DIY Ceiling Mount

So, I have these studio lights on stands, and I saw where a guy had mounted his backdrop light
on the ceiling.

After a couple of years of procrastinating, I decided I would ceiling mount mine also.

Now, he used a broomstick and it is up there. but he had no method of maneuvering it around or
adjusting it very well.

In addition, I wanted to be able to reach it, adjust it, and even add modifiers to it from the floor
without any ladders, etc.

So, after much thought, I came up with a plan. I had an old stand that was broken, and no way
to repair it, so I started there. I used the top two sections and then needed someway to mount
them on the ceiling.

I went to Lowe’s and found these items, a electrical outlet box cover, a box spacer, and a
coupling or threaded sleeve.

Here is a picture of their part number’s if you want to attempt this as well.

You put them all together and tighten them up.

Then, drill through the sleeve to add a safety bolt, which also doubles as a lock to keep the pipes
from falling. Please use a center punch and a hammer to mark where you want the hole on the
sleeve’s curved body, or the drill bit will “WALK” all over and you will get nowhere.

Then, drill through the pipe section, and assemble the mount:

Then mount the whole thing where you need it. I choose in the center of my drop area, and
then angled it slightly down to make the most use of the light. I have simply looped the extra cords
and let them just hang off one of the tension screws. The other black lines you see here are power
cables for my other lights. The other cord that looks like a phone line is part of a remote control
system, that allows me to be able to adjust power levels from the shooting position.

So, now I have all cords and cables up off the floor, very tidy, & no tripping, Please!!!

For these images, I used a Nikon D700 with a 28-70MM lens, and a Cybersync trigger to fire a Cybersync receiver on the flash, a Nikon SB600 running in Manual mode at 1/64th power. And of course, the Flash was firing into a medium sized reflector / umbrella for even lighting.

Very sweet little setup, If you don’t mind me saying so.

Because I already had the broken stand from which to rob parts, and after my trip to Lowe’s, The total cost was less than $5.00. for everything…

I will post images later showing this light in use, so stay tuned and check back soon.

Thank you for looking….