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LIGHTING An Exploration for Old-house Owners & Designers

Here’s our curated selection of information about lighting — everything from early American tin and turned-wood chandeliers to mica lamps; Art Deco slipper shades to Sputnik pendants. Find information on metal finishing and rewiring, too!

Material comes from Old-House Journal, Old-House Interiors, and Arts & Crafts Homes magazines, and includes stories by contributors and editors.

Old California's Large 6-sided Cobblestone Pendant Light

Old California's large 6-sided Cobblestone Pendant Light.

In its period precedent, material, and finish, lighting enhances the style of an interior. You can mix and match, of course, as most old houses have lighting from various periods. Many period reproductions that would have been lit with oil, kerosene, or gas were adapted for electricity. You can still buy antique and vintage fixtures and lamps.

Does anything else besides lighting so perfectly combine beauty with utility? Lighting is necessary, but at the same time its placement and design creates a mood. The fixture or lamp itself may be an object of beauty, even unlit. We may see the skill of the woodworker, the metalsmith, the potter, and the glass artist.

Lighting may just be the most visible, and affordable, way to lend style and ambiance to a room.

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Planning Ahead for Adequate Lighting

Restoring Vintage Fixture

The New Bulbs & More

Artful Lighting for Various Budgets

Different Genres within Arts & Crafts

Revival of Art Lamps

Fixtures 1910 – 1930s

Lighting Design by Era

Hallmarks of Historic Lighting Fixtures 1860–1965

Integrating Modern Lighting

How to Restore Vintage Lighting

Shop Tour: Old California Lighting

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Suppliers: A comprehensive list of lighting companies

Suppliers: A directory of Arts & Crafts lighting & lamp makers

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