Lighting News

LED filaments bulbs: The future of decorative home lighting

09 June, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

The increasing ban on 60 and 100 watt incandescent bulbs has shaken up the lighting industry in a big way. Although they can still be found in big box stores, those bulbs won't be around for long and the replacements have been........let's just say........awful.

 

Till now.

 

2015 has seen the dramatic rise of LED filament bulbs reflecting a huge breakthrough in light bulb technology. When you think LED bulb, you think clunky bulbs with white/blue light that sometimes dim and cost a fortune.

 

Not in this case.

 

The LED filament bulb combines the the traditional aesthetics, light quality and dimming capabilities of an incandescent light bulb with modern LED technology. Instead of having a bulky aluminum heat sink, the diodes are spread out similar to filaments in a regular light bulb. This disperses the heat so that it's not centralized in one area and there is no need for a heat sink. The light quality is outstanding at 2200K and 2700K and they are available in both a “vintage style” for Edison bulbs lovers and a regular A19 style.

 

Here's the best part though.

 

The energy consumption........or lack there off.

 

A 7 Watt LED is the equivalent of a 60 Watt incandescent bulb.

 

led filament bulb torontoThat's over 8 times the energy savings! Coupled with the fact that it lasts for 30000 hours (average) compared to 3000 hours, its lifespan is really measured in years....not hours.We're early adapters of these bulbs as we believe in them.

With massive energy savings, recyclable materials and a long lifespan, their impact on the environment and your utilities budget is too good to pass up.

The starting cost on them is very reasonable all things considered. They do not compare with the $1.99 hardware store special bulbs but at $25 per bulb, the upfront cost is worth it for huge long term savings. All of our bulbs are cUL approved and available in various wattage and styles.

 

Whether you look to upgrade now or late, the future is inevitable and these bulbs are a huge part of it.

 

Check out what we have on display and available in our showroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exciting New Mid Century Modern Designs

05 June, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

Nothing is more exciting than designing new items. At Turn of the Century Lighting, many of our designs have been inspired by traditional fixtures from the Victorian, Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts, Industrial, Edwardian and Art Deco eras to name a few. Our finishing and quality craftsmanship has made these designs come alive.

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With renewed interest in the shapes, styles and colours of Mid Century Modern Design, we have begun to explore new designs, and restorations on great pieces from this era. All of these lighting fixtures are designed and handcrafted by us.  Below are a peak of some of our great new items!

satin nickel midcentury chandelier

 This incredible double "C" pendant light was inspired by offset Mid Century fixtures that played with form to create interesting geometric shapes.  The initial design concept was based off of a more simple midcentury pendant that was hanging in our stock area for many years, that we loved, but was beyond restoration.  Handcrafted and finished in Satin Nickel.

 Many people have 8'-0" ceiling heights, especially in midcentury, and modern spaces, and these fun close mount fixtures are a great way to get beautiful light with the clean organza material, and the playfulness of many of the tiered double shades at the time.  We are looking forward to creating these with additional colours and materials!

brass organza lampshade closemount light

black organza modern lampshade light

This fixture waMidCentury Atomic Sputnik Lights created specifically for the Marilyn Dennis Show in Toronto and was inspired by many of the Mid Century sputnik designs created by companies such as Lightolier in the 1950s and 1960s.  For this particular fixture, we finished it in a golden brass finish to replicate a popular finish at the time.  We have created this fixture in many different configurations, finishes, and lengths since our first one, but the result is always spectacular.

 

 

Atomic Magestic Table Lamp As a sneak peak.... One of the fantastic designs we are currently working on is inspired by many of the amazing designs created by the Mid Century Majestic Lighting company with their wonderful forms, and fun materials.  The designs have our own trademark touch, and modern interpretation, but we couldn't be any more excited.  StayTuned!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What's the right length for a ceiling light?

02 June, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

Choosing a chandelier or ceiling is a decision you only make a handful of times in your life so it's important that you get it right. Once you settle on style and scale, the next big decision is height.

