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Electrical Tip of the Day: Light Fixture Restoration 101

We deal with a lot of historic properties, both on the commercial and residential sides of the business.  On thing that comes up on a regular basis is the question of what to do with those original fixtures when doing updates and remodeling.  In many cases it may be in the best interest of the project to rewire and restore these old fixtures rather then replace them.  Here are a few things for you to consider while making those decisions:

1)  Many historic fixtures can be rewired and grounded to be made as safe as any new fixture you might purchase.  We typically can replace all the wring and lamp sockets in most of these fixtures without changing their appearance.

2)  Replacement reproduction parts, missing glass and “finals”, new shades and trims, and decorative chain can all be fabricated or bought now for these projects.  We even have suppliers who can match and remake the old “slumped” glass panels and faceted hanging “jewels” for fixtures.  We can even costume cut and replace stained glass panels!

3)  To maintain that vintage look we can get new UL listed lamp cord that still has the old tweed cloth covered outer casing – we can even get vintage reproduction cord ends and switches.

4)  On the commercial side of things we can re-build old florescent fixtures / outdoor lanterns / signage lighting / goose necks / and old shop fixtures, using  modern parts and materials to make the efficient and safe.  We can even convert old gas fixtures to electric or refurbish old gas fixtures to be actual working gas lights again!

5)  We typically recommend that the original finish, know as the patina, be left undisturbed on a fixture – particularly if it is of historic value.  However – if we need to take it back down to metal, get it bead blasted and structurally repaired, then stat from scratch with a new powder coat or plating we can do that as well.

Here are some pictures of some fixture projects we have had in the shop – lets us know if there is anything we can help you with!

german light re-fit

peoples brew fixture

new lamp socket - bocker fixturebocker fixture re-wiregas light re-fit

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