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Help. My 'new' house is too dark

Postby afigure » Wed Oct 19, 2005 12:35 pm

Hi everyone. This is my first post on this site. We just moved into a 1959 mcm house with beautiful high redwood ceilings. The problem is little to no overhead lighting. I know recessed is out of the question, but how about track lighting? I am not sure how I feel about them. There is a ceiling fan, it may even be original but no light, was thinking of replacing it with a lighted one but afraid it won't be enough or it will look bad. Any good links to sites with lighting that might work in this style of house? Thanks.

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Postby tikiyaki » Wed Oct 19, 2005 1:30 pm

My vote is that you lose the ceiling fan, and put a Nelson bubble lamp in it's place...

The ultimate MCM lighting....in my opinion. Looks great off, and makes a really nice glow when it's on. The saucer or cigar ones are my faves.

http://www.modernica.net/browseProducts.asp?CatId=1012

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Postby scowsa » Wed Oct 19, 2005 3:05 pm

A wider range of modern fans, including those DWR designs, is at

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Postby tikiyaki » Wed Oct 19, 2005 3:57 pm

yes, the Nelson bubbles are expensive. I waited until I had some "splurge money" until I bought mine. Those modern ceiling fans are real nice too.
Otherwise, if it's just a low cost ceiling light you're looking for, IKEA has the globe lights which are great. I have several of them installed in the house, and at $25, they're a steal.

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Thanks for all the links

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Postby classic form » Thu Oct 20, 2005 4:19 am

I really don't have anything to add here except I would love to see more of your house...do you have more pics you can post?

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Where should I post my house pics?

Postby afigure » Thu Oct 20, 2005 5:50 am

Should I start a new post here or add to the gallery somewhere?
I just checked out the gallery but it didn't seem like the right spot for interior shots. Let me know and I will put some up. The house is almost completely original, it should be of some interest.

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Postby classic form » Thu Oct 20, 2005 6:02 am

I posted some interior shots in the gallery a while back...I started a new sub-file in the midwest section. I don't think that it's a problem, they didn't get removed so I guess it doesn't break any rules. You could also put them in a photo album on the web and add a link in a post. Or, just go ahead and start a new thread and post them direct. To tell you the truth, I am not real sure of the correct procedure (if there is a "correct" procedure).

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Postby moderns-r-us » Thu Oct 20, 2005 6:20 am

I vote for more photos too! You will need a password from the moderator to get photos into the gallery. So if you want to post them soon just post them here.

Just an added note about the AKARI mentioned above. I was not suggesting using the hanging models. I thought that a floor models or table model might let you stay with just a fan and still FILL the room with light. They really do put out a huge amount of light with just a single lamp and they look way cool to boot.

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Postby PacificaModern » Thu Oct 20, 2005 7:27 am

I really like the idea of the noguchi lamps in your place. It seems to me that they would complement your style perfectly. I had one other thought too.

Perhaps some bi-directional cone sconces placed on one or more walls which would wash the wall and the ceiling with some warm light would be nice...

Perhaps like this one?

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oops it may not be redwood ceiling

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Postby moderns-r-us » Thu Oct 20, 2005 2:59 pm

I would believe Redwood in the Bay Area, but not in New York.

It could be Redwood, but it would be rare to see redwood as anything other than siding in New York State.
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found the original plans

Postby afigure » Fri Oct 21, 2005 6:55 am

found the original plans about a week ago, and it did specify it was redwood exterior, I will have to dig them up and look at the ceiling. The entire house is practically original except the kitchen. All the way down to its original starburst tile in the bathroom. :o

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Postby robbhouston » Fri Oct 21, 2005 7:05 am

Hi afigure,

The fixture PacificaModern posted above is the Daniel Donnelly Dual Cone Sconce...

http://0044f49.netsolhost.com/nashville ... nnelly.jpg

http://www.danieldonnelly.com/n_lighting.htm

The large version goes for $445. It's an awesome looking fixture (a bit pricey....for me, at least). It's also is an indoor fixture (and I need/want matching interior and exterior fixtures). So, I'm ordering fixtures from Swivelier...

http://0044f49.netsolhost.com/nashville ... r_cone.jpg

http://www.swivelier.com/

One of their sales people suggested using one of their duel light directionals (pointing one straight up and the other straight down) for a similar effect...

http://0044f49.netsolhost.com/nashville ... sconce.jpg

Those images show the fixtures in brushed aluminum (which is a special ordered), $109 (plus $10 for the special finish & $35s/h).

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Much better looking track lighting

Postby afigure » Fri Oct 21, 2005 7:31 am

Thanks Robb. Those track lights are an awful lot better looking that what I currently have in my house or have seen online. Here is a pic of what is currently used for lighting system in our house. Flourescents hidden behind a piece of wood where the ceiling meets the wall. I don't mind this but it doesn't let off nearly enough light from above. I do however, have outlets that run about every 4 feet in this location throughout our family room, so wiring shouldn't be a problem for whatever we decide to go with.

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Postby moderns-r-us » Fri Oct 21, 2005 7:37 am

You are teasing us with these little pictures! LOL

I am even more sure that your decking is not redwood after your last post! You really should not think less of it, if it is not redwood.

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