We like this vintage style ceiling light fixture — Odessa from Hudson Valley Lighting

odessa-lightA nicely designed ceiling light fixture — especially one with retro-vintage style — is hard to find. Working on an upcoming story, Kate and I stumbled into this Odessa ceiling light by Hudson Valley Lighting — and we both were impressed.

odessa-light-hudson-valley-lightingThe Odessa has a pre-war vintage feel — with an interesting, two-piece glass shade that should get lots of diffused light shining out and down from your ceiling. Hudson Valley Lighting describes the shade as “a multi-faceted shade of glossy, mouth-blown opal triplex glass and a prismatic down-light diffuser.” And the metal trim — available in four finishes — give this ceiling light a bit more pizzazz than a plainer schoolhouse light.

Note, these lights are not cheap. But: They are made in the USA, and Hudson Valley Lighting seems to be positioning themselves as focused on quality. Indeed, I have put Hudson Valley Lighting ceiling fixtures in our two bedrooms about 10 years ago. I chose them for the quality of their glass shades — they are really  nice! (Alas, now discontinued.)

Where to use this Odessa lighting:

We see this design as having decidedly vintage prewar deco styling.

We’d put it in any kitchen with deco lines… in kitchens that want to play up their 1930s, 1940s or early 1950s sweetness… and in the same style mudrooms, laundry rooms or kitchens with relatively low ceilings that need more light.

We like both the antique brass and satin nickel finishes. Aged looking.

The medium-sized Odessa holds two 60-watt bulbs… it’s 13.5″ wide by 6.5″ high. There’s a smaller, one-bulb version and a larger, three-bulb version. The small version may be good for a hall or small mudroom… but the big one, well, it sounds too big for our houses.

odessa-semi-flushodessa-pendantOh, and if you want a pendant (we like it!) — or a semi-flush (not our favorite but still nice) to match, there are three sizes of each of those, too!

  1. la573 says:

    Regarding LED light bulb retrofits – it varies depending on the bulb you use. Some specifically allow use in completely enclosed fixtures (several Cree and Feit/Costco bulbs, with the stipulation that you don’t combine them with non-LEDs or LEDS from other manufacturers. Most others require vented shades and/or no exposure to water. The enclosable LED bulbs may let you get more brightness out of these fixtures than you could have with incandescents, since 20W LEDs are as bright as the 100w incandecents you can’t use. As always with LEDs, pay attention to CRI, high R values (for red light reproduction, an LED sore point), and color temperature (2,700K approximates the warmth of incandescent light). Done right, you get retro looks, modern efficiency and infreqent bulb changes.

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