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A Wall Sconce named Audrey

23 July, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

Our handcrafted custom items at Turn of the Century Lighting are exciting, wonderfully designed fixtures that show off our metal working skill and finishing ability. We have created many items over the years from Silver Teapot Chandeliers to overscaled Modern Mica and Brass Fixtures. We enjoy restoring antiques, but we love to design and create.

Our first custom wall sconce was created the mid-1990s. It was called the Audrey, named after a wonderful employee at the shop who worked here in the 1980s and 1990s. This sconce was sold for many years before it was eventually discontinued.

http://www.tocl.ca/products/audrey-candle-single-light

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About a year ago, we rediscovered the beauty of the original Audrey design. Not as ornate or detailed as many of our elaborate fixtures, traditional yet clean and beautifully finished. We decided once again recreate this fixture. In a short time period, our Audrey family of wall sconces has become one of our most popular.
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The Audrey Wall Sconce was created as an affordable, yet beautiful wall sconce. Traditional in nature yet clean enough to work in any interior, this sconce can be custom made in any of our finishes. Complimentary to any existing light fixtures in a home, and a work horse with each socket giving a minimum of 60watts of light.

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With the renewed interest in this sconce, we decided to create two additional sconces. First an Audrey that incorporates a glass shade instead of the candle. This sconce is very versatile, gives great light, and looks as good going up, as it does going down.

http://www.tocl.ca/products/copy-of-elmwood-single-light

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The other sconce we just recently introduced is a double light version of the Audrey. With two sockets instead of one it gives up to 120watts of light, and only a 4-1/2” projection. This makes it ideal in dark, narrow hallways, or any room requiring good light.

http://www.tocl.ca/products/copy-of-audrey-candle-single-light

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All three of these Audrey Sconces are available in all of our custom finishes, and in any quantity.

http://www.tocl.ca/search?q=audrey

Currently we are once again looking into the past for more inspiration with new designs in the fall. Keep checking our website for new additions!

Future Antiques: Lighting Made Here

19 May, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

We believe in quality.

  

Both past and present.

 

That's why we make our own lighting. Or at least one of the many reasons.

 

When picking or restoring old lighting, you always get a sense of the quality paid to the design and manufacture of them. From the smallest embossing to the tiny floral buttons used on the thumbscrews, the level of detail is unmatched. Unfortunately, many of the old lights existing today have been filtered through time and often stand as singular examples where hundreds were once made. Although it would be nice to have a time machine and raid lighting warehouses of the past but we have to be realistic and get our head out of the DeLorean.

 

So that's another reason we make our own lighting.


And selection, don't forget that too.

 

With 12 unique brass finishes available, finishes on our lights can be mixed and matched and each fixture has 12 distinct possibilities as well as available quantities. Our custom selection of ceiling lighting and pendant lighting tops over 150 and our wall sconce selection is at 180. That's a lot of selection and unique designs that can be modified to suit your space.

 

Lastly, there is nothing like making something in the same way it was made 100 years ago. I know it echoes back to quality, but there is a pride in making an antique of the future in the style of today. We're one of the last Canadian manufacturers of fine quality brass lighting and having personally made a number of our lights as well as commissioned lighting for clients, there is no better feeling than seeing your work being loved in someones home. It's doesn't top new papa pride but is pretty darn satisfying in itself.

 

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.
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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Custom Lampshades from Turn of the Century Lighting

08 May, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

We have all had a lamp that we know would look great if only it had the right shade. It seems simple, but it can be difficult to find the right size in the right material. The perfect lampshade can make a lamp. A poorly sized lampshade can make it look like an after thought though.


Custom Lampshades from Turn of the Century LightingAt Turn of the Century Lighting we have over 100 different materials, and can create traditional slanted, drum, and more exotic shade shades such as oval, pyramid, and mid century double shades. 

 

The most important part of the process that helps us to design the perfect shade, is bringing in your table or floor lamp. Whether your lamp is modern or antique, it’s very difficult to size a lampshade without the lamp present. Lampshade sizing is similar to sizing up clothing without a person being there.

It’s easy for a shade to look too big or too small if the sizing is off by even an inch or two.  Having the lamp present will allow us to see how a shade will attach to the lamp, so the correct type of fitting can be chosen.

We will experiment with different shapes of the same size as well, as some lamps can look good with several different shapes. It’s incredible how trying a few different options can lead you to a size and shape that isn't what you thought would look the best.

 

Table Lamp Floor Lamp and Chandelier Lighting MaterialsOnce we have a shape, we get to choose from our extensive collection of materials, including parchment papers, linens on styrene, kraft papers, and a full range of paint colours from Benjamin Moore.  The options in creating a shade with unique contrasting, or complimentary borders and colour options is endless. 

 

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We create shades as small as clip on shade size which is great for chandeliers and wall sconces to compliment and update a classic style, or provide a more diffused light than a bare bulb can provide.  For these types of shades, sizing is standard and we do not need the sconce or chandelier brought in, but a photo always helps for style and material considerations. 

We create many larger shades for floor lamps too, and all sizes inbetween.  

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We look forward to seeing you, and your lamp in the shop.

 

 

 

  P.S.  If your lamp needs to be rewired, we happily provide that service as well.  This can be done as the shades are being created, so your lamps are ready to use right away!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage Electric & Custom Creations

12 April, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment

 

We love antiques and we love making antique style lighting. But what about modern antiques? One offs that are artistic and created with over 200 years of design history and over 50 years experience in making lighting. That's where our Vintage Electric & Custom Creations come in. Chandeliers, wall sconces, table lamps and pendant lights which are one of a kind pieces designed and crafted in our workshop.

 

No two are a like..........unless you want many and all are unique and unlike anything out there. Our workshop is one of the best in Toronto and we can make things others can't. From what we have in here to custom creations with your ideas, we can do it all.

 

This section is only going to grow as we keep adding new, interesting and unusual fixtures.

 

http://www.tocl.ca/collections/custom-creations