What’s old is new when it comes to lighting in interior design. Antique industrial lights have emerged as popular choices when designing modern interiors. The look pairs rough, rugged industrial elements with sleek, simple clean-lined furnishings. While this may seem like an odd pairing, the minimalistic modern touches set a backdrop that allow the antique industrial elements to capture the attention. Popular modern antique industrial design choices include old ladders, vintage signage, dollies and of course, lighting.
Industrial Pendant Lights
Industrial pendant lights feature a single metal shade that hangs down like a typical pendant light. However, industrial pendant lights distinguish themselves with a broad shade. The broad shade, as well as their support for high wattage bulbs, allows them to brighten far larger areas than modern pendant lights you would consider for your kitchen.
A quick and easy way to bring an industrial look to your space is to swap out your light bulbs with Edison bulbs. Just like the original bulbs that bear the inventor’s name, Edison bulbs are transparent, allowing the glowing filament to shine through. The lights will immediately add a turn-of-the-century technology feel to your interior. This works particularly well when the bulbs are used inshadeless fixtures that accentuate the bulbs.
Industrial spotlights are another industrial antique being gobbled up by interior designers and design enthusiasts. These desirable illuminators commonly feature a tripod that allows you to adjust the height and a head that swivels, that allows you to positioned and focus the light on a particular area. The lights were originally constructed for use on production sets or in manufacturing settings where additional lighting was necessary to complete simple tasks. But you can take advantage of their adjustable nature by illuminating an area of interest within your interior. Frequently constructed of iron or brass, industrial spotlights are a good way to introduce some metal into your space.
Industrial lighting has become so popular, you may have trouble finding an authentic antique. If your open to alternatives, consider a reproduction light or a modern light that has been partly fashioned after an original industrial design. For the purists, continue to stay on the lookout at flea markets, at your local salvage yard and for classified listings. But beware. If you do find an original, be prepared to pay up. As with most antiques, there are plenty of design enthusiast who are willing to may more for the real thing.
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