Exterior lighting for a 50's contemporary rancher

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Postby PaulKaplan » Sat Oct 06, 2007 1:09 pm

I agree with dalangdon
I don't hate the lights you have....it was period actually for the era. Kinda Lucy & Ricky Connecticut Farmhouse/Donna Reed. I'd be careful of putting anything too contempory that is going to probably make more of a statement then needed...

Or get rid of them altogether and install low wattage ambient lighting in the landscape.
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my gut tells me....

Postby hoodlam » Fri Dec 21, 2007 12:40 pm

after thinking about this long and hard, i have got to go with the original light fixtures. Clean them up abit and call them good.

these lights became popular after the opening of the Colonial Williamsburg theme park.

you see them in neon signs, motels etc.

however if you must change them, I envision a beam of light coming out the planter, not so much a pole with something stuck on top, but a clean beam of light, an extruded translucent polycarbonate tube with some uplighting. However good luck finding that inexpensively.

of course forms and surfaces has amazing site lighting but i am beting that you want something that is not mucho dinero.

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Postby Udo Min » Sat Dec 22, 2007 3:57 pm

This is a cool idea but is stupid expensive...

Might be a neat fixture to mock up in wood:

http://www.forms-surfaces.com/products/ ... NIL_01.jpg

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Postby johnnyapollo » Sun Dec 23, 2007 6:17 am

The previous owner of my house found a glass sphere that perfectly fits the post at the end of the drive - originally gas lit, the post was retrofitted with a socket and wired back to the house. No idea where he got the globe but if you can find something like that it's the easiest path.

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Postby bananabobs » Mon Dec 24, 2007 6:02 pm

Well I will have to go against the grain here, I feel those lights are very appropriate for a ranch. In the San Fernando Valley those were used on many ranch style houses but they were gas lamps. I know they are not real nelson bubblish, but they are very ranch IMHO.

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Postby Joe » Wed Dec 26, 2007 11:56 am

I see those kinds of lights as decoration, rather than functional lighting. Visual clutter in the landscape IMHO

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Postby hoodlam » Thu Dec 27, 2007 6:54 am

the lights look as though they provide lighting for both the driveway and a portion of the backyard which is functional to me.

Keep the originals, after all they are the originals.

they aren't bad at all

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Postby Designergenes » Thu Dec 27, 2007 3:09 pm

Heres a source for the globe light- with fixture, pretty reasonable.


http://www.farreys.com/lighting/westing ... 66861.html


These also arent bad. They're not a real MCM light, but kind of an interpretation- which I usually hate. Thing is, the pattern within the panes matches that of a certain patterning within some ornamental "screen" blocks you see on some homes from the '50s and '60s....so IMHO, it works on some level.


http://www.westinghouselighting.com/fix ... p?k=218252

reminds me of these guys:
www.ecreative1.com/images/img259.jpg
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Postby SDR » Thu Dec 27, 2007 3:50 pm

Those Westinghouse pieces are more Arts and Crafts ?

Maybe Czech cubism ?
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I'd prefer that a globe be round, not faceted -- but the price is right ! And maybe those facets won't show too much. . .

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Postby Udo Min » Thu Dec 27, 2007 4:09 pm

Cubism Rocks
I think SDR is onto something here.

Subtle hints of facets.

Is that a custom fixture SDR?

Here is a nice box fixture:
http://www.ljusihus.se/produkter/utomhu ... _37_PF.jpg

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Postby SDR » Thu Dec 27, 2007 4:19 pm

That's sweet, Udo.

The ceramic piece is from a book on Czech cubism. It reminded me of the geometries shown by Designergenes.

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Postby Designergenes » Thu Dec 27, 2007 4:24 pm

Weren't some of the mortar joints in that style of masonry on a diagonal, too?
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Postby SDR » Thu Dec 27, 2007 4:31 pm

You mean, like in the tower seen here:

http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=11127

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Postby Designergenes » Thu Dec 27, 2007 4:48 pm

SDR- you're an MCM dynamo :)
That's a near perfect match.

...I was referring to a pattern that's mostly on the horizontal, with an occasional slash cut stone that matches its sister, creating a diagonal joint. It occurs randomly- but frequently enough to feel a regular part of the pattern.

...(PHEW) anyway- all of that to say that it's a design element that could echo the fractal panes within that cubist globe. But I cant see the pattern clearly in her pics........
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