Hundreds–nay, thousands–of lighting sins are committed everyday all around the world. There are boob lights, too-plentiful potlights, green glowing fluourescent lights, tragic ceiling fans… several of which we have in our own house.
And then there’s this. The original chandelier in our dining room.
At first glance, it may not seem overly offensive. However, let me enumerate its sins:
- The finish was brushed, which is my least favourite metal finish ever.
- Only one out of its three bulbs was working (okay, this is more our fault than the light fixture’s).
- Its design (is this 1990s?) was not at all a fit for our country setting.
You all know I’ve been trying to make this house look a little more farmy. So I’ve been casually on the hunt for a new light fixture.
As usual, it had to fall below my $100 threshold (applies to both light fixtures and chairs–yes, I’m that cheap), and it had to be a bit farmy.
I struck gold (or rather black) at Rona one evening. The chandelier was light and open. It was large enough to work in the vaulted ceiling in our good size dining room. It was slightly industrial, slightly rustic.
And it was on sale. Serious sale. As in it was the last one in the store and it had to be sold. As in it was finally in my price range. Merry Christmas to me!
The staff member in the lighting department took it out of the display–and took out the expensive Edison bulbs it had been styled with. I bought cheap chandelier bulbs and carted everything home.
After finally installing it, I could not be happier. It’s a perfect fit for our dining room and our country setting.
No more lighting penance for me.
What’s the biggest lighting sin in your opinion? Are you committing any lighting sins at your house? What’s the best deal you’ve ever found on a light fixture?