FAQ

How To Choose A Post Light?

Think about style, scale, metal finish and decorative details, in that order, when choosing a post light to achieve tasteful curb appeal.Consider the architecture of your home, whether it is a distinct period style or a blend of styles. I often recommend choosing a lantern that echos the roof pitch, general shape, or massing of the home. Note how our hand crafted Lancaster (shown right) compliments the roof line as well as gable of this French Tudor Home, circa 1920s.Scale is equally important.  Determining the best size for your post will depend upon your preference, the lantern style and the surrounding architectural scale the lantern is meant to complement. Avoid the "lollipop look," when an over-sized lantern is placed too close to the ground.  Equally important, avoid the "pinhead look," when too small of a lantern is placed too far off grade. Mocking up a cardboard outline of the lantern size you are considering and asking someone to hold it up at the site for your contemplation, can also prove helpful in determining scale.Consider metal finishes that either relate to exterior hardware, paint colors or brick & stone hues. Consider verdigris patina if you'd like the fixture to blend with the landscape.Give yourself, your home and your neighborhood's environment a lift by investing in the right choice for your welcoming post light on a walkway or curbside.Uncertain of style and scale? Email your pictures and dimensions -- our professional design team can guide you in the right direction.      

Powder Room Sconces: How High?

Q: I am renovating my Powder Room and my electrician asked me where to mount the electric boxes. I want the look of your Sunflower Candle Sconce placed on either side of the mirror. Any guidelines?  A: I do recommend flanking a mirror with sconces rather than one atop. Practically speaking they provide an even light without shadows.  Advise the electrician to place the center of the box 60 inches above the finished floor (AFF) to place the light source around face-height. Often I encounter boxes arbitrarily placed 66 - 72 inches off the floor rather than the ideal 60 inch height for a candle sconce.  For horizontal placement consider the relationship to the mirror.  Aesthetically, you want some visual breathing room. I recommend locating the widest part of the sconce 2 - 4 inches from the edge of the mirror.

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Foyer Lighting: How Low Can It Go?

Unless your husband or wife is a pro basketball player, follow your instincts! There is plenty of room for a decorative fixture and your foyer is an opportunity to set the tone for your entire home. Keep in mind that an eight foot ceiling in a foyer is not really unusual. Even homes with vaulted ceilings have 8' to 9' high foot entryways to create intimacy in areas designed to welcome visitors.
The rule of thumb we use at Brass Light Gallery is to set the bottom of the fixture about 6'-8" off the floor. Think about it, this is the same height as a standard door opening and anyone accustomed to this spacing will not be made uncomfortable. I'm a tall person (6'-8") and my experience has been that a 16" overall length works great for an 8' ceiling.

I have a long hallway that is only 3 feet wide and gets very little daylight. This hall is lit with two flush ceiling lights with 60 watt bulbs. The fixtures look original but I want more light. What do you recommend?

First of all, sconces are out, the hallway is too narrow and besides you don't want to rewire. I recommend you use the current electrical boxes and replace each fixture with a two-light pendant. Position the pendants to run parallel with the hall. This positioning will work better for the narrow width of your hall and will spread the light throughout. This will double your light output without creating bright spots or glare.  By the way, pendants generally provide better quality of light for hallways. Because the light source is brought down from the ceiling, you will benefit from greater reflected ceiling light and a larger spread of light. If you have an 8' ceiling, choose an overall length for the pendants that falls between 12" and 16". If you have a 9' ceiling, the overall length should be somewhere between 18" and 24".  If you like the old hallway light fixtures, and the electrical components are in good condition, recycle by using in another area.  

What dimmer and lamp type should I use?

The push towards higher efficiency in lighting gives us some great options but certainly hasn't simplified the choices. Dimming is not a good idea with every lamp type (ie Incandescent, Fluorescent, LED).  Here is our take on the current state. If you are using incandescent lamps, adding a dimmer is worth considering. You will save energy and increase your control over light output. For compact fluorescent, the specialized equipment required for dimming will be obsolete in a few years. LED is the future, but has not hit the mainstream yet.  Pros and cons for dimmers and lamp type:Incandescent Lamp (Light Bulb)   -Conventional dimmer will reduce electricity consumption and will increase lamp life.   -Frequent on/off switching WILL NOT reduce lamp life.   -No warm up time.CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lamp)   -Requires special dimmers and special dimmable lamps.   -Frequent on/off switching WILL reduce lamp life.   -Requires warm up of 30-480 seconds.LED (Light Emitting Diode)   -Compatible with conventional dimmers.   -Frequent on/off switching should not reduce lamp life.   -Energy consumption is reduced with or without dimmer.   -No warm up time.   -Still an emerging technology.Our recommendation, install CFL lamps in areas that tend to remain lit for longer periods where light quality is not critical. Use incandescent lamps in areas that are frequently switched off and on, and where dimming adjustment is preferred. Give LED a try if you want to be on the leading edge of energy efficient trends in lighting.  

