Best New Traditional & Modern Lighting Fixtures

Steve Sheinkopf  |  June 22, 2014  |  3 Min. Read

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I just returned from the Dallas Trade Market yesterday. Every major lighting company has a display and there are literally thousands of lights in this massive market. I brought my niece (and future boss) and explained the changes since my first trip in 1989.

Lighting and lighting fixtures are really different than 1989 in every aspect from where you buy a light to what company and light you will buy.

The Problems With Buying Lighting

Back in 1989, there were actually many excellent companies located in New England like Sturdy Lantern, Nulco and Wilshire. hese companies were around for a couple of generations and they produced a truly great product in terms of durability and design.

They were all bankrupted by much cheaper imports from China. The products were not as good, but the price was 50% less at least. They couldn’t compete on price and were not marketing savvy enough to talk about quality.

I personally hate seeing family companies closing up shop. It has had vast implications on our economy. However, it has implications for the lighting industry. Instead of interesting new products, lighting has become an industry of knock offs and imitators.

It has implications for you as well. Lighting has a return rate of about 20% or 1 out of 5 products is returned.

That’s incredibly high

Is it possible to buy a really good light without spending a fortune?

The answer is yes, but there are far fewer companies to consider. There are still companies who care about design and quality of product. 

New Traditional Lighting

Companies to consider: Hudson Valley, Visual Comfort, Framburg, Schonbek Crystal, Hubbardton Forge

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New Contemporary Lighting

Companies to consider: Tech, Fine Art Lamp, Stone Lighting, Hinkley (limited)

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How Do You Spot A Good Light?

  1. Finish: Easiest way is the quality of the finish especially designer finishes like antique brass or polished chrome. They are much richer looking. I am including shades and glass as well.
  2. Design: Better lights have qualified designers in the production process so the scale is better. The look is cleaner as well.
  3. Construction: If a light hangs crooked in a store display, it will not look much better in your home. Sockets, transformers and canopies are better quality in decent lighting.

I am not saying to break the bank for lighting. Just be aware there are decent lights in the market. Lighting does help to create the environment of every room, so know you have better quality options.

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Steve Sheinkopf

Steve is the third-generation CEO of Yale and a lifelong Bostonian. He currently resides in Boston, one mile from where he was born. Despite being one of the worst goalies of all time, he is a huge hockey fan of college hockey and the Boston Bruins. The love of his life is his daughter Sophie.

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