Vanessa Grant

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Vanessa Grant

Vanessa Grant is a lifestyle writer and Online Editor at the

Trend: Bare Bulb Lighting

Posted by Vanessa Grant Thursday, September 9, 2010 4:55 PM EDT

It's taken a while for that industrial loft look to make it to the mainstream — people like things that look clean, neat and finished — but lately I've been noticing unfinished-looking accessories all over the place. And bare bulb light fixtures are everywhere. Even Pottery Barn.

Clockwise from top left: Lindsay Adelman 7-globe and 8-globe Branching Bubble lights; West Elm Globe Pendant; Pottery Barn Edison Chandelier

The fixtures above are some of the most elegant of the bunch. Pottery Barn's chandelier comes with special, oversized bulbs and the globes from West Elm and artful bubbles from Lindsay Adelman add a little refinement to the bare bulb look.

Clockwise from top left: Homemade light fixture by Courtney Wotherspoon; Schoolhouse Electric Rensslear Double Fixture (at Courtney's home); Diamond Lights by Eric Therner

The lights above are a little more industrial. We did a home tour at illustrator, Courtney Wotherspoon's loft-like apartment and it turns out that the aspiring interior designer is handy as well. She made the ceiling fixture in her entryway herself using cool-looking light bulbs and electrical light sockets. You'd have to learn a thing or two about wiring to do this yourself, but it's a pretty simple undertaking if you have the eye to create something beautiful from such odds and ends. The Schoolhouse Electric light was purchased but definitely has a homemade look. And while the diamond light has a dimension of 'pretty', it's meant to simply hang from a bare socket -- I want one for every room in the house! Imagine them in a row as vanity lighting?!

Clockwise from top left: Recycled Tube Light by Castor Media at Parts & Labour; Lightbulb cluster at Oddfellows, designed by Castor Media; Recycled Tube Light at Oddfellows.

Toronto-based "multidisciplinary design studio," Castor Media is behind the creative restaurant interiors above. Parts & Labour and Oddfellows are trendy Toronto eateries. Both feature recycled tube lights — basically old fluorescent bulbs surrounding new working lights for a totally creative, eco-friendly fixture. At Oddfellows, they've clustered what must be almost a thousand old bulbs over the bar. Real, hidden bulbs give the whole installation a pleasing glow. I love the tube light and could imagine it over a dining table in a thoroughly modern home, but maybe that's just me.

What do you think? Are you a fan of bare bulb lighting?

    Topics: Lighting, Decor


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