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Retro for Less: 8 Affordable Modern Lighting Ideas

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Dec 16, 2015 01:01 AM
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by ESLTeam last modified Dec 15, 2015

Ever wish you could buy authentic modern lighting at 1957 prices? Light fixtures of this era (1945-to-1965) were American-made, dependable and lasted for generations. You don't find that workmanship in the cheap Chinese-made lights found in today’s hardware stores. During its heyday, modern lighting was mass-produced and affordable. But they are now high-priced collector's items. If you’re almost done remodeling your midcentury modern home, don’t ruin it with cheap, flimsy lights. Especially since we’ve got eight modern fixture ideas that are easy on your wallet. 1. Swag Opal Glass Pendant with Brushed Steel Finish ($34.95): Looks can be deceiving with this swag-hanging fixture. The shade is opal glass rather than imitation plastic, and takes a 100W bulb. Best of all, it plugs into the wall, so no need to pay an electrician to install it. 2. Sesame Beige Drum Pendant Chandelier ($99.99) Like to ‘Buy American’ whenever possible? Then this restaurant-style pendant is for you! Hand-crafted in California, the EUT6313-Y2181 uses energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs, which help reduce your electrical bill. Bright white illumination makes it a groovy lamp above kitchen counters and card tables. 3. Bulkhead Style Outdoor Wall Light ($46.00): Want your home to feel like a yacht? Throw on your captain’s hat and install these Wet Location-rated lights in your bathroom or around the pool. The EU60805 even mounts into ceiling, and creates a warm yellow light to keep you warm at night. 4. Delia Halogen Ceiling Light from Possini Euro ($74.99): This sparkling flush mount is perfect for your home bar or entryway. Its halogen lighting cone creates striking contrast between light and shadow. Its 4-inch studded crystal cylinder calls to mind disco balls and diamonds – a cheap way to look like a big shot! 5. Brushed Steel Rectangular Wall Light with White Shade ($94.99): This charming wall lamp screams “modern.” It has characteristic sharp edges, chrome neck and white cotton shade. It actually plugs into a standard wall socket, and hides this fact with its matte black backplate. You save $200 with this fixture by not hiring an electrician to install it! 6. Classic Pharmacy Floor Lamp in Brass ($99.99): Lifestyle catalogs from the late 40’s called it “cutting edge design.” Despite its now-antique look, the EU08600 still looks classy next to sofas and armchairs. Its 60W bulb provides soft light perfect for reading before bed. 7. Small Accent Table Lamp with Frosted Glass Globe ($39.99): This crystal ball says: “you'll see great savings in the future.” Make prediction a reality with this accent lamp, which adds a soft layer of light to augment your a primary source light. 8. Domino Ceiling Fan ($149.00): Wood blades, pewter housing and a cylindrical shape exemplify the modern style -- efficient design blending past with future. At less than $200, it still looks darn good. And it’s no wonder, since Hunter has been manufacturing great ceiling fans since 1886. Did any of these stylish modern lighting ideas help you improve the décor of your MCM house? If you’re into real estate, did it help flip the property? We would love to hear your feedback, good bad or otherwise. Image source: Euro Style Lighting






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