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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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?