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I am trying to create a custom light/chandelier to hang above a kitchen island.
The roof above this island is irregular (see image 1) and I have 2 points to connect to (the larger one actually has a double cable). I don't necessarily need to use all the points, I can just use one then disconnect and bury/remove the other wires.

I have a rectangle of steel pipe 100cm x 50cm ready (screws together in pieces)

I want to suspend this rectangle from the ceiling by some strong wire / chain and have a number of filament bulbs hang from the frame. A bit like image 2 as an example.

Ideally I would like a single wire coming from the ceiling into the frame. I was planning to run a ring of mains wire inside the frame. At each point I want a light then I would drill into to top of the pipe and T splice off the live and neutral rings to connect a lamp. This should result in a number of lamps wired in parallel. I will of course also earth the pipe at several points.

Unfortunately the pipe does not have a large diameter and so I am unlikely to be able to fit a connector block inside to splice with. Therefore I am not sure the best way to go about wiring this safely.

I could manually splice with twisting/soldering/shrink insulation/tape but this seems a little messy and I wonder if it would be considered unsafe especially with mains wire. Although there would be some inherent safety as all wiring is contained within a fully earthed metal pipe.

I can find nice T-splice connectors but they only seem to be available for 12v wiring. I could fit a transformer inside the ceiling and run a 12v DC ring inside the frame instead. The 12v lamps available are more expensive, have a much smaller range and are bound to be less bright though.

The final option I suppose would be to do all the wiring in a junction box in the ceiling and run a wire for each lamp down from there (similar to image 2) I think this may look a little unbalanced though.

Does anyone have any thoughts as to the best way to proceed with this?


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