5 Things to Consider When Investing in Vintage Lighting
Like fine wines, vintage lighting just get better with age. Crafted with exquisite and unusual detail, it can often serve as the showpiece for any room in your home. Whether your taste leans toward Tiffany table lamps, classic mid-century pendants or art deco wall sconces, aged fixtures also can infuse a room with period flavor.
At Table M, we offer a wide selection of custom and bespoke table lamps, antiques, and vintage lighting that serve as beautiful accents for your home. We want you to get the most of your investment, which means doing some homework before you buy. Here are some things to consider:
1. Get a second opinion: Even if you're confident in your lighting retailer, it can be wise to seek a the opinion of a professional appraiser, who can confirm the maker, period, materials and value of your lamp. Written documentation is helpful for insurance records as well.
2. Check the wiring. After you've purchased your vintage lighting, take it to a licensed electrician for an opinion on the soundness of the wiring.
3. Confirm the bulb size and wattage. Ask about the most appropriate type of bulb for your lighting fixture. Because today's standard bulbs may not fit, inquire whether you'll need a specialty version or an adapter. 4. Find a good parts supplier. Missing pieces sometimes come with the vintage territory, which is why retailers that specialize in antique lighting parts can be an invaluable resource.
5. Clean and restore with care. Find out whether the finish or your vintage light requires specialized cleaning products or methods to prevent damage. Pieces with significant wear and tear might need professional restoration to make them sparkle again.
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At Table M, custom lighting is not only our business, it’s our passion! We’ll help you create the kind of lighting accents that will turn your home into a showplace. We value your business and always do our best to provide the highest level of customer service. For more information, give us a call today.