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Maria S.C. Test Tube Chandelier

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This super cool recycled test tube chandelier is one of the coolest lighting fixtures we’ve seen in a long time so we wanted to feature it for you to see!

Obviously, the main feature of the of this light fixture are the 60 test tubes that you can get creative with, as in the main picture, where the users have filled the tubes with water dyed with different colors of food coloring. You can imagine the wide range of options you could come up with to suit your decor.

Another idea which you can see below is to fill the test tubes with flowers, which creates a gorgeously organic looking lit centerpiece for your room.

Check out more ideas for eco-friendly lighting in our store!

The tubes are set in two plywood bands, making for a classic chandelier shape that is similar to some Art Deco lighting styles from the 1950s. The lamp designers were inspired by the Polish scientist, Maria Sklodowska-Curie, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

The test tubes are easily taken off and rearranged or cleaned, which opens up a plethora of design options for the discerning homeowner.

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Cool Designs: Levitating Flyte Lamp

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As soon as I saw a picture of this incredible (and simple) lamp, I knew I had to do a write-up about it. It immediately catches your eye, as it really does appear to float in mid-air! I also love the warm and rich wood the designer has used. The Flyte Lamp, as its called, was designed by artist Simon Morris. The lamps are created in Sweden and made from sustainable oak, ash and walnut, and fitted with eco-friendly LED lights. Of course, its not really magic keeping the bulb in place, its a trick of magnetics, and the bulb not only hovers, it is also wirelessly powered. The bottom of the lightbulb has a tiny power receiver and a magnet, and the base of the fixture has a wireless power transmitter and an electromagnet. Result? Super cool floaty lamp.

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Want one? Get in on the ground floor. Here’s the Kickstarter page.

What inspired Morris to create the Flyte Lamp? In his own words: ““When I was 16, I dreamt of having a hoverboard and became so fascinated by magnetic levitation I began building my own prototypes with magnets. Fifteen years later I built a hoverboard prototype. Although I couldn’t ride on it, it floated in the air. I began sharing it with friends and remember the look on people’s faces. Later, I started levitating other objects, working with brands like Nike and Urban Ears to build magnetic levitation installations like shoes, headphones and speakers.“

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candle string patio lighting

One of our most favorite things about summer is spending an evening out on the patio, and as the sun goes down, the air is still warm, and we turn on the lights strung around the deck. The effect is magical, and because the lighting is so inviting, a beautifully lit patio or deck is one of the most wonderful places to entertain guests during the warm months of the year!

We use string lights for our deck, and there are so many options if you choose to go this route, all of them so pretty and quite inexpensive as well! You can string them along the walls or railings of your deck, or if your space allows it, you can string them above the space, creating a gorgeous ceiling of light that will create so much ambiance, you’ll never want to leave!

Take a look at our image gallery, filled with the most awesome patio lighting ideas you’ll ever see. I promise, you’ll be ordering up or running to the store to buy some string lighting before you know it!

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25 Amazingly Cool Industrial Pendant Lamps

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Vintage, industrial pendant lamps are one of the most enduring lighting trends of the last decade, for good reason. These classic looking lamps add a very cool look to a variety of different decor styles. For example, in the dining room or kitchen, if you have a modern or a rustic modern aesthetic, the color, texture and shape of this kind of pendant light looks like it was made for these spaces.

Industrial pendant lights can be found in antique stores, as well as at modern furniture stores that sell upcycled and recycled furniture and fixtures. They come in a very wide range of sizes, so you can have one large single pendant above your dining room table that will fill the entire table with light, or you can employ several smaller matching (or slightly unmatched for a very cool look) pendant lights for some variety.

I have seen industrial pendant lamps used very cleverly in kitchens as well, and with the right bulbs (I always recommend Edison bulbs for these kind of lights, since the aesthetic of them is perfectly at home) can provide sufficient kitchen lighting. Most of all, they look super cool and well-worn and will definitely be conversation pieces in whatever room you choose to feature them in. I’ve scoured the internets for some great examples of industrial pendant lamps used very well in different rooms.

