Lighting

Grain Pendant

At first glance, this Grain Pendant looks like it has a simple aluminum shade. However, take a closer look and you’ll see that the shade is formed over a wooden mold that has been sandblasted, and, during the shade’s metal spinning process, the patterns of the wood grain are impressed on the shade’s underside. Read more about the Grain Pendant’s case study over at Brendan Ravenhill’s site.
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Price: $380.00
Available from: Brendan Ravenhill

Tallow Candles

Ambiance. Say it with me, A-M-b-i-a-n-c-e. That’s what a lot of interiors lack due to bad overhead lighting. Now, if you’ve got the money, hire a professional and get your home’s lighting fixed as soon as possible, as fame and fortune is sure to follow once your guests see your face under flattering light. If you don’t have the money, the simple solution is to buy a few candles and light ‘em up. For extra design credit, these Tallow Candles will softly illuminate whilst also referencing a little old-world elegance, giving your table more refinement than cheap(er) candlesticks.
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Price: $35.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Punk Pendant

Any guesses as to what mystery material this pendant’s shade is made of? Here’s a hint: there’s a variety of copper alloys involved, and the item is originally intended to give off a specific sound. Drum roll….. it’s a cymbal! A vintage 10″ cymbal, in fact. Pretty smart use for a cast-off, so if you run across any on your next thrift store trips, you know what to do. From Workerman.
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Price: $125.00
Available from: Workerman

Swing Arm Wall Sconce

If you need/want an inexpensive, simple wall sconce, get a load of this matte black steel light designed by Lime Studio (and available from CB2). Not bad, eh? A swivel arm gets light right where you want, making it perfect for a bedside reading companion. And, if you have some time, take a look at Lime Studio’s other products- they show a lot of promise, especially if other items will lean towards an affordable price point like this lamp.
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Price: $79.95
Available from: CB2

You Make It: Lindsey Adelman Chandelier

How cool does this chandelier look? Pretty cool, right? Now, what if I told you I made this guy with my own two hands? Yep, I finally got around to making a DIY Lindsey Adelman Chandelier. And, yes, it was difficult at times- more than a few swear words were released into the ether- but so well worth it. Details below.
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Price: $140.00
Available from: Grand Brass Lamp Parts

EcoSmart Dimmable LED Downlight

Before the holiday break, my home’s recessed can lights looked like a sad sack of characters past their prime: their springs that had lost their ‘spring’ and the plastic trim had yellowed, giving the appearance that the lights were much older than their dozen years. My home is pretty modern- it’s a very open plan, loft-like townhome- and the lights just weren’t cutting it. Plus, we (my husband and I) wanted to upgrade to LEDs, so we bit the bullet and decided to purchase new lights.
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Price: $24.97
Available from: Home Depot

Hangman Task Lamp

When a modern lamp has a USB port and costs $150, it’s worth a look. Designed by Studio 1A.M and sold by CB2, this little task light has an inset panel of LEDs for a warm glow and a red woven cord and switch for a primary pop of contrast.
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Price: $149.00
Available from: CB2

Spin Candelabra

Hey Santa, if you’re going to blow your budget on my Christmas present, please make it this Spin Candelabra by Tom Dixon. It’s one heck of a centerpiece, and pretty much takes the place of a low light or chandelier above a larger table. The candelabra’s arms spin 360 degrees to give a variety of configurations, and, as it’s made from cast iron, it will last forever.
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Price: $675.00
Available from: YLighting

Goldee Light Controller

Want a home of the future? Well, you’ve updated your thermostat, maybe even your smoke alarm, so why not your lights? Goldee is a smart light switch that allows you to control your lights with a wave of your hand, or just set it up to take care of them for you automatically. Goldee can begin your day by turning on your lights softly and turning them off when you leave. Set a sleep timer, and your lights will gradually fade to dark. And, yes, you can also control your lights with a smartphone.

Available for preorder now, with plans to ship next summer. Keep in mind that you’ll need to update your bulbs to Smart LED bulbs, and you’ll need one Goldee Controller per room (not per switch), so it can get pretty expensive if you plan to automate several rooms.
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Price: $249.00
Available from: GOLDEE

Lichtbloem DIY Light

A small, LED light that you put together yourself is just what you need to bolster your construction confidence. A ping pong ball, optical fibers, a battery, and clothespin all come in this Lichtbloem DIY kit, and after a few minutes of assembly, this little light of yours will shine for all to see. Should you feel the need to brag about making it yourself, do limit your chest puffing to those who aren’t particularly handy, as it’s really easy to assemble.
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Price: $27.50
Available from: coens

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Theorem Desk Lamp

Inspired by the hypotenuse of a right triangle, this smaller LED lamp will tuck in nicely amongst your other desk items. You do remember what a hypotenuse is, right? The Theorem Desk Lamp from DAMM is made from hand turned solid Ash base, cerused (I had to look up what that meant), with a natural beeswax finish. And, if you’d like an alternate color scheme, here you go: Theorem – Black.
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Price: $275.00
Available from: DAMM

Night Light Galaxy

Sorry, I can’t help but share certain space imagery applied to ordinary household goods. You’ve seen the Night Light Moon, Earth, but this one has a portion of the Galaxy on its translucent disc, and it’s only $6! Calm down, there’s enough for everyone. For the bathroom, hallway, bedroom, etc. (I swear my home would look like a crazy Cosmologist’s if I didn’t have a little bit of restraint.)

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Price: $6.00
Available from: Kikkerland

Piani Table Lamp

Perhaps with your keen design eye you’ve guessed that the Bouroullec brothers have something to do with this cute little lamp; you’d be right, of course. With rather petite dimensions and a lower base tray- perfect for those little things like keys and coins- this lamp would do well in an entrance hall or small desk area. And, for what it’s worth, I ended up purchasing a green Piani Lamp for our entrance console, and I am very fond of it. It sheds just the right amount of light for the area. And, if you need further encouragement, the Flos 15% off sale is going on right now, so if you purchase before October 24th, the price is $271.
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Price: $319.00
Available from: Emmo Home

Rensselaer Single Sconce

She blinded me with science!“… that song will immediately spring to mind each time you walk by this wall sconce, for how could it not when it’s made from real chemistry lab supplies? And, shall we take a moment to admire how the look may change depending on the finish, cord color, and bulb you choose? Note: you might be a little sick of Edison bulbs, because they seem to be everywhere now, but I think there’s still something very appealing about their soft, candle-like glow and I refuse to be put off by their popularity.
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Price: $159.00
Available from: Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.

Little Sun Solar Light

This little solar-powered LED lamp helps get clean, affordable light to the 1.6 billion people without access to electricity. How so? With every purchase you make, a Little Sun can be sold off-grid at much lower, locally affordable prices. Five hours of charging gives three hours of bright light. Do take a look at the video below or Little Sun’s website for more info.
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Price: $25.00
Available from: Little Sun