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Restoration Lighting Passes Test of Time

Posted by Gavin Martin on Sat, October 02, 2010


Restoration Lighting reflects the beauty of hand turned craftsmanship inspired by the early 20th Century lighting and antiques that have surpassed the test of time. These collections feature detailing appropriate for classic or traditional decors and blend vintage design elements with today's casual living. They offer a modern interpretation of period designs with a discriminating concern for preserving historic lighting and architectural lighting with historic charm and timeless design.  


  • A chandelier, flush mount or a semi flush fixture can be used as the main light in your foyer, living room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and hallway. The bottom of the fixture should be at least 7 feet from the floor.
  • If there is a window in the foyer above the front door, center a chandelier there so it can be seen from outside.
  • Kitchen islands can be lit with multiple pendants. The bottom of the pendants should be 30 inches above the counter top, at eye level.
  • A dining room chandelier should be no wider than 12 inches less than the width of the table. The bottom of the chandelier should be at least 30 inches above the tabletop.
  • Sconces can be used for additional light in a foyer, living room, dining room, bedroom and hallway. They are hung about 60 inches from the floor, spaced 6 - 8 feet apart along the wall.
  • A bathroom should use a bathbar at least 20 inches wide over the mirror, plus a wall sconce or swingarm on each side of the mirror at least 28 inches apart and 60 inches above the floor.
  • If you have a double sink vanity, use a bathbar that is almost as wide as the mirror, or two fixtures (one over each sink). The bathbars should be mounted 78 inches from the floor, centered over the mirror.


  • Determining fixture width: Add length and width dimensions (in feet) of the room together. This number is the proper width (in inches) for the fixture to fit the room.
  • Determining fixture height: The bottom of the fixture should be at least 7 feet from the floor.


The calculation for the proper light wattage* for each room in the home:

Multiply the length times the width of the room (in feet). Then, multiply that number times 1.5.  * Wattage is based on incandescent (standard) bulbs.

The best source for Restoration Lighting is from the experts at ELK Lighting and Landmark Lighting for these craftsman and period style lighting. Lighting Catalog is the premier online retailer for these top two brands and Lighting Fixtures

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