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Wall Sconces Explained..........

30 June, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

Wall sconces are a stunning addition to any room.

 

 

 

 

From mood to task lighting, they are versatile in their function as they are in their design. If you are renovating or building a new home and if there are no pre-existing sconces or designs for them.......PUT THEM IN!! You will not be disappointed by how great they look and how they add a new dimension to the room when lit.

 

 

Antique and Vintage Wall Sconces.

 

It goes without saying, these are really, really cool. Outstanding design and craftsmanship are all hallmarks of antique and vintage sconces along with beautiful glass and light quality. From converted gas sconces of the Victorian era to Art Deco slipper shade wall sconces, we strive to carry a diverse range of styles. Pairs of antique sconces with antique glass or re purposed industrial wall lights are the most popular right now as a lot of home owners like the character and history they both provide. Art Deco is always hot as well as any single sconces that are unusual where people only need one.

 

Although they give great light, the majority of our antique and vintage wall lights are more decorative and feature intricate metal work, designs and patterns that will never be repeated again. We like to stock lighting that make us go “WOW” as we know our clients will feel the same.

 

Custom Line of Wall Sconces

 

When it comes to our Custom line of wall sconces, that's where we really shine. With 12 unique finishes, 20+ glass shades and numerous modifications available, we pride ourselves in the options available and the fact that we make them right here. That's huge as there is no shoddy overseas manufacturing, lack of warranty from the retailer or cheap materials used. All of our sconces are made of solid brass and can be done in a range of brass and patina finishes. With brass making a comeback in the design world, we're one of the only companies offering brass wall lighting.

 

Our styles range from contemporary to traditional with many being available in single, double and triple light configurations.

 

When it comes to lighting up a room, they are all rated for 60-100 watts per socket and are both decorative and functional.

 

When selecting wall sconces, there are 3 things you have to keep in mind.

 

  1. Light. The most important of course. How much do you need and will that require single or multiple arms?

  2. Direction. Ties in with the first point. Pointing up will provide more dramatic illumination as they light washes the wall and provides a warm glow. Pointing down and the sconces are more directional and illuminate surface areas like bathroom sinks etc. For either side of a fireplace or in a hallway, we recommend up lighting if you have the space. For all others, down lighting is more optimal for tasks.

  3. Size and projection. You may get 1 and 2 right but too big or too small and you're in trouble. Unlike dining room lighting, there is no guideline or equation for establishing the right size so you'll have to exercise some planning. Projection is another element to be mindful of as they can't stick out too far unless there is a sink or an object below. Building codes allow for a minimum height on the wall to prevent accidents and if you are unsure, consult your local building code.

 

Our specialty is antique, vintage and custom lighting done really, really well. When it comes to sconces, we know just what's right for form, function, style and history if you are doing a period reno. From bathroom task lighting to bedroom reading lights, we have you covered.

 

 

Hallway, Bedroom, and Bathroom Lighting for 8'-0” Ceilings

15 May, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment


One of the most common things we hear when people see our lighting is that they would need a lot of ceiling height to have most of them in their home.

While this is often the case with many Victorian era fixtures as they were created for 10'-0” ceiling heights, at the start of the 20th Century, many fixtures were created for electricity and lightbulbs.

Ceiling heights were commonly not as high, and fixtures were created to fit in Edwardian, Georgian, Tudor, Arts and Crafts, and Colonial Homes with 8'-0” to 9'-0” heights.

The start of the journey is to know your ceiling height. 8'-0” is commonly accepted as the shortest “normal” ceiling height but measuring is always good idea. We recommend 7'-0” of clearance when walking under a fixture. Areas such as dining rooms, kitchen islands, and vaulted ceilings often have fixtures that can hang lower than this. With 12” or 1'-0” of total height being the goal for an 8'-0” ceiling, below are some options for different spaces.
 Edwardian Brass Pan Lighting FixtureArt Deco Porcelain LightAntique Brass Milk Glass Lighting


Many antique lighting fixtures were created as plain, or embossed plates out of brass that replicated the decorative elaborate ceiling medallions of the previous era. These type of fixtures are fantastic as they give a lot of light with multiple sockets, but also create a visual focal point. Below are examples.
Antique Arts Crafts Flush Mount Lighting Fixture Antique Brass Edwardian Flush Mount LightRestored Antique Close Mount Fixture Nickel

The beauty of our Handcrafted Custom Close Mount Fixtures is the versatility. Below, a three light Lambton fixture in our Brown Patina and Wax could work well in a hallway, while the same Lambton fixture in Bright Nickel could look work in a bathroom in the same home.

Handmade Brown Patina Flush Mount Lighting Handmade Lighting Bright Nickel

Sometimes a Fixture that gives great light, but is a bit smaller is neccessary. A single light close mount fixture can work well in these situations. A small fixture with a beautiful shade can give great light, and work with other lighting in the space.

Antique Hallway Light Etched ShadeHandmade Brass Hallway LightWhite Porcelain Art Deco LightHandmade Brass Light

If you are looking for a light that is unique, fun, and stands out even though your ceiling height is lower, there are many fantastic fixtures that can fit the bill. We are always sourcing these type of fixtures, and below is a small taste of the different fixtures that work well with an 8'-0” ceiling.

Antique Crystal Nickel Hallway LightIndustrial Antique LightCrystal Hallway Light

Many options are available for spaces with lower ceiling heights whether the space is small, or large, simple or decorative.

Below are two sections of our website dedicated to both our custom close mount lighting fixtures that we create, and antique close mounts that have been restored by us. As always keep checking our new additions for our newest items in the new arrivals section of our website.

http://www.tocl.ca/collections/custom-collection-flush-mounts

http://www.tocl.ca/collections/antique-flush-mounts

http://www.tocl.ca/collections/new-arrivals

Do you need a Desk Lamp?

07 April, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment

Desk Lamps are a very special type of lighting.  Desk lamps function and act as task lighting, but they really can pull a space together and create a beautiful focal point.  Desk Lamps often travel with you from home to home, and the right one can last a lifetime.  We currently have many desk lamps in our showroom.  Here is just a small sample;

All of these lamps and more can be seen on our website;

http://www.tocl.ca/collections/antique-table-lamps

Just In!!!.... All Original Art Deco Slipper Shade Fixture by Electrolier

04 April, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment

It's been a while since we've had a slipper shade fixture in the showroom, and what a beauty this one is. 

All original Electrolier Mfg Company of Montreal Six Light Slipper Shade Fixture in excellent condition with the original Dark Brass Finish and Frosted Shades with Orange Accents. 

We are putting this light into the works right away, and can't wait to see the result so stay tuned!

Follow us on twitter!

04 April, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment

Twitter is a new component added to our site to update everyone on recent acquisitions, projects we're working on or cool things we come across! Updated daily.

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