One way to dramatically change a room is to replace the prominent light fixture. That can mean changing the ceiling light, wall sconces, or table lamp. Adding a 70s light fixture will definitely add character to a room or be that piece that pulls it all together.
It doesn’t matter if you are renovating an older home or putting in a light fixture for the first time. A retro light will draw attention in a significant way.
Fortunately, several people worldwide know others want retro lighting, and they find great pieces, clean them up, and put them up for sale.
Take a quick look at Etsy for 70s lighting, and you will find many authentic lights and some reproductions.
70s Light Fixtures As Works Of Art
The 70s light fixtures were diverse, as you can tell from the pictures above. You could find plastic, lots of crystals, glass, and macrame-covered lights. Color and style were starting to be what everyone wanted. Gone were the dull, completely practical lighting fixtures.
Some lights were artistically extraordinary. Creative people would make a fantastic piece of art with light added to it, and then the ower had a work of art that was also functional.
Vibrant Blown Glass Adds So Much Color
Glass blowing has been around since the first century BC. But the 70s took it to a whole new level. Adding in bright, vibrant colors with smooth edges and a style that has no comparison.
Colored glass light fixtures lead two lives. When they were non in use, their color was a rich darker hue. When the light was turned on, they had a lighter hue. Keep this in mind if you are looking to buy one, as you need to plan for both shades of the color.
You can find vintage 70s light fixtures or reproductions on Etsy or eBay.
70s Light Fixtures – Space Age
NASA went to the moon in 1969 and helped bring a lot more attention to the possibility of aliens. The light designers of the 70s were there to make some great light fixtures to add a little Science Fiction to your home.
Lights that looked like they were either looking at you with their own alien eyes or examining you.
Vintage 70s Stained Glass
Maybe one of your first memories of stained glass lighting was from dining at Pizza Hut. We all thought it was super fancy. Stained glass 70s light fixtures can still be found online.
These lights are beautiful and can be found with some texture to the glass panes or not. They give any room a great style with excellent lighting. There are a few different styles, some with rounded edges, some more flower-like.
Reproductions of 70s stained glass light fixtures are easier to find, and they still look authentic as they have a classic kind of beauty.
What Kind Of Lighting Do You Need
There are many factors to consider when deciding on which light is suitable for a space.
Here are several things to think about.
- which room is the light going into
- what type of light do you envision: flush to the ceiling, pendant, wall sconce, wide chandelier, etc
- how many lights are needed to light the room properly
- how long can your light be without hitting something or hitting your head
A quick google search for 70s light fixtures will bring you a lot of options. Places like Etsy and eBay have sellers with ratings to enable you to see if they are trustworthy. You will be able to see if they ship the lights securely. You will also be able to ask them questions about the light.
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Jill Davis, author for Life So Ever
Jill Davis grew up on army bases in the USA and Germany and has spent her adult life on the East Coast. She resides in Virginia where she gets to enjoy lots of hiking trails, kayaking, and other outdoor adventures. No recipe intimidates her and she is always up to try most foods. Her second language is sarcasm and she always looks for the good in life.