed the phonebook…. Great design buddy, still helpful 7 years on!

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