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Is the perforated metal bracket supposed to block light?

No. This is a heat shield. It should not be positioned above the light bulb. Position it in between the light source and the alabaster stone.

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Will alabaster burn?

No, alabaster is not flammable but it will discolor if exposed to excessive heat. Most of our alabaster light fixtures are supplied with heat shields to prevent discoloration. Never exceed the recommended wattage of your alabaster light fixture.

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How do I clean alabaster?

The best way to clean your alabaster light fixture is to wipe off the alabaster with a clean damp dust cloth. Do not use chemicals or abrasives!

How should heat shields be positioned?

Directly in between your alabaster and the light bulb.

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What are alabaster heat shields?

Heat shields clamp onto the socket to diffuse the heat given off by a lamp (light bulb). Each of our alabaster light fixtures comes with clear instructions for how heat shields should be installed in your fixture. Always position the heat shield in the space between the bulb and the alabaster portion of your fixture. Never exceed the recommended wattage of your alabaster fixture or you risk harming it.

How high above my kitchen island should I hang a light fixture?

The bottom of the fixture should hang approximately 68"-76" above the floor.

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How high above a table should I hang my light fixture?

The bottom of the fixture should be approximately 60"- 66" above the floor.

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How do you measure overall length (OAL) of your light fixtures?

We measure from the ceiling to the bottom most part of the light fixture, whatever that may be.

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What does OAL stand for?

OAL is an acronym for Over All Length.

What are Multi-socket clusters used for?

Multi socket clusters are used inside of our exterior lantern light fixtures for two reasons. One, when using Clear Seeded or Waterfall art glass for aesthetic appeal. Two, in cases where additional lamps (light bulbs) are desired. Multi-socket clusters are available on all of our exterior lanterns except for the smallest sizes.

What is a Multi-Socket Cluster?

A tight grouping, or cluster, of lamps (light bulbs) is known as a Multi-Socket Cluster. Ours generally have either two or three sockets and are often chosen for traditional lanterns for historic, aesthetic appeal if transparent glass panels such as Waterfall or Clear Seeded Glass are being used. Clusters can also be used in lanterns with more translucent art glass panels such as Gold White, Cream, or Pearl if maximum light is needed. Our Standard Sockets accommodate up to (1) 150 watt lamp while our Multi-Socket Clusters accommodate up to (2) 60 watt or (3) 100 watt lamps depending on the size of the lantern.

Where does your art glass come from?

All of our art glass is made in the USA.

What is art glass?

Art glass is a term used to describe decorative glass. Stained glass windows are made of art glass. Our exterior lantern light fixtures feature art glass panels for beauty and function. Brass Light Gallery offers 9 unique art glass options. Art glass samples may be requested by contacting our sales team. Brass Light Gallery also offers Clear Glass as an option.

Are your finishes brass plated?

No. All of our light fixtures are made of solid brass. Depending on the finish, we either polish or scratch the solid brass. Metal finishes that are colors other than brass such as: Antique Copper, Verdigris Patina, Brushed or Polished Nickel, Architectural Bronze, or Architectural Iron are authentic patinas on the brass or plated over the brass. Our artistic, high quality metal finishes age gracefully and last for years to come.

Are the metal finishes on your lights authentic?

All of our metal finishes are "real", not the inferior sprayed on variety found on most metal products.

Are your Alabaster Shades real?

Yes, Our Alabaster Shades are carved from pure alabaster stone in Southern Europe, not to be confused with man-made "faux alabaster".

Wattage and Bulbs for Different Shade Types

Please note that shade choice may change the wattage capacity of a fixture. The CN-100-A1 Glendale Candle Sconce is listed with a maximum of 60 watts, but if a #E250 Eggshell Pleated Silk shade is used, for example, the maximum is 40 watts. A glass shade accommodates 150 watts unless otherwise noted. The maximum wattage for Alabaster Cup shades is 40 watts.

What does the first letter of the Shade number mean?

Each shade model number starts with a letter to help you match the shade to the fitter size.
A = 2-1/4" fitter
B = 3-1/4" fitter
C = 4-1/4" fitter
D = 6-1/4" fitter
E = torpedo bulb clip-on
F = type A house hold bulb clip-on
H = 29mm fitter
J = 45mm fitter
K = 1-3/4" hurricane fitter
R = O-Ring

How can I tell which size shade a light fixture accommodates?

Most of our product names include the shade holder size.

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