Where to buy Sputnik chandelier lights made today — Practical Props

sputnik-chandelierCome on, who doesn’t want to own a Sputnik chandelier? It’s an icon of mid century lighting, and to find one vintage would surely be exciting. But sometimes, you don’t want to wait forever for a vintage Sputnik to orbit into your hot little hands. Where to buy a Sputnik light made new today, at a relatively reasonable price? Well, two of our readers — Doug and Nancy — turned us on to Practical Props, located in North Hollywood, California. Not only does Practical Props design and manufacture their own Sputnik lights, but they also are a great one-stop shopping place — online or in the store — to find a variety of other classic, reproduction mid century lighting made today.

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Practical Props was kind enough to provide some history and information about the company:

Practical Props was started in 1991 by Ian Hardy, who saw a niche market in lighting rentals and sales to the Studios here in LA, after working behind the scene in the industry for a few years. Practical Props offered rentals as well as retail from the start. Initially both divisions were under one roof, but split into two locations in 2005 as the business grew too large for the original location. Our rental division, at 11754 Vose Street in North Hollywood, now features approximately 9,000 square feet of mainly vintage lighting.

sputnik-light-chromeThe retail store, located at 11010 Magnolia Blvd. in North Hollywood, features approximately 3,000 square feet of new, used, and vintage lighting. Mainly due to our great selection of vintage and retro lighting, as well as our reasonable pricing, the store is a popular retail venue for set designers, interior designers, people remodeling and restoring homes, restaurant and store owners, and the general public alike. We are a destination store, but also get customers that pass us on the street.

repairing-vintage-lightsA large part of our business is custom lighting. We have supplied custom lighting to many retail stores, restaurants, residences, as well as TV and film productions. A majority of our fixtures are made in house, though we out-source to other companies in California, with some components manufactured off-shore.

mid-century-sputnik-lightAt any given time we provide lighting to 40-50 TV and film productions. Here are a few:

Sons of Anarchy, Mike and Molly, CSI, Parks and Recreation, Community, House, Criminal Minds, Anger Management, Mad Men, 90210, Modern Family, Vegas, Pretty Liars, Army Wives…

Argo, The Artist, X Men, The Fast and the Furious, Transformers, J. Edgar, Poseidon, Rock Star, The Green Mile, Benjamin Buttons, Dukes of Hazzard, Moneyball, Jersey Boys…

mid-century-starburst-lightPractical Props’ Sputnik chandeliers come in several configurations, five finishes and range in price from $295 – $1,200 depending on size. There are even a few styles of sputnik wall sconces exclusively designed by Practical Props.

mid-century-globe-lightIn addition to Sputnik lights and cone wall sconces, Practical Props also sells globe lights, which are available in diameters of 10″ to 20″. And, they stock Remcraft’s Retro line of wall sconces.

If you are visiting Los Angeles or live nearby, it is surely worth a trip to ogle the goodies.  However, if you are like me and live too far away, you are in luck: Many of their light fixtures — including the hot-to-trot Sputniks — can be ordered through the website.

  1. Dan T says:

    Thanks, Sprayfaint. That one is sadly a G25 (25 x 1/8″ = 3 1/8″ diameter) — I am searching for the G40 (5″); I can find it in 25W or silvered, but not both.

    The beauty of the Lightolier fixture is that the globes — despite looking like light bulbs — were actually shades that screwed over a miniature bulb.

  2. Jennifer says:

    When I saw the blurb about the article, I immediately thought- oh Practical Props has those! We have gotten many fixtures from them, more Art Deco styled to go with our era of home. Ian is a really cool guy, and we love supporting our local businesses. They also do repairs and have the right lightbulbs and shades that you need!

  3. Tracy says:

    After reading this article, I went right to the website and purchased a little Sputnik wall sconce for the ceiling in my tiny little entryway. I did initially have some problems, but these guys were awesome about helping me out and solving the problem. Great product line and great customer service.

  4. Diane says:

    We just bought one from Lowes who is also carrying the sputnik lights–some stores do have them in stock but I ordered mine from the on line store —love it! You can also change out the socket to be able to use a different size bulb for those in need of a brighter or different look for their light.

  5. Candace says:

    I just want to give another thumbs up to Practical Props. I have purchased from them two MCM cone sconces and recently bought a Sputnik chandelier. It looks better in person than on their website. Customer service was great, they shipped the lights out quickly and they were packaged well. +10!

  6. Steph says:

    Thanks, Retro Ren! We have been searching everywhere for a Sputnik light for our 1969 custom ranch’s huge formal dining room. Everything we found was tiny. We now have a 36″ Sputnik and I couldn’t be happier! We ordered via email and then got a call to figure out how much of a drop we’d need. With 8′ ceilings and a desire to be able to walk under it, we went with the 18″ drop recommendation form Practical Props. The lamp showed up only a few days later. I don’t think I’ve ever seen my husband so excited about a delivery! Thanks sooooo much for sending us to Practical Props!

  7. John Davis says:

    hi dan.
    Does anyone know where I could find a few of the Lighterolier shades? I have a lamp with two broken shades.

    Thanks John Davis

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  9. Rustin says:

    I saw many times this popular design of pendants. It’s like a retro thing – looks always great. But its futuristic shape is perfect for eclectic interiors. Nice!

  10. necoro says:

    Found this older article in searching for an answer to this question: Anyone know who some of the original manufacturers of Sputnik-style lamps were?
    We’ve come into possession of a clearly vintage 12-arm model, but its canopy was lost and so there is no manufacturer information remaining. I’m rebuilding it with a reproduction center sphere (serious cracking in the original) but it’d be nice to know who might have made them originally.

  11. pam kueber says:

    I don’t know for sure. But I will guess companies like Lightolier, Progress and Moe had them — those were some of the larger manufacturers back in the day.

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