 

How high off the table should my chandelier hang?

 

How low should my light hang?

 

Whats the right height for a dining room?

 

Everyone has different ceiling heights so there is no “standard” length for a fixture. Instead there are useful guidelines that will help you make an educated decision.

 

First things first.

 

Take your measurements.

 

Measure floor to ceiling to establish an overall height and write it down. Then measure you table, top to bottom. These two measurements are going to help establish the height you need to hang your chandelier. It's recommended that you hang your fixture 32-34” off the table. This allows you to see across the table while providing ample room light and a good look.

 

The formula to establish the right height is this:

 

Ceiling Height – Table Height – Off the Table Height = Chandelier Length

 

If your ceiling height is 9' ( 108”), your table is 30” and you want to hang it 32” off the table here's what it will look like

 

108”(ceiling height)- 30” (table height)- 32”(OTH) = 46” Total Length

 

1920s 4 light pan over a dining table

 

 

Hallway and Room

 

7' of clearance is the recommended clearance height with any hallway or ceiling light as you never know when your going to be hosting a cocktail party for retired NBA players. Kidding. Well about the cocktail party anyways. Seriously, 7' is the recommended clearance for the sole reason that it doesn't interfere with doorways and looks good in proportion to 9'-10' ceilings. If you have 8' ceilings, you can cheat it a bit by having 6'10” of clearance or a bit lower if there is no door or lumbering giants nearby.

Lantern hangs just above the door frame

 

With bedrooms or living rooms, you may find you have more play with the length if the light is anchored over a bed, sofa or there is no walk through traffic underneath. A couple of inches can make a big difference when it comes to more decorative lighting where form is just as valuable as function.

 

Kitchen Island and Pendant Lighting

 

Getting the right height for pendant lighting over an island is essential as it serves both form and function. Too low and your staring into them while trying to have a conversation. Too high and they are spotlights interrogating you and your meal choices.

 

We like to use 36” off the counter as the recommended island height as the pendants sit just above eye level and provide great light without seeing the light bulbs. There is always a 2-4” variance in the measurement depending on the light you choose but 36” is the benchmark. Much like the dining room light, you can use the following formula.

 

Ceiling Height – Kitchen Island Height – Off the Island Height = Pendant Length

 

Most islands are approximately 36” tall but its best to take your measurements so that everything is exact.

Pendants 36" off the counter top

 

Unlike “out of the box” lighting shops, all of our lighting can be altered and adjusted to suit your space. Whether its lengthening or shortening a dining room light, flush mounting a fixture for a hall or making pendant lighting over an island........we believe in getting it right so it looks perfect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shipping and Packing at Turn of the Century Lighting

29 May, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

In the age of the widespread information technology, and social media, businesses often have a far greater geographical reach than ever before.

At Turn of the Century Lighting, we have had a strong online presence over the last 15 years. This has been built upon our knowledge and skill from our first day in 1976 until today. In this time we have shipped thousands of antique, and handmade lighting fixtures including chandeliers, wall sconces, and table lamps.
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 We have a wealth of experience in creating the necessary documentation for these shipments. We care all of the paperwork, whether it is a shipment within Canada, or to the USA. From small packages to large skidded shipments for entire homes, we make the process easy. 

 

We like to make clients feel like they’ve been to the store even if they are hundreds of miles away. We aim to provide a the same level of customer service as anyone who visits the lighting showroom in downtown Toronto. This can include sending additional detail shots of fixtures of interest, to corrrestored art nouveau gas electric wall sconceespondence for larger scale projects with many lighting fixtures. It’s our pleasure to look at your photos, and provide suggestions, and advice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The best part of the experience is installing the lights. It’s incredible how often we hear from customers that the light is more beautiful in person than in a photo. That’s the magic of restored antique lighting. We love seeing our lighting in place, and truly appreciate when our customers from far away share their photos of our lights installed.

