Fancy Hanging Lights
I don’t know if there is a fear of electricians out there right now, but there seems to be an increase in overhead lights that can be plugged in, instead of hard-wired to the ceiling. Of course, it is easier than wiring what you already have (and less expensive) and some homes don’t even have ceiling lights to begin with (which I am still not used to, and I don’t quite understand why they build them that way). But, as much as I am all for quick and easy decorating, I wish these had been designed by real people, and not manufacturer’s grabbing onto a trend, throwing it into a factory, and spitting it out at the public. Lighting a home isn’t just about being able to see; if it was, then we would all just have cheap lightbulbs hanging everywhere, or a constant supply of flashlights in our pocket. We want it to look good, and, from a design point it should somehow enhance the room, instead of looking like some temporary solution on our to-do list. I love the idea of making decorating easy, but it is the execution and design of these lights that is wrong. They should come with instructions, and a lot more care, so that they really will look like the picture on the front of the box. Let’s be honest, every single one I have seen lately is hanging from a wiggly cord, looped across the ceiling, and dangling awkwardly down the wall, like a really bad Andy Warhol exhibit. So, in my effort to save you from the awful, fancy hanging lights, I have a few suggestions…. – Open the box before you buy it. If the cord is white, wrapped tight, and looks bent, don’t bother. – If you know an electrician who can add a chain to it, and/or a thinner/clear cord, then go for it. – Please don’t wrap the cord in fabric, but you can paint it if that makes you feel better. – Consider where you are going to hang it, and how you will drape/hang/celebrate/disguise the cord. – If the photograph shows just a chain, and no cord, they are fibbing. It still needs electricity. – Most of them do look better draped (in a designery kind of way) instead of pulled taut (like a bad facelift). p.s. If you have a fancy hanging light that you really do love, please send me a picture of it, and I will share it on my business Facebook page. Photograph was from Amazon but now it has been replaced with another chandelier.
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