Challenges for Choosing the Right Lights
So Many Choices … sooooo many options! Shopping for lighting has been one of my favorite parts of our renovation project. I could literally shop for lights for HOURS!! I love so many styles, finishes, sizes, shapes, and designs… that sometimes it’s hard to choose.
Lighting an Entire House
The biggest challenge in finding lighting for the remodel was the fact that we are seriously updating every existing light in the house– from pulling out 1980s fluorescent tube lighting in the kitchen to replacing all the old, shiny brass fixtures.
Overwhelming at first, finalizing the design in the kitchen and great room helped the lighting choices for the entire house come into focus.
Stay True to Yourself and your own Style
It’s hard to shop for lighting without being distracted by the many changing design trends. Know yourself or your client and stay true to their personal style (or help them find it)!
The trends in farmhouse lighting are all over the map and we found ourselves pouring through images of warehouse pendants, industrial metal fixtures, and mason jar DIY projects.
However, none of these trendier options would work in the light, airy home in the country. We had to find something stylish, but traditional. Farmhouse, yet still elegant.
The Solution to our Farmhouse Lighting Problem… Bell Jar Pendants.
Bring an Appreciation for the Past into yourHome’s Present
Bell Jar Fixtures are a historical lighting design that’s been around for literally hundreds of years. Before the invention of the electric light and light bulbs, early Americans would place candles in the bell jars, which would keep the flame alight even in the wind, rain and drafts in old homes. As we entered the 20th century and the age of electricity (thank god), bell jars stayed popular and have stuck around until today!
Before the invention of electricity, Bell Jar Lights, or Hall Lanterns, were candle fixtures. Created in the early 19th century, these antique bell jar fixtures would normally hold a single candle, sheltered from the elements by the large curved bowl design.
Some styles have hand-blown glass canopies and smoke bells which kept smoke from drifting into the rafters of homes. Most antique bell jar lights were electrified around 1920.
A Modern Twist on a Timeless Design
The new collections of bell jar lights add modern details and stylish changes to a very vintage light. In a lot of ways bell jars resemble our own remodel project –a loving update of the old and an appreciation for the past. Today’s collections of Bell Jar Fixtures feature metal chains, hardware in multiple finishes, bowls in a variety of shapes and sizes, and textured glass options that will blow your mind!
Practical, Functional, Timeless Design
One reason these bell jars have remained a “fixture” (like that?!?), in homes over the years is the fact that they are both functional and versatile. Many of these lights have multiple mounting options that allow you to incorporate them in rooms throughout the house. They are not meant to just hang over the kitchen island or in stairwells, but can be flush-mounted in foyers, bedrooms and mudrooms.
Below are some of my favorite bell jar fixtures and some that I’m considering for our farmhouse remodeling project. Hey… we have a whole house to fill, right?!? Links to where you can purchase each fixture are below the graphic! Enjoy!
Bell Jar Fixtures are versatile and can hang in every room of the house.