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Postby Joe » Thu Apr 21, 2005 2:30 pm

your third link is fairly close to what was original in most Cliff May homes. I still have all my sconces (which were also original in many Eichlers). I just found a double coned one at the local building products recycling center this past weekend for two bucks. I have captured a few from ebay as well, along with some slightly different, smaller ones for other areas of the house. I'll post up a photo this weekend.

The are gold-copper colored on the outside, but can be easily stripped if you want the brushed aluminum look. Great for indirect lighting, shining on the ceiling.

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Postby puzzle » Fri Apr 22, 2005 5:17 pm

I was at Liz's a few months ago and it looked like they carried the Rejuvenation lights (or ones that look very similar), but they charged quite a bit more for them.

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Postby tikiyaki » Fri Apr 22, 2005 6:12 pm

Liz's Hardware is OK, but they WAY overprice their stuff...I mean WAY overpriced ! Plus you have to wade through tons of granny anitique stuff to find the MCM stuff. I'd rather just use ebay.

I like how Joe went to the recycling center and get the steal of the century for $2. Now that's something alot of people haven't thought of.
Usually the antique dealers have all that stuff wired, but I'm not sure they've figured out the salvage thing yet.

I think it's best to avoid Liz's.

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Postby jenkinshouse » Fri May 06, 2005 1:15 pm

What do you think of these?

http://www.progresslighting.com/search. ... ct_id=1588

Does anyone think 6x18 is too big for the bedroom for these "up and down" cylinder lamps? How about 6x12 from the ceiling (it's 9 ft high). They have a smaller ceiling fixture, but not with the sconces.

They remind me of Case Study Houses. I have one of my originals from the 50's that looks like this, so these seem like a good fit...

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The owner was intending to find her original fixtures that she thought she had, but I think that was just a dream.

It's ridiculous that progress doesn't make the cone sconces. They would certainly sell judging by nearly $1000 on ebay.
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Postby Joe » Fri May 06, 2005 1:34 pm

the silver light in the photo is great for flat ceilings, not so good for vaulted. Still made in white and flat black. Easy to make if you go skills

The progress lighting sconces are pretty good if you don't have anything else. They can be painted. indoors/outdoors.

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Postby the50sguy » Fri May 06, 2005 7:12 pm

here are some samples of some cool sconces...very 50's...that were on Ebay sometime last year. The guy wanted like $600 starting bid on them. I never did check to see what they went for.

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The one below is what I have in my place. It came out of an old Arthur Murry dance studio that my mom taught dancing at in the late-50's, here in the city I now live in. I went to city hall to see if I could see when the lights were installed and sure enough I found the old permit dated 1955.

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Postby moderns-r-us » Fri May 06, 2005 7:15 pm

I am a little concerned about the size, not the shape. It seems more appropriate for a 12' ceiling than a 9' ceiling.

To me the shape is good and I have seen that shape on fifties arch.

The scale seems more commercial though.

There used to be a company called McPhilbin that made stuff like this in varying sizes and different mounting options including a yoke which would solve some peoples sloped ceiling problems. I seem to recall McPhilbin being purchased by one of the big boy lighting companies, but keeping the name. Prices would not be as good as Progress. I did not google yet.

Have you considered mounting a monopoint (a hockey puck size piece of track) and just using a PAR 30 barrel shaped track fixture? It would not be completely period but the affect might be better than the appropriate period fixture and cheaper.

Joe - do we dare mention Lumiere, Low Voltage lights? 2 1/2" diameter, 6" or 7" deep!

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Postby the50sguy » Sat May 07, 2005 2:39 pm

Yeah..."oops" is right, but I don't blame you. I thought it was a chick's place until I clicked on the "about me" option on the site and got a big surprise myself. Here, check out the "guest room" below. This has to be the worst room in the whole house. I guess this what you would consider "fun" 50's....and look...no double-coned sconces on the walls in this house. LOL!
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Crap! What the hell was this guy thinking?!!! This also shows just how bad mis-matched decorating can look. There's no other way to explain it other than it looks like a freakin' Harlem nightmare in the middle of West Hollywood!

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Postby jenkinshouse » Sat May 07, 2005 6:51 pm

I am worried that those cans are a bit big. They had a 5x14 double lamp version but it's plastic/white instead of aluminum.

I'll look for the other brand you mentioned, thanks.

My can light is definitely 50's though. And money willing the Knoll Sofa will be in the Living Room while the can lights will be in other rooms...

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Postby jenkinshouse » Sat May 07, 2005 7:06 pm

The only McPhilben lights I found were 7.5"x12", even bigger than the 6x12 Progress lights I was considering.
If you find these in a smaller size (6x9 or 5x8) let me know.
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Postby SDR » Sat May 07, 2005 7:09 pm

Jason -- Yeah, I like the form but haven't focused on the size. They must be proportioned for large, maybe commercial environments. For a 9' ceiling I could see 10" on the ceiling and 14" max for a wall up/down light -- you think?

50sguy -- Lighten up -- nobody's taking that as a serious decore formula. As one guy's "vision," it's a hoot. Actually, that's my favorite room, for the controlled and "hot" color scheme. Home theater takes on a new meaning! You wouldn't do that in your house, and neither would I.

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Postby the50sguy » Sat May 07, 2005 10:20 pm

SDR...yeah, you're right. I did go on a tangent there and I do tend to get on my soapbox once in a while, especially when I see that or if someone has been misguided thinking that if they do their house in "malt shop" 50's that they have captured the true era. You are right about that neither one of us would do our places like that. Besides, he has to go home to that and if that's what sends him, so be it.

Below is a house that I saw on a home tour that we have here in Pomona every October. This was the first and only mid-century home on the tour. The rest were "turn of the century."

The house was one of the many homes built in that Westmont tract in 1954. I forgot who the designer was, but he was well known for that style. Maybe someone here knows. Anyway, this is probably the only home in the tract that is still in it's original condition and hasn't been Tijuanaized (cheap stucco overlay, Home Depot aluminum windows w/bars over them, gawdy, bright colors on the exterior...etc) like the surrounding homes on his block. It's sad to see so many of these homes giving way to that "South of the border" look.

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This is the entrance


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The living room. Not real crazy about the plastic furniture nor the Lego wall in the background.


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Cool kitchen except for the blender collection along the counter. Gives it kind of a museum look, rather than "someone lives there" feel. There's that freakin' pink wall again. :?


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