An En-lighting Experience

By tadgeobrien, 8 May, 2010

Well I have to say that one thing that I have struggled with in the house has been the light fixture that is over the dining room table. I actually like the fixture itself, though someone else doesn't , but it had been missing one of the glass globes. So I have been on the hunt for a replacement.

Since my hunt began just over a year ago I have bought and returned at least two sets of globes to one of the home centers. I also purchased at least two set of shades that clip on the light bulbs and returned them as well. So I finally swung out to a local lighting place called Tut Hill, since I figured I would talk to an expert.

Well I forgot to bring the globe, but had taken some pictures with me of the fixture. Needless to say within 3 minutes of being there, and an explanation of what I had, I was handed a card of a local lamp restoration shop. I couldn't believe it that they were ready to let me buy the piece I needed somewhere else. It is great to have that kind of knowledge in the area. I really appreciated the honesty about them not having anything that would work.

So after swinging home to pick up the actual glass globe I headed to the lamp shop. It was actually ironic since it ended up being a place I have driven by before and thought, Jeez that would be a neat place to check out". Needless to say I wasn't disappointed. The place was full of old lamps, odd fixtures, and a few glass bulbs. The gentleman behind the counter was an older hippie type and more than happy to help. Once he saw the piece and I explained my predicament, he pawed over the piece a moment or two as he was thinking. He then handed the piece back and told us to wait.

Two minutes later he reappeared with three globes that seemed a bit dirty, but where the exact same style. He shared his theory how a generation prior to his likely scrubbed the porcelain so much that it wore the light brown finish right off the globes that I had. So we agreed that I would buy one and see if I too could scrub the hell out of it.

So now I have five globes on my original fixture, its your job to tell me which is the newest one :)