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R.F. Wilton Electric Co 1929: Bit of Toronto's Lighting History

26 May, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

Featured in this post is the 1929 R.F.Wilton Electric Co. Catalogue from Toronto, Ontario. Located at 124-128 Richmond Street West in what is now an awe inspiring parking bay for the Sheraton Hotel, the R.F. Wilton Company was a prominent retailer and distributor of electric lighting in Toronto. They occupied 3 addresses of prime retail space in Toronto’s downtown core and directly competed with large companies such as Simpson’s and Eaton’s located a bit further east along Yonge St.

 

Wilton offered a wide variety of lighting as seen in the 1920s pan lights, Tudor revival lighting and modern Art Deco designs. Strictly a retailer, they would have ordered their lighting from factories in Canada and the US to sell locally. We’ve seen many of the same fixtures from other company catalogues as wide spread as Philadelphia to Los Angeles. Inside the catalogue is an order form as well which would allow consumers to select the finish, quantity and length of the fixture they desired. With prices ranging from $3.00 for a hallway fixture to $15.00 dollars for a dining room fixture, the lighting carried appealed to a mass market and middle class. We make joke about the prices then, but $15.00 was the equivalent of $300 now.

 

Over the years many of these lights from the R.F.Wilton Co come into our showroom from old homes all around the city. They’re usually covered in white house paint or worse, and are in definite need of a refresh. We love working on them as they provide instant links to a homes past and homeowners are really pleased to see what would have been in the house in 1929.

 

In my mind, the most interesting part of this catalogue is not necessarily the lighting inside but the link to Toronto’s past. The catalogue was printed in 1929; the tail end of the roaring twenties and the birth of the great depression. Electric lighting was a huge technological innovation that everyone scrambled to acquire and the twenties were the true age of electricity and innovation. From lighting fixtures to light sockets, its fascinating to see what was modern at the time and the selecting of lighting people had before them. When I’m walking around the city and see a nice cast iron porch light that’s been there for 90 years, it doesn’t look tired or dated. Instead it looks proud and stoic. A small but illuminated link to both the home and Toronto’s past.

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.

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

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. 

 

Custom Handmade Lampshades

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.  

custom wall sconce lighting traditional clip on shade

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrating 40 years of being green......

05 May, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

 

 

Restored antique and vintage lighting is recycling in its purest form. In the age of disposable DIY furniture, lighting and home decor, most things are not made to last. Heirloom quality lighting does not originate from China in 2015 but instead from Europe or North America in 1915.

 

We've always prided ourselves on our commitment to the environment by reusing, re adapting and restoring lighting from a bygone era. Saved from the trash heap, we've preserved some outstanding fixtures and given them a new home for another 100 years.

 

When they come into us they are in various states of disrepair and require TLC specific to each one. Nothing goes to waste in the process as all old wire is scrapped and recycled, vintage sockets saved for historic purposes and broken parts are repaired by our restoration team. In many cases, original finishes are maintained by cleaning them with soap and water and preserved with an eco friendly water based lacquer. When a light is in need of a major overhaul and covered in too many layers of pink house paint, we bring it back to the base metal using non toxic methods. From there a hand applied patina or brass based finish is matched to the fixture and preserved with either wax or water based lacquer.

 

The cool thing with all old lighting and new lighting that we make here is that they are made of 100% recyclable materials. Brass, copper, steel, cast iron and aluminum are valuable commodities on the scrap market with many of the parts having even more value for future restorations. In our workshop in an extensive collection of old parts reserved for stock and client restorations. That's one of the many reasons that makes us the go-to vintage and antique lighting company.

 

One of the most common questions we hear is if we buy back custom lighting we sold years ago.

 

The short answer is no.

 

Not because we don't want to give it a good home or because it's not valuable any more. It's just that we are still making the same lighting models and are not equipped to buy more of it back.

 

But we will recycle it for you.

 

If you have a custom wall sconce, chandelier or lamp that was made by us, and have no further use for it we would be more than happy to break it down, take it to the scrap yard and save it from the land fill.

