vintage fixtures require some light research
Right: One of Elizabeth Mayhew\'s clients has an old-fashioned light fixture at home.
I like to buy vintage lamps.
Wall lights, lanterns, pendants and chandeliers
My renovation project
I find that old-fashioned fixtures are usually better
I like their patina better than the new fixtures, and I appreciate the unique --of-a-
They added great service to the room.
Online shopping platforms such as 1 stDibs, Etsy and One Kings Lane make it easy to find everything from the early days20th-
Century French crystal chandelier 60 s Sputnik.
But before you click on the \"buy\" button on the vintage light fixture, you need to know something.
First of all, always ask if a fixture has been rewired.
Sometimes the seller will notice this in the product description, but if this is not the case, please call or email the seller to find out.
There are many reasons for rewiring the fixtures.
It may be that the line is European, in which case it is not compatible with the USS.
The voltage, or the wire is dry and brittle --
Potential fire hazards
Re-wiring is no big deal;
It just means you have to invest more time and money.
Any reputable lighting shop can do the job for you.
Second, if you plan to use fixtures in a newly built house, you may need to have fixtures UL-
Pass the certification, otherwise you will not pass the electrical inspection.
It\'s hard for me to understand this when an electrician refuses to install a non-installUL-
Retro furniture approved by customers at home.
UL represents the laboratory of insurers, a 122-year-
The old company not only tested the lamps but also many other items, including mixers and ceiling tiles, to ensure safety.
According to John Drengenberg, UL\'s director of consumer safety, more than 22 billion items carry UL seals.
To get a UL approved fixture, you need to send it to the person who subscribed to the UL service. (
An individual or company pays a subfee to UL. )
UL users are usually large manufacturers.
This is how it works: The manufacturer sends its products to UL and UL performs a series of safety tests.
UL testing ensures that all components are working properly, the fixture is grounded, and the appropriate grade of wires are used.
Once the item is considered safe, the manufacturer can use the UL seal in all future production of the item. (
To be clear, not every item that gets a stamp has been tested. )
In order to maintain this relationship, the company continues to pay the UL annual fee, in turn, UL reserves the discovery-
Check the manufacturer\'s facilities at any time.
In terms of lighting, electricians, inspectors, designers and architects use UL seals as safety shorthand;
If something goes wrong, they see it as a protection against accountability.
For new buildings, UL certification becomes even more important when building inspectors evaluate check-in certificates for new projects.
This is the case when the electrician I hired refused to hang my client\'s old-fashioned lamps;
He did not see the UL seal above, so he would not hang it for fear that the building inspector would quote him, thereby endangering his permit.
The problem is that it\'s not easy to find someone who can get an UL certified old-fashioned fixture.
Although Manaf uses top-of-the-line UL-Approved parts (
Sockets, wires, etc. )
He did not get UL certification in order to renovate the fixture
Approved stickers for this fixture.
Unfortunately, UL does not have enough resources to search on its website.
It has a subscriber directory, but there is no geographic filter.
This directory is only helpful when confirming that people who say they can get UL approval are actually OK.
Drengenberg suggests that if you find someone saying they can do UL certification
Check the business name in the UL directory.
He warned: \"Be careful of those who claim to be able to obtain certification.
They could be fake.
\"It\'s not surprising that the existence of UL pirates is: getting UL approval on a fixture can be expensive.
Asked three UL recently-
The certified inspector owns a five-
Socket fixture certification.
Prices range from $195 to $650.
In the end, only you can decide whether it is comfortable to give up UL certification.
Non-sale, purchase and installationUL-
The approved fixtures, as well as a large number of designers, antique dealers and electricians who are hesitant about UL\'s requirements, say it is unnecessary and strict.
In fact, when I talk to some antique dealers, they all say it\'s not cost-effective to have their fixtures
Because it takes only about 5% of the time for the customer to get approved.