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    i’ve always been fascinated with light and lighting. the way it glows at night; the way it falls on wood to illuminate the figure and color … it’s all good. we’ve done a few things with it here and there .. hanging lamps over a dining table, pool table lights, (scroll down), free hanging chandeliers […]

    fun with lighting

    hot%2Bglass%2Bshade fun with lightinglamp%2Blit%2Be fun with lightingi’ve always been fascinated with light and lighting. the way it glows at night; the way it falls on wood to illuminate the figure and color … it’s all good. we’ve done a few things with it here and there .. hanging lamps over a dining table, pool table lights, (scroll down), free hanging chandeliers … mostly kind of little stuff. recently though we have been talking with the contractor on the job where we did the reclaimed chestnut cabinets and it seems there is a distinct lack of light over the couches … what to do? a hanging chandelier? there’s a wire up there, but it’s a loooong way to the ceiling.as you can see in the photo below. it seemed to sam and me that the next best choice was to make something between the beams about 9′ up that would mainly light the couch and coffee table area, in other words, where you need the light. click the photos to enlarge them …
    chandelier%2Bplace fun with lightingsam had the idea of using square steel tubing to support the custom glass shades from our friend andrew at manchester hot glass that we could use to direct the light downward and mostly eliminate seeing the bulbs up there. we discussed dimmers…
    chandelier%2Bplace%2B2 fun with lightingwe scratched it out on paper, did a little cad drawing roughly to scale, but none of our workings seemed to come across as something as exciting as we thought it could be … i decided to get out of the office and make a model. we got the measurements from beam to beam and wall to wall from matthew, the contractor and we reduced it all to 1/8th scale. the 8 x 8s became 1″ x 1″s, (convenient), and the 3 x 3 steel tubing became 3/8ths by 3/8ths, and the 2.5 square tube connectors became 5/16ths square … nice round numbers.
    lighting%2Bprototype%2B1 fun with lightingwe divided the 6′ space into 5ths, subtracted the thicknesses of the tubing and arrived at a spacing of roughly 12″ between the horizontals .. also convenient. i dotted them with yellow glue and nailed them carefully with the micropinner .. a few pins poked out but i trimmed them off or pulled them through .. we then sprayed the grid with flat black and constructed the half lapped 1 x 1 frame … it was about at this point that we realized we woudl have to create access in the tubing frame to make the electrical connections and rout the wires from shade to shade. adding the wood ‘caps’ on top after the fact seemed like a logical option that would also add interest to the fixture … lighting%2Bprototype%2B2 fun with lightingi had to mockup the shades so i spun a dowel on and angle on the edge sander, cut it to length, drilled it and the frame on the drill press and hammered them home with 1.25 x 17 brads … pretty slick…
    lighting%2Bprototype%2B3 fun with lightingi added the 8′ foot posts, but it was still kind of hard to visualize the full effect.
    light%2Bmockup%2B3%2B16%2B4 fun with lightingwell, there’s always photoshop … the first step was to get rid of the open area above the model by photographing it against a piece of black foam core … that was a start.light%2Bmockup%2B3%2B16%2B1 fun with lightingthen i realized i could put it near the edge of the counter and photograph it looking up with the foam core on top .. viola .. now we’re getting there.
    light%2Bmockup%2B3%2B16%2B2 fun with lightingthen i robbed the shade image from andrew’s website at manchester hot glass and dotted them onto the photo over the wood cones … now we’re talkin’ … i sent the two images above and the shade photo at the top of the post off to the clients and we’re going to get together on it soon … models and mockups and photoshop to the rescue again …
    fireplace%2Bwall%2Bmockup%2B3%2B18 fun with lightingthese clients are used to my photoshopping from the last couple projects we did together. above is the before image, created by photoshopping a cabinet from my website into their space, and then, below,recycled%2Bchestnut%2Bcabinets%2Bdone fun with lightingexecuting the photoshopped image … visualization … graphic communication … it’s not overrated.
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