|The nearly hypnotic lava lamp from the 1970s.
Copyright, Jim LaneLight: God made it, man dimmed it and spread it.
|A 19th-century oil lamp.
|Gas Lamp, Chancery Lane, London
|During the 19th-century, designers had as much fun
designing outdoor lamppost as the lights themselves.
|Tastes change; sometimes for the better, sometimes not
|The north portico lantern is one of the
oldest White House light fixtures.
|Even "cut" glass today very likely isn't.
It's only a light fixture, if it looks the same
hanging from the ceiling, why worry about
|Many artist/designers today choose
fiber optics as their medium of choice
for interior lighting.
In shopping for designer lights and lamps today, a little "bling" goes a long way, especially insofar as the wallet is concerned. The ones pictured below emphasize simplicity over expensive hardware and crystal. Designers have now come to realize that Lucite can be molded and polished to look like cut glass with little loss in the way of appearance but with a great deal of loss in cost and weight. Although most buyers don't realize it, there is a great deal of difference in the quality of light rendered by the various sources of lights today far more than in the past. Still they boil down to warm light and cool light as illustrated in the "eyes" (below) The upper set is not only lighter but cooler than the "warm" set below them. As a general rule, most thermal light sources are "warm" while florescent and LED lights, cool to the touch, are also cool as to color value too.
|Cool eyes (top) and warm eyes (bottom). light "color" makes far more differences to painters and photographers than to most buyers of lighting devices.
|Aspers Casino at Westfield Stratford City in east London. One of the most spectacular
single unity of lighting I encountered in researching this post.