 

That's just one of commitments we have to the environment and our clientele.

 

 

Guide to Period Home Lighting

30 April, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

Flexible Guide to Historic & Period Lighting

art deco lightingThere are so many styles, influences and histories involved in old houses that the process of choosing a light can be overwhelming. To top it off, when you mix your personal tastes the process of choosing a light can come grinding to a halt because people are afraid of mixing what they like with what they live in.

My best piece of advice to every client is to choose something that they like. It’s their house and they have to enjoy every thing in it as much as possible. I used to be a real historical purist when it came to homes and would mainly guide clients to period fixtures for their period homes. Some would be really interested and jump at the chance to own something of the era while others leaned towards more modern fixtures 60 years newer than their 1870’s Victorian house. Although it may seem odd to put an Art Deco light into a Victorian home, its actually not.

 In fact, it’s very historically accurate.

As I mentioned before, old homes have had a variety of histories. From the people who lived there to both the major and minor changes that have been made to the structure over the years. Tastes and interiors changed and so to did technology. Electric lighting brought about new styles and designs and homes that were converted from gas to electricity often had the newest lights to reflect those styles. We’ve often seen original houses from the turn of the century fitted with all Art Deco lighting because those were the first electric lights ever installed in the house. The same goes with cast arm fixtures or just about any other electric fixture available.

When doing homes that were originally electric, the style is not quite as diverse as there were certain fixtures made for certain styles of homes. In Toronto, we have a plethora of Tudor revival homes, which was the style of choice for many of the 1920s “suburbs” now within the heart of the city. The Tudor and gothic style can seem very heavy and castle like which is appealing to some and oppressive to others. For clients that want more of an updated look with a period feel, we recommend using lighter finishes on the lighting. In some cases we’ll restore their period lighting that came with the home while in others we’ll select antiques and reproductions from our showroom. Finishes like satin nickel, burnished and highlighted brass and antique brass have a rich but lighter appearance that compliment more contemporary designs while also having a period feel.

 Also with older historic homes, what you see is not necessarily what you get. Many have been gutted or drastically transformed over the years with only remnants of their formers selves. Purists will bemoan this fact and often try and bring the home back to what it once was. For this you have my full respect and support as you are doing a huge service to the house. But for those that like the way it is, there are a lot of possibilities inherent on the walls and ceilings. Because you have a blank canvas, treat each light like a piece of art curated in a gallery. You can chose from different, styles and finishes and the only limitations are your budget and imagination.

To learn more about various historic styles, make sure to visit our lighting style guide.

Also, if you have any specific questions regarding your house or a certain style, do not hesitate to email me.

 

Guide to Buying Antique Lighting

buying antique lightingAntiques carry presence, history and craftsman ship that is rarely seen today. They are treasures to be loved, cherished and hunted for and one can’t help be amazed at the uniqueness of their design. There is a reason that people are drawn to antiques and that reason goes beyond the fact that they are old or potentially valuable. Instead the reason can be traced to what they are, how they have survived after all of these years and the personal meaning they may carry towards owners or prospective buyers.

Then there’s the hunt.

Any well seasoned antique hunter or new person to the market knows how much fun it is to hunt and find the right thing they were after. It’s not just buying something….its finding something. Something unique and wonderful that no body gets to own but them.

But for every treasure out there, there are at least ten wrecks out there that should be avoided.

From antique furniture to lighting, there’s a 50/50 chance that is has been altered, repaired or fiddled with in some way. Professional jobs are hard to spot and for good reason. Good repairs or alterations do not necessarily alter the value of the piece so much as just protect what is there for a hundred more years of enjoyment. Of course this depends on what it is and certain items carry higher values in their original state whether they are damaged or not.

Bad repairs though……they can be more hassle then they are worth. In my lifetime’s worth of experience in dealing with antiques, I have seen just about everything. From painted chewing gum to patch up holes to “rewired” lights done with speaker wire. I am amazed and confounded at the cheapo lengths DIY’rs will go to. What’s made even worse is when dealers know that there have been massive alterations or poor repairs and try to sell them as originals or fully “restored” pieces.

