Traditional LightingTraditional has a lot of different meanings in a lot of different countries. In the North American Lighting world, Traditional lighting refers to a style based around the 18th and 19th centuries in America. Yet, some influence also comes from Greek and Roman style, much like it did when the colonists were settling in and creating a uniquely "American" style. While some might think the category too broad, the basis lies in these influences. From wrought iron to opulent chandeliers strung with crystal, Traditional Lighting offers copious options sure to please everyone. For those looking for a more colonial style, the Williamsburg style is a small subset of Traditional Lighting that takes its name from the small Virginia town of its namesake.
When considering lighting for your home, office or other personal space, remember to consider traditional lighting options. Often there will be no better way to accentuate your space while adding dearly to the general ambiance of the room or home. Imagine the difference between appreciating any ‘brand-new’ lighting purchase, versus the appreciation you will have now- and for years to come- with a fully functional piece of history. Imagine the provenance to be considered with traditional lamps. Not only will you have a beautiful source of light- you will also have interest in where it came from, what time period, patina, etc. Buying anything antique, such as a hand-forged floral chandelier, is always instills an importance to the purchase not experienced with brand-new purchases. You will be more likely to have a piece to insure at greater value- ever increasing with time- making it very reasonable to purchase candelabra lighting.
Whether you are searching for general lighting or very decorative pieces such as candelabra chandelier, antique lighting offers the most genuinely crafted and designed options for true old-world atmosphere. Before purchase, you may want to consider a more specific period style such as Gothic period antique lighting or Victorian, turn of the century, Bungalow (Craftsman), etc. There is much enjoyment and genuine satisfaction in building on a solid theme, which will lend stature to your residence. Further, there are two very basic ways to go when considering traditional lighting- genuine antique or antique replica. Be aware of all the replicas out there, and when unsure- ask and research. Antique replica is a good way to have the look and achieve ambiance when either the genuine antique lighting fixture you wanted cannot be found or perhaps monetarily it would be your best option when one is not concerned with actual provenance. With genuine antique lighting, one should pay attention to the safety of the piece in use- has it been re-wired for today’s electrical safety standards? Perhaps you are considering an antique transitional kerosene/ electric lamp- are both methods of illumination serviced and safely operable?
Using antique lighting in your vintage decoration style will go a long way toward creating a lively conversational dynamic in your home or office. Impress and intrigue your guests with your sense of style and heritage. Reflect on history and heritage, or simply the art of your traditional wrought iron light fixtures. Hours of enjoyment are now eminent whether you are taking visitors and entertaining, or simply sitting quietly and enjoying your own ambiance.