Some Other Bright Ideas

January 25, 2004

There are various other ways to light up your home, aside from chandeliers. So what else is new? How about:

Solatube: This easy-to-install lighting unit lets natural sunlight into the home. It captures light in a dome on your home's roof and then transfers it through reflective tubing to 10- or 14-inch circular overhead lights. The 10-inch light ($255.73) produces as much light as two 100-watt lightbulbs; the 14-inch light ($363.35) shines as brightly as three 100-watt bulbs.

These lights can be installed anywhere, including hallways, closets and bathrooms, and can be turned on or off like traditional lighting.

Solatube is available at Building Improvements Depot in Baltimore (410-644-3232). Visit or call 800-966-7652 for information.

Mouthblown Italian Glass Pendants: Install these 5 1/2 -inch tall and 4 3/4 -inch wide pendant shades ($120 each) from W.A.C. Lighting above counters, bars or tables in the kitchen or den. They can be suspended from a ceiling individually, in a group, attached to a monorail system or on a track lighting system. Six feet of braided cable, plus a hang-straight tube, is included. Matching wall sconces and other glass companion items are available.

The pendants are available at People's Electrical Supply in Baltimore (410-752-5335). Visit or call 800-526-2588 for information.

Retro Nickel Table Lamp: Brushed nickel is in, and not just for chandeliers. This retro-styled nickel table lamp ($87) from Bellacor's Crush collection features a collapsible white paper drum shade and a pull-chain switch. The lamp takes one 150-watt bulb and measures 32 inches tall by 17 inches wide.

Visit www.bellacor. com or call 877-723-5522 for information.

Sicilia Mosaic Ceiling Light: This handmade glass mosaic fixture ($168) from Ballard Designs features dozens of tiny glass tiles. Colors of the Mediterranean -- oranges, yellows and greens -- adorn the ceiling light's tiles. The fixture holds three 60-watt bulbs, and it measures 7 inches in height by 13 inches in diameter.

Visit or call 800-367-2775 to order.

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