Like any resourceful company, we do look around to see what our competitors carry. There’s a lot of good out there but there’s also a lot of bad. One such company (that shall remain nameless) has a very extensive selection online, but a selection that is always on sale. When I look at what they have and what they profess them to be, I can’t believe they can charge what they do for essentially lying to people. At one point I saw a very nice set of early art deco slipper shade wall sconces on their site Unfortunately they were missing all of their glass (the most valuable part) and the glass was replaced by metal parts for the ceiling cap of an earlier lamp. A lamp made 20 years earlier I might add. And they were charging a higher retail price that we would ask in our showroom fully restored!

When I emailed the company about the sconces, they assured me they were all original and would never alter an antique the way I was suggesting.

It was outrageous to see and even more so to be lied to.

And I’m sure they do it every day.

Antique dealers and companies that restore antiques sometimes have a bad reputation as sharks or shysters and its because of companies like the ones above. Which is why I’m trying to right the wrongs.

When you are looking at antique lighting, there are things to be mindful of other than style, size or budget. Here are a few:

Electrical Safety

Antique lighting was either, gas, electric or both. Unless it’s a signed L.C.T Tiffany or Handel lamp, the original wiring and sockets ad no value to the lamp and actually act as a liability. All vintage and restored lighting should be rewired with new sockets and either CSA or UL approved for installation. By law through the Electrical Standards Act, all lighting has to be certified for installation. All to often, antique dealers and “restoration” companies will replace the lead wires but not the sockets as seen the photo on the left. This is not safe and not reflective of a quality restoration. Only porcelain sockets should be used for down bulb lights as seen on one of our restored fixtures on the right.

Repairs and Adaptations

As I mentioned before, there are some terrible repairs have been conducted on antique lighting with the goal of getting the job done as opposed to getting it done right. The fixture on the right is a fantastic C 1880 aesthetic movement gas light. It came into us with a couple of the arms drilled out when it was originally electrified in the 1900s. Not only did the person drill right through the arms to get the wire through but they also ripped off the gas key so no one would turn it and pinch the wire. This was an incredibly poor job that resulted in us doing a full restoration of the arm and a recast of the gas key. It looks as original as the day it was made but took us a long time to correct other peoples problems. When looking at antique lighting, its important to notice poor repairs and use those as red flags that the light isn’t what it seems. Fixing those bad repairs can often cost more than what you paid for the light which is why its important that its done right. Saves you time, money and provides piece of mind which will allow you to truly enjoy the light.

Finish and Overall Condition

Original finishes are the most sought after for certain collectors and there is a reason why. Its partially reflected in the overall value but more importantly, its something that has lasted all of these years which is a rarity with antique lighting. But original finishes are fragile things and often don’t last the test of time. All too often people with re-polish antique lighting to get the bright shiny brass effect but fail to lacquer or treat it in any way. As a result, the fixture tarnishes and needs constant maintenance as seen with the fixture on the left which has tarnished to a dull brass. To make matters worse on the fixture, the person who “restored” it failed to remove any of the dents in the center body and actually left wire sticking out of the arms. The fixture was actually “live” on the ceiling which was a major fire hazard.

With finish, its important to choose something you like and a finish that will last. All of our finishes are period style finishes fashioned after original ones form the 1880s onwards. They are all treated with lacquer or wax and are suitable for interior and exterior use where specified.

industrial pendant from a factory in detroitAlthough a lot of this may seem overwhelming, its actually not. I explain it to clients everyday and that’s what make us and our lighting different from our competitors. Although we may not divulge how we restore everything we always make sure to both show and tell people that it’s done right. That’s why we’ve been in business for over 30 years restoring lighting, have CSA approval on our lighting and why we offer a warranty on all of our antique lighting.

 We stand behind everything that we do because like the antiques we love to find and restore, we want them to carry on for another 100 years of enjoyment.