If you’ve been to an architectural lighting, entertainment lighting, or decorative lighting trade show lately, you should notice an interesting trend: the lack of attention to incandescent light sources. The light emitting diode has overtaken the world, and like myself, I miss the days of the warm tungsten filament in a room, bathing everything in its reach with a wider spectrum of color than its LED counterparts. Tungsten filaments, at least decoratively, have become the fine wine of our lighting generation — only those with the intelligence and artistic knowledge in using tungsten and other incandescent sources have continued to do so. The rest of the world is convinced, at the behest of excellent marketing and often regardless of price, that LED illumination is not only the way of the future but also today’s only way to appropriately design lighting.
It’s a fact that in many applications, including modern high bay methodologies and architectural applications, LED light sources are winning hearts and minds over their higher-energy-consuming incandescent cousins. Sooner than later we’re going to see higher output automated fixtures giving their HID counterparts a run for their money, too. ETC’s LED Source Four ellipsoidal, Chauvet’s Ovation LED ellipsoidal, Altman Lighting’s ME3 ellipsoidal, and Robert Juliat’s Tibo and Zep LED profiles have taken the market by storm — and have begun pushing back on the use of tungsten-halogen sources, arc sources, and even halogen sources!
On the whole, energy costs when dealing with a large facility or venue are where LED and non-incandescent sources make a monster difference in energy costs. But what about where energy costs are negligible, like in your home? If saving comparatively a few dollars here and there in your home is less important than the feeling and artistic appreciation that something like an incandescent lamp brings to you, can you put a price on your happiness? I’ve owned many a compact fluorescent lamp-based fixture in my home, and frankly I replace every single CFL with its halogen or incandescent counterpart. It’s my decision, and I do what makes my eyes and my brain happy.
On that thought, I introduce to you the work of Vintage Power and Light out of Austin, Texas — creator Lowell Fowler (of High End Systems fame) has started a new hobby art venture based on utilizing the beauty and intrigue of vintage lighting and electrical equipment tied with the warm glow of incandescent sources. Even better than just the sexiness of a glowing filament structure, Vintage Power and Light takes the beauty of an Edison filament wrap source and melds it to gorgeous finished old-world wood components, then adds stunning copper and brass connections and controls. My favorite parts of Vintage Power and Light’s work are their use of Consolidated Design glass insulators — there is nothing quite like a multi-petticoat glass insulator on a fixture with an artistic incandescent filament turning that glass into a mystical piece of glowing jewelry. GAH! This stuff is amazing!!!
Lowell and York Fowler have put an interesting new spin on the idea of Steampunk-esque design by bringing old-world components and combining them with early 20th century incandescence. The result is a stunning and refreshing take on using incandescence as not only an artistic statement, but a comfortable, familiar, and heartwarming addition to your house, office, or anywhere else that LEDs just don’t cut it.
Check out a series of gallery images below, click on any image for a light box of that gallery for your perusal!
Just make sure that you give credit where credit is due, and all of these photos are courtesy of Vintage Power and Light with photography by Tim Grivas.
First things first, Vintage Power and Light’s Table Lamps:
Vintage Power and Light’s Chandelier and Pendant series:
Got a Steampunk jones? Vintage Power and Light does that too!
Last but not least, a gorgeous offering of sconces for your collection:
JimOnLight says HELL YES to Vintage Power and Light. Awesome offerings, guys! We hope that the whole world sees your work and loves it as much as we do!
Total lighting woody going on right now… I appreciate the entire schpiel on LED vs tungsten, but what about CFL? sure, many of us hate them, and god forbid you try and find a quality, dimmable, cost efficient CFl and you might as well jump out a window. I personally have replaced all the light bulbs in my apartment for cfls, I like the idea of saving 60% and getting the same(ish) lumen output; when I moved in, the contractors who finished the apartment had installed ALL 100W incandescents around the apartment, sure it was bright but believe it or not, the apartment got very hot, very quick (not something us florida folks really need) HOWEVER, my dinning room table sports a trifecta of edison filament lamps that make my dungeons and dragons session all that more engaging. This lamp is on constantly, as I barely spend any time in my bedroom other than with the lights off for sleeping. but seeing how I spend the majority of my time hanging around my living room, I get the pleasant tungsten light, for everything form rolling dice to sitting for dinner.
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