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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Let There Be Light!

I bought a new/old light fixture for the back hall on Oct. 30, it arrived about a week later, and now it's up! That's the fastest turn-around time for a light fixture yet. We usually let them sit around in the front bedroom (also known as The Black Hole) for a year or so before we get around to putting them up. I'm proud of us!

The light fixture, a refurbished and rewired antique brass "early eclectic" has one down-pointing electric light and one up-pointing gas light. Of course, they're both electric now.

The hall is so much brighter now. It even looks a different color.

The previous fixture (one of which is still in place at the other end of the back hall) had yellow glass and hadn't been cleaned in our entire residency, so the hall looked dingy and worn-out.

It's already a rather unattractive space. It was once exterior, and the clapboards - long ago painted beige - are still in place on the wall. Also, there's an unpleasant-but-necessary added-on closet, which houses the water heater and an assortment of tools. The floor is the dreaded brick-print vinyl, which will be banished to the roadside pile one of these days.

This is also the hall where we enter, so there's an umbrella propped against the wall, a file cabinet piled with junk mail, and a wall of hooks for my many purses, jackets, scarves and other accoutrement.

And of course, this is the first place most people see when they enter our house.

Fortunately, the new light makes a world of difference. It turned an unhappy space to one that makes me smile, just like that!

I anticipate a whole other world of difference when we replace the second light, too. Just got to find one to semi-match. And scrape up the bucks to buy it.

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Anonymous said...

Isn't it amazing how a "new" light fixture can make a whole world of difference? It's beautiful. I love those old gas/electric light fixtures...very cool!

12:00 PM  
Jodi said...

That is by far the strangest light fixture I have ever seen. What was the point of the one up and one down?

I love how new light fixtures can so dramatically change a room. We put recessed lighting in our entryway and I love how bright and cheery it looks.

12:39 PM  
Paul said...

It is very cool! I bought a couple of fixtures on eBay several months ago, and my dad rewired one, but, well, neither of them has been installed. I'm casting no stones here!


1:42 PM  
Kristin said...

This type of light fixture is definitely strange; I think that's why I like them so much! Most people who come into our home have never seen anything like it.

According to Rejuvenation Lighting, early light fixtures often had both electric and gas capability because they didn't trust electricity to work and they wanted the reliable gas as back-up.

I bought this one from JF Pegan, though. They have much less selection, but they're cheaper and often have this type. eBay seller jfpegan or www.jfpegan.com.

2:04 PM  
Maggie said...

that's a cool find! i love it.

4:13 PM  
Maggie said...

that's a cool find! i love it.

4:13 PM  
Maggie said...

i don't know why my comment posted twice. blogger is being stupid today.

4:13 PM  

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