December 3, 2009

Okay! Okay! I'm Reconsidering the Lights!

Boy.  Y'all really liked my five-drop pan lights.  Holyoke Home hasn't had 17 comments since I posted a blog entry about skimcoating over wallpaper.

I've learned a lot from your comments and done some research of my own.  The lights (two out of three) may possibly be original to our old brick row house,  but they are definitely of the era.  Upon closer examination, two of the three lights are IDENTICAL.  How did we not notice before?!

The style is called a 'pan light' and the lights are called 'drops' so, our lights are 'five drop pan lights.'  I still don't know what they're made of, but apparently, if they are super heavy like ours, they could be made of 'pot metal,' which is zinc and brass with some kind of applied finish.   I also learned that the 'cup' things on the bottom of the lights (see image below) can be screwed off.  I was so hopeful when I screwed it off because I figured that maybe I could screw a nice glass shade back on, but alas, I can't locate any shades with a one and three-eights inch opening.  The smallest shade opening I can find is 2 1/4

And also? Holy cow  They might be valuable.  A similar light sold online recently for $600.  That could buy a lot of mulch and flowers for  the backyard things we really need.

I'm still not sure what we'll do with our pan lights, but I promise to keep you updated.


  1. You need to go on Antique Roadshow. Can you imagine if they said, "These are rare and I'd say about $25,000"

    Then, would you sell them, or would they become a FEATURE in the house?

    Yeah, I'd probably sell them too.

  2. Maybe you could get your craft on and make some shades. Hmmmm.

    Stopping by from SITS.

  3. possible shade options-google Vintage Lighting and Fan Shoppe

  4. Try United house Wrecking in Stamford, CT for your globes. They sell those antique chandeliers, maybe they have the globes or will know where to find them. That place is huge, we've spent the whole day there, just poking around.

  5. That is so cool! They are really beautiful and unique looking - I say if you are really hard up for the cash keep 'em - you'll likely be glad you did years down the road :)

  6. If it were me, I'd get some Edison bulbs or some other cool-looking bulb. I think you can also paint light bulbs--I would imagine the CFLs that are made to look like incandescents could be painted very easily with acrylic.

    I get why you'd want to get rid of them, although my vote is to keep them. There's something about bare bulb light fixtures that just looks unfinished. I've always heard it explained as back when lightbulbs were first available to the public, they were considered works of art, and people wanted to see them. Today they're commonplace and we don't see it that way anymore.

  7. That's a gorgeous light fixture!

    Happy Saturday SITS Sharefest!

  8. they are gorgeous! try this for globes:

  9. These are wonderful. I just took out and sold similar ones from my 1902 home. I'm sure I let them go for far less that I should have, C'est la vie. Anyway, I was told that the light did not have globes or shades but instead decorative bulbs that used to be readily available. I found and ordered beautiful amber filament covered bulbs that were gorgeous in the years before i decided to change the fixture for something more modern.

  10. AnonymousMay 17, 2011

    so. what did you end up doing with this? we have two original fixtures in our house too, somewhat similar to these, and honestly i kind of hate them. i hate how dinky they look all the way up there by our 11-foot ceilings, and how the one in our dining room is at the very center even though our table is not. ugh.


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