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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)


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- also provides a good overview of styles and prices. Online, Rejuvenation (rejuvena- 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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