Many people love taking old furniture, décor, and light fixtures and updating them to make them work in their current home. You can find thousands of resources online about how to repurpose old items for you to use. If you have taken to shopping at garage sales and different online resources for vintage items you may want to finish reading this article.
Where to Buy Vintage Lighting Fixtures
First you will want to think about whether or not you are looking for a certain style or if you are simply looking for a good deal. If you are an antique lover you will probably have a certain style or period that you are hoping to purchase items from. You may have better luck shopping at antique stores or looking for antiques dealers. These items will typically come ready to just put into your home without needing any work. If you are looking for a good deal you will want to shop at garage sales, flea markets, thrift stores, Craig’s List, or Facebook yard sale groups. You can find great deals shopping at these places. Many times these items will need some work done on them before you can put them in your home.
Clean Antique Lighting Fixtures
Once you get your item home you will need to evaluate it to see if you are going to need to repurpose the items that you purchased or if they are simply ready to put up in your home. If you have purchased furniture items many times they will need to be cleaned. You may choose to sand, stain, or paint the items before using them. Refinishing these pieces is not typically challenging to do but it can be time consuming. Décor typically needs to be cleaned as well. Just like furniture you may choose to sand, stain, or paint the item or you can use it like it is.
Are Old Lamps, Chandeliers & Light Fixtures a Fire Hazard?
If you purchase vintage lighting you will have a few extra things to think about besides just cleaning the item. With furniture and décor there are not that many risks involved if you put them in your home. Vintage lighting is a different story though. There are some different things that you will need to consider before purchasing and installing vintage lighting in your home. When the vintage light fixture was made the technology was different that it is today. Newer and more efficient ways to manufacturer things have required simple changes to be made. A great example of this is chandeliers. Today you simply flip a switch to turn a chandelier on. Hundreds of years ago .chandeliers had candles on them that had to be light individually each night. You will have to adjust for the technology gap between when the light fixture was built and today.
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This is where Burley Electrical Service Inc. comes in. We can come out and take a look at the light fixtures that you purchased to see if they can safely be installed in your home or if they are better off just being statement pieces in your home. You do not want to risk having an electrical fire by not checking into the safety of vintage lights before installing them. Contact us for all your electrical needs!