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(left) Restored Spanish Revival sconce from Lincoln Manufacturing, circa 1925. (right) The palm trees say Southern California, but this chandelier came from the Midwest. (Courtesy Michael Good)


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fixtures (the advantage here is that they will be in near-perfect shape). Architectural Salvage (2401 Kettner Blvd., (619) 696- 1313) is on the other end of the spectrum; what you’ll find there usually needs work.


In Los Angeles, Pasadena


Architectural Salvage has a bigger selection. Its website (pasadenaarchitecturalsalvage. com) is also an excellent place to compare prices and learn about architectural styles. Revival Antiques, also in Pasadena, has higher-end lighting, in restored condition. Its site (revivalan- tiques.com) also provides a good overview of styles and prices. Online, Rejuvenation (rejuvena- tion.com) sells reconditioned lights and lamps. You’ll also find light bulbs for vintage lamps, which are hard to find at the grocery store. Online auction sites, like Ebay offer a wide selection, although condition is always hard to assess—inevita- bly, the one side of the fixture that doesn’t appear in the five photographs will be the side with the scratch on it. Finally, reproduction lighting


from Rejuvenation is worth con- sidering. You can be sure that the lights work, are in great shape, and use energy-efficient bulbs. The Rejuvenation catalogue also provides an education on lighting styles, and the people who create it (and provide service over the phone) have a real passion for restoration, lighting and the high- quality stuff they make. In days gone by, a light


fixture used five bulbs to il- luminate a library table. Today


that doesn’t make sense. Nor does the cotton-wrapped copper wire (prone to breaking down and creating fires) that we once relied on. But with a little research and a spirit of restora- tion we can marry old-world ambience with modern ef- ficiency and economy and add a nostalgic note to our homes’ lighting.u


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