Recycled Glass Lighting

Charlie and I headed to Richmond this past weekend with the express mission to buy some lighting fixtures for the master suite hall and bathroom.

The roughed-in lights in the master suite are simple porcelain sockets. YUK!
The roughed-in lights in the master suite are simple porcelain plastic sockets. YUK!

Our first stop was Decorating Outlet which is the discount store connected to the Shades of Light catalog/website. We found one deeply discounted fixture there but realized we’d need to visit the actual Shades of Light showroom not far from where we had stayed the night before.

Shades of Light showroom on Broad Street in Richmond, Virginia.
Shades of Light showroom on Broad Street in Richmond, Virginia.

The first fixture we installed was a flush mount ceiling fixture in the master suite hallway.

The salesperson at wrapped our lighting fixtures so we could take them home with us.
The salesperson at wrapped our lighting fixtures so we could take them home with us.

Charlie and I hung it ourselves by first looking up which wires connect to what. (Ribbed wire connects to the white and the smooth wire connects to the black.)  I ran downstairs to turn off the circuit breaker.

Charlie removed the temporary fixture.
Charlie removed the temporary fixture.
We took apart a fixture the electricians had hung in the conservatory to see exactly what to do--then Charlie screwed the metal plate to the blue electric box.
We took apart a fixture the electricians had hung in the conservatory to see exactly what to do–then Charlie screwed the metal plate to the blue electric box.

After removing the temporary bare light bulb socket we attached the plate of the light to the electric box.

The cover screws on with tiny metal balls -- one of them dropped into no man's land.
The cover screws on with tiny metal balls — one of them dropped into no man’s land.

Charlie matched the correct wires and covered the connection with wire nuts. Then the decorative coverplate was attached to the plate in the blue electric box.

The wires are tucked into the ceiling.
The wires are tucked into the ceiling.

We screwed in a light bulb, turned on the breaker, turned on the switch and it lit up.  Woo-hoo!

The slightly green fixture looks nice on the pale pink ceiling. (Walls are still unpainted.)
The slightly green fixture looks nice on the pale pink ceiling. (Walls are still unpainted.)

We didn’t have enough of a spirit of cooperation to hang the second twin fixture but this one gave me a good idea of how they’ll look.

We will probably replace the bulb with clear flame-shaped bulbs.
We will probably replace the bulb with clear flame-shaped bulbs.

They have a classic shape with a twist of recycled glass. The photo of this recycled bottle glass shade appeared pale aqua in the catalog but in real life it is Coke bottle green.

Do you risk electrocuting yourself to do your own wiring? How about flooding the house to do your own plumbing?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

3 thoughts on “Recycled Glass Lighting”

  1. I had a good laugh at your lack of spirit of cooperation to do the second fixture! You have accomplished so much working together. Hopefully the second one will go up easier. I don’t have that situation – it’s just me, myself and I. All three of us are cowards when it comes to electricity.

    1. There is a polarity test to see if the wires are hooked up correctly which we did not do. Instead Charlie decided to touch the fixture and risk shock to make the test. I was at the ready to call 911. Jo

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