Let There Be Light

The electric service is finally in.  It’s been a bit of an ordeal just getting everything in order but it is done.  I’ve started rewiring some vintage fixtures that we’ve picked up over the years.  I’m damned happy that I held on to some of these things.  Although there have been some headaches getting all the pieces and parts to work together with new in-body switches and lack of a means to mount some of them other than screwing them to the ceiling.

The center bay lights I was lucky to find on a close out site.  They were $4.99 plus $9.99 shipping.  $15 bucks per fixture still ain’t too shabby.  The fixture is similar to the old porcelain canopies but they are just painted.  They had a polished steel accent ring near the base of the canopy that I took off.  They should make a nifty bangle for some amazon women.

It’s so good to be able to get the cords up off the ground and stow them away.



  1. Ed said,

    March 11, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Last fall, I put up a small passel of those 4 ft long flourescent fixtures in my garage to improve the lighting over the single bulb that had been in there previously. While I successfully improved the lighting, I did a number on the electrical interference out there. I can’t even use a radio anymore. Now I wish I had gone your route with the single fixtures and used CFL’s which aren’t nearly as bad.

  2. Woody said,

    March 12, 2013 at 4:02 AM

    I’m not a fan of the fluorescent fixtures either. I literally have two large boxes remaining of old fixtures that I’ve picked up over the years. I would imagine that after I let friends pick what they want the leftovers will become sale fodder.

  3. warren said,

    March 17, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Good job on the rewiring…I love interesting lights and anything cast iron…I am looking for old iron anything to see what I can do to clean it up and fix it. Anyhow, your lights look great!

    • Woody said,

      March 18, 2013 at 3:54 AM

      Now you have the sandblaster to achieve your mad goal of rust and paint removal from all things iron. Blast on Warren, blast on.

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