Lighting Fixtures Brighten Up Your Home

by J on December 30, 2010

Do the light fixtures hanging in your kitchen walk right off the pages of a 1980s magazine? Are your outdoor lights a far cry from functional and fashionable? If so, maybe it’s time you updated them. It’s easy to ignore lights; we rarely think about them until a bulb burns out and needs to be replaced. However, you’ll be surprised at how an updated light can upgrade the look of your whole kitchen or increase the curb appeal of your home.

The following fixtures are home improvements that will not only brighten up your home, but will also do it with style.

Hood Hanging Fixture


If you like the look of yesteryear but with a modern, stylish twist, you’ll love the pendant-style Hood Hanging Fixture by Rejuvenation. The Hood is based on several fixtures made between 1910 and 1920 by F. W. Wakefield Brass Company of Vermilion, Ohio. Its clean, classic style is at home in any type of kitchen. Available in three globe sizes of 12 inches, 14 inches or 18 inches, the light is 48 inches in length with on old brass finish and clear shade.


Another stylish choice made by Rejuvenation is the Bullfinch. This light takes its inspiration from the 1895-1905 industrial era. This type of light was once in America’s thrumming factories. Originally manufactured as gas lights, Rejuvenation’s line has been modernized for electricity. They still, however, retain the same asymmetrical shape that characterized the gas fixtures.


The Bullfinch is made of solid brass; it’s clamp-on wire cage is an optional accessory, and it comes in graphite finish only, to fully emulate the industrial look. The glass globe can be purchased in either a clear or an etched finish. The clear helps to maximize the light and works well with a carbon filament bulb, while the etched diffuses the light and can be used with a shrouding incandescent or compact fluorescent bulb.

The Bullfinch can be used inside, but it’s also damp-rated and can be used for outdoor use in protected locations. A local handyman can easily handle the electrical installation for you.

Franceasi Led Lantern

A true outdoor fixture, the Franceasi Led Lantern by Kichler blends old-world charm with modern ingenuity. It’s a cast aluminum fixture with a filigree pattern and a bronze finish that would be perfect in your outdoor living room or patio. The modern twist is that it’s fitted with a 40- or 60-watt-equivalent LED that can last up to 15 years before it needs replacing.

Any of these choices would make a stylish home improvement to your home, melding the charm of yesterday with the modern conveniences of today.

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