You know when you’re looking online for lighting and you’re like, “Let’s see what the handmade-in-the-USA-we-treat-our-employees-not-unlike-humans-we-don’t-destroy-the-environment sites have to offer?” And then they cost like $2,000? That happens to me too! Then I go to the big box store and the options are dismal (antlers, anyone?) or how about the lovely “center bowl” style? Barf in my face. Barf down my shirt. And not to mention there are 10,000 options. Then you narrow to bronze (which is the color I want in my dining room) and oh goody, I’m down to 3,000 choices for chandeliers! THEN if you’re like me you’ll actually find an option you want only to put it in your virtual shopping cart but be too wishy washy to actually pull the trigger and when you go back to buy that light fixture two months later you find that it’s out of stock and discontinued. This has happened to me multiple times, people!
So I decided I want to replace my two dining room light fixtures. One is a lovely cream colored track lighting system from maybe 1990 if I’m being generous. It’s probably from the 1980s. It has six horrid lights. The other is directly over the dining room table and it’s very near the track light and it is a flushmount bowl style light. Exiting!! It’s bronze. I want to replace it with a chandelier that doesn’t suck and I want to replace the track lighting with more track lighting. I hate track lighting, but nothing else will really work with the space and I don’t want to go to the trouble of pulling it all down and repairing the ceiling trim that it hangs from. Actually, now I’m starting to wonder – what if the lighting is too small to cover any damaged areas? Because I want a bronze track light with only 4 lights because I think 6 is ostentatious to say the least. So I might be screwed either way. Hmmm! I think at times the space could use the extra light.
Here’s what I’m considering for track lighting:
Studio 4-Light Oiled Rubbed Bronze Dimmable Fixed Track Lighting Kit at Home Depot
allen + roth Bristow 4-Light Specialty Bronze Dimmable Fixed Track Lighting Kit at Lowe’s
allen + roth Tucana 4-Light Oil-Rubbed Bronze Dimmable Fixed Track Light Kit at Lowe’s
As far a chandeliers go, I really like this one, except it doesn’t come in bronze (definitely a sputnik knockoff):
Style Selections 18-Light Brushed Nickel Chandelier at Lowe’s
And I’m not really sure bronze would work with such a modern style anyway.
I also like this guy, who meets the criteria:
Progress Lighting Archie 2-Light Venetian Bronze Chandelier at Lowe’s
This guy from West Elm could work, and also meets the color criteria:
Mobile Chandelier by West Elm
But it costs $279 and that just sucks. West Elm does offer 15% off coupons so I could probably get it for $238.
Then there’s this globe pendant light cluster thing, and I mean, let’s get real. That is just so cool.
Saic Together Pendant Light by CB2
I also like this after it grew on me for like 15 seconds.
Trinity Pendant Light by CB2
THEN there’s the delicate and perfect lighting of my dreams:
Chesapeake Chandelier by Schoolhouse Electric
Brass City Chandelier by Schoolhouse Electric
Then I start to wonder, with any of those chandelier options being so awesome, how will the stupid track lights stand up to them?! They won’t! So yeah. I still have no clue. If you feel like talking me into something, feel free! Now I’m starting to wonder, have I ever posted about this before…?