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Unique and Cool Ideas for Bathroom Lighting

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Choosing the right bathroom lighting can really make a difference when people want to redo their bathrooms. They can create a very interesting mood in their private room that will be soothing and welcoming for guests. Most people will notice how a bathroom is decorated and if it feels comfortable or not.

People can decorate their bathrooms in various ways. They can make it have a romantic look or a nautical theme. The way that they make up their bathroom will be very personal, and the unique, modern lighting can really make a huge difference in the whole look of the room. They should be careful to install the lighting according to the directions, and they need to make sure that they understand how to care for it after it is installed.

Since using great lighting in a bathroom can make it feel a lot cozier, many people decide to use special lighting in the room. They want it to be a place that they can spend relaxing time in. Creating a special atmosphere in a bathroom is important because both the people that live in the home and guests will spend time in the room.

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Vintage Lighting Ideas for Your Bedroom

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There is little that can add to the vintage feel of a bedroom that the addition of vintage bedroom lighting. While modern bedrooms are lit with designs that are often simple, vintage lighting can open a whole new world as their rustic design and elegance lend themselves to the overall decor of the room.

For whole room lighting, choosing a low-hanging light or fixture that illuminates the area softly is a great way to get started. This will not only provide your vintage bedroom with soft light, but you’ll also have a rustic and antiquated appearance that you’ll love. For those seeking a bit more elegance, lighting the bedroom with a vintage chandelier is a great way to spice things up.

Additional lighting like floor lamps, nightstand lamps or even headboard lamps may also lend themselves to a properly-lit vintage bedroom. A vintage headboard lamp can provide you with light to read by while also serving as an excellent light source that is easily turned off without ever having to get out of the bed.

With proper lighting and vintage fixtures, your vintage bedroom can offer you all of the comfort and warmth you could hope for while providing a wonderful sleeping experience.

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Vintage Lighting with Beautiful Edison Bulbs

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With the public’s design aesthetic leaning more and more towards an old fashioned, vintage look – lighting and lamps are one of the design elements most easily utilized for achieving this fantastic rustic modern look.  Vintage lamps that house Edison bulbs have started showing up everywhere.   You can find these gorgeous lightbulbs inside wrought iron globes and cages, in chandeliers, or just hanging from cords.

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Because these light bulbs give off such a soft and pleasing light, they can be hung bare, and their antique look is the most popular trend in lighting design in homes, offices and restaurants. We’ve collected a gallery of images that show the huge variety of Edison Bulbs you can buy.

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Garden Lights

Decorating the backyard of a house is very important to many people. They like to have a nice yard and garden for themselves, and for when other people come over to visit. One of the best ways to make your backyard a warm and inviting place, is to select the best lighting for that outdoor space.

With these backyard lighting solutions you will be able to create a very nice atmosphere in your backyard. The lighting works tremendously, and it is easy to put up. You should ask someone to help if it involves extensive wiring. A lot of the newer systems utilize LED lighting or even solar lighting, so you can make this project as green as you like!

 

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Cool Vintage Bathroom Lighting Ideas

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When you think of the word vintage, the first thing that comes to mind is something old. In terms of decorating, it is possible to believe that your decor will give an old fashioned appeal. Vintage-designed bathrooms are becoming more popular in this modern day era. While considering the particular style, it is important to keep in mind the type of vintage bathroom lighting you will use. For a vintage-style bathroom, the lighting should not be as bright as it would be in a more modern style bathroom. The idea is to give off a cozy, soft and relaxed feel. Vintage bathroom lighting can be mixed in with pretty wall sconces to give off the more retro appeal.

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Picking The Right Modern Work Space Lighting

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When you are looking to light a work area, your first concern needs to be your ability to see what you are going to be working on. While you can spend hours looking at different fixtures and seeing how they fit into the overlook landscape of the room, if you aren’t able to see what you are doing with the lighting it isn’t going to do any good.

With that in mind, you need to start with the type of lighting that you need and work backwards from there. Different types of work needs different types of light; some type of work needs, bright lighting, while others are best with soft lighting. When you decide what type of light you need, and what type of coverage is needed throughout the room, you can then move onto which types of fixtures you can use.

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