• Vintage midcentury lighting

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    1. Love the pull down lamps and definatly want one– But where oh where can I get one? Is there a current manufacturer that any one would recommend?

      • pam kueber says:

        Nina462, these are not made anymore. I was told that they do not conform to UL standards.

      • candace says:

        I see these type of lights and many others at give away prices ($2-$10) at the habitat for humanity restore in Kansas City. You might check to see if City has a restore.

    2. I love those silver, bullet shaped, ceiling mount, almost-look-like pendants, light fixtures (2570_1.jpg…. 3-4 are in the pic sitting on a table; 4th column and 4th pic down)! Where can I find them? Who is the manufacturer and are they still sold?

    3. pam kueber says:

      MM, stuff like this is sold today – see all identified resources in Fast & Easy Lighting Page.

    4. Mad Modern says:

      WOW…..I love the cobalt blue shaded one in the middle right!
      Lots of pull-down lamps can be found around here (Chicago)…..they are truly special!

    5. Am looking for replacement shade for Lightolier bathroom vanity light. It has three shades, each eight inches long, of heavy almost rock-cut glass. The shades fit up into the fixture on the wall by slipping up under a”lip.” Broke one of the shades and CANNOT find anywhere. Any help would be most appreciated. Not even sure what the vintage is…maybe 70′s? Thank you so much.

      • pam kueber says:

        Hi Jennifer – I think you are looking for a needle in a haystack. The first haystack I’d point you to is: Rejuvenation Lighting in Portland. They also carry salvaged, vintage stock. Maybe the retro decorating gods have your piece right there. Another thought: Lightolier still exists. You might contact them. Good luck.

    6. Hi Pam-

      Thank you! I have checked Rejuvination and also w/a Lightolier rep. Also, there’s a fantastic place called Hippo Hardware (fyi) which carries all crazy lighting from every vintage. I’m stumped. Can’t even find anything similar. I appreciate you getting back to me…and I, too, am hoping the retro lighting gods are out there and wll smile on me soon…

      • pam kueber says:

        Send me a pic, Jennifer. I’ll try to post it and we’ll see if we can help you. I think I know just what you’re talking about….now I’m curious! retrorenovation [at] gmail [dot] com

    7. I will! I’m actually in Maui on vacation right now, but as soon as I get back to the Mainland, I will email you a pic. I’m so obsessed, I’m researching on vacation…


    8. Tina Aguilar says:

      I have a Moe light #313503 it is a living room light shade and when I took it down to clean I broke 1 of 2 and I need to find a replacement….I can take pic of the good one if someone can help me find a replacement…I rent so I have to replace it. I thank you so very much..


    9. Matt Kinkead says:

      We used to have one of those pull down lamps in our kitchen, however mother replaced it cause it was ugly. I think it may still be in our garage. Looks like it’s going to be a Salvage Sunday! haha

    10. pam kueber says:

      We have an FAQ on this, or search “diffuser.” Please also know that I am told that these old pull-downs are no longer to code; please consult with a professional about the best path for you to take. Good luck.

    11. If you live in Los Angeles, check out Practical Props in North Hollywood. They have tons of vintage lighting (they sell and rent out props) and will do repairs/rewiring on any vintage fixtures you might find. I love their stuff!

    12. How do you get a photograph in the gallery? I have several vintage light fixtures in this house and my other one, wagon wheel, pull down, flushmount, spotlight fixtures, exterior…that I wouldn’t mind sharing

      • pam kueber says:

        you need to send the photos to me, zachary. use the contact box to establish contact

        • I’ll take some nice pictures today then. I’ll be at my other house in about a month, Habitat For Humanity and this site are big parts of the remodel there

    13. john swenson says:

      I am interested in buying some light fixtures from your website. Are they for sale, or are they just to look at?

    14. Mike McKeen says:

      Hi Pam,

      I have a pair of the ‘pull down’ style, dining table light fixtures, that need the ‘cloth cord wrap’ replaced and possibly some work on the ‘retractor’ mechanism

      I am near Denver CO without a source for a repair shop or parts

      Do you have suggestions on anexperienced individual who can repair these ‘unusual’ lamps?

      Many thanks!

      Lakewood CO

    15. Hi, where are the images for this gallery? Thanks. :)

    16. Were can I get replacement parts for the pull down kitchen light fixtures? I have two that need new pulleys and wire. They are very nice looking. Please let me know, thank you.

      • pam kueber says:

        Lane, it is my understanding that these lights are no longer to code. Please consult with a licensed professional…

    17. I did and they loved them only thing is that I can not find the pulleys. He can rewire it but without a proper pulley it just sits and is in pristine condition.

    18. Want some pull down lamps?? I have three (2 matching.) You can post here if you want to connect with me in Louisiana

    19. how do you remove the pull-down lamps ?? thank you

    20. Jeannie Collins says:

      I have a question about picture 171 and 172. I have this light fixture and have been searching and searching for info about it. I would love to know the maker and possibly the year. Any help would be much appreciated!!

      • pam kueber says:

        Hi Jeannie, I’m not sure, although I have seen this light come up for sale now and then. Big names in vintage lighting: Virden, Moe, Progress, Imperialite. Type these words (separately) in the Search box on this site (up in the navigation area) to get to my various stories — including catalogs. Also see Catalogs/Lighting. You might be able to find it. Beautiful light!

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