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School House Style Fixtures

Timeless Vintage Schoolhouse Design - Decades ago bare bulbs first sought shelter in opaque glass globes which hung from classrooms, libraries, courthouse, and kitchen ceilings back in the early 1920s. With their interesting angular lines and practical light diffusing quality these hard-working school house lights became a popular choice anywhere a good task and ambient light was needed.
As the demand for them increased the original white flare globes soon took on more geometric forms and fancier metal fitting. Most of these early classic fixtures used a kind of glass called milk glass. Milk glass was first called opal glass and was originally made in Venice in the early 16th century. Back then it came in blue, pink, yellow, brown, black, and of course white. The effect of milk glass happens when they are producing the glass by adding either tin dioxide or bone ash to give it the opal finish we all know.
Today, schoolhouse-style vintage fixtures are still appreciate for their timeless good looks and style- and are a great addition to kitchens, baths, and other light starved areas of your house and especially when you want to give your space a retro flair.

School House Style Fixtures

Timeless Vintage Schoolhouse Design - Decades ago bare bulbs first sought shelter in opaque glass globes which hung from classrooms, libraries, courthouse, and kitchen ceilings back in the early 1920s. With their interesting angular lines and practical light diffusing quality these hard-working school house lights became a popular choice anywhere a good task and ambient light was needed.
As the demand for them increased the original white flare globes soon took on more geometric forms and fancier metal fitting. Most of these early classic fixtures used a kind of glass called milk glass. Milk glass was first called opal glass and was originally made in Venice in the early 16th century. Back then it came in blue, pink, yellow, brown, black, and of course white. The effect of milk glass happens when they are producing the glass by adding either tin dioxide or bone ash to give it the opal finish we all know.
Today, schoolhouse-style vintage fixtures are still appreciate for their timeless good looks and style- and are a great addition to kitchens, baths, and other light starved areas of your house and especially when you want to give your space a retro flair.
Ceiling Fan Buyer's Guide
 - Ceiling Fan Buyer's Guide
Choosing the right ceiling fan is more than just picking the right style and color. There are some key points that you want to keep in mind so that you make sure you get the right fan- so you not only cool your room correctly and efficiently, but you get years of use and enjoyment from your fan. Use our ceiling fan guide to help pick the perfect fan for your home. Read More
Pendant Lighting Buyer's Guide
 - Pendant Lighting Buyer's Guide
Pendants have become increasingly popular when current kitchen trends moved to an open floor plan, placing the kitchen into the public area and increasing its usage as a gathering space. Pendants help break up the open space and provided comfortable lighting with a dramatic visual impact. They are designed as great decorative lighting, which says a lot about your personal style. Decorative lighting is meant to be seen and add huge visual style to a room. Because of this, pendants come in a large array of colors, designs, and sizes. Read More
How to Buy a Bathroom Light Fixture
 - How to Buy a Bathroom Light Fixture
Good task lighting can make or break a bathroom. If done poorly, your bathroom lighting can produce shadows, glare and can create an unpleasant appearance. As with most lighting, bathroom lighting is best layered to give several lighting levels. It is good to have general lighting that produces light to maneuver through the room, task lighting for the daily functions, and ambient lighting for a pleasant atmosphere. Read More
Installing a Bath Light Fixture
 - Installing a Bath Light Fixture
Tips for your next home remodeling project. Remodeling your bath can be quick and easy if you follow these steps See all the instructions here> Read More
Bathroom Lighting Tips
 - Bathroom Lighting Tips
Great Bathroom lighting is achieved from several layers of light.  Vanity lights should be complimented with recessed, natural and if you have room, a semi flush light. .  Read More
Where to begin your Lighting Renovation?
 - Where to begin your Lighting Renovation?
Light fixtures are a perfect way to change the overall feel of any room setting. Builders and contractors often view lighting as an afterthought rather than a critical style element. The right lighting fixture can transform a room into something new, unique and exciting. LAMPSUSA offers a huge selection of the finest lighting products. LAMPSUSA carries the latest lighting styles from America's leading manufacturers including Quoizel, Uttermost, E.L.K., Kichler, Dale Tiffany, Designers Fountain, Quorum, Monte Carlo, Murray Feiss, Dolan Designs, Lite Source and more. Read More
Ceiling Fan Rotation Guide
 - Ceiling Fan Rotation Guide
In the winter the blades should rotate in a clockwise direction. This direction creates an updraft that forces the warm air near the ceiling down into the room. The air at the ceiling is 15 degrees warmer than that near the floor. Getting this warmer aid down to the floor creates comfort at a lower thermostat setting. Avoid a wind chill with the winter warming and use the fan on low speed. Read More
Atomic Clocks
 - Atomic Clocks
Atomic clocks receive a radio signal from the most accurate clock in the world, the cesium atomic clock, transmitted from the National Institute of Standards in Fort Collins, CO. The radio signal that covers the entire United States will keep your clock accurate to within one second over one million years. You'll never have to reset the clock, even for daylight-saving time! The US Naval Observatory which operated 70 "atomic clocks" provided the following background information about these clocks: 'A cesium beam atomic clock uses the exact frequency emitted by atoms of the metallic element cesium. Today, cesium clocks measure... Read More
Ceiling Lighting
 - Ceiling Lighting
Ceiling lighting is probably the easiest kind of lighting to pull off, as many of us have probably reached that point where we’ve changed light bulbs, or took down a lamp because it was malfunctioning. The ceiling is generally the most logical place to install lighting fixtures, especially for direct, functional lighting. Read More
Flush & Semi-Flush Basics
 - Flush & Semi-Flush Basics
Flush Mount or Semi-Flush Mount lights are likely the most common lighting fixtures in your home. They are versatile, don’t require much space, and are available in a multitude of styles and finishes. Close-to-ceiling lights are natural choices for closets, hallways, and small rooms. Just because you don’t have the space for a large, elaborate light fixture, doesn’t mean you have to settle for plain, boring lights. So how do you pick the perfect ceiling light? Follow these easy steps: Read More
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Ceiling Fan Buyer's Guide
 - Ceiling Fan Buyer's Guide
Choosing the right ceiling fan is more than just picking the right style and color. There are some key points that you want to keep in mind so that you make sure you get the right fan- so you not only cool your room correctly and efficiently, but you get years of use and enjoyment from your fan. Use our ceiling fan guide to help pick the perfect fan for your home. Read More
Pendant Lighting Buyer's Guide
 - Pendant Lighting Buyer's Guide
Pendants have become increasingly popular when current kitchen trends moved to an open floor plan, placing the kitchen into the public area and increasing its usage as a gathering space. Pendants help break up the open space and provided comfortable lighting with a dramatic visual impact. They are designed as great decorative lighting, which says a lot about your personal style. Decorative lighting is meant to be seen and add huge visual style to a room. Because of this, pendants come in a large array of colors, designs, and sizes. Read More
How to Buy a Bathroom Light Fixture
 - How to Buy a Bathroom Light Fixture
Good task lighting can make or break a bathroom. If done poorly, your bathroom lighting can produce shadows, glare and can create an unpleasant appearance. As with most lighting, bathroom lighting is best layered to give several lighting levels. It is good to have general lighting that produces light to maneuver through the room, task lighting for the daily functions, and ambient lighting for a pleasant atmosphere. Read More
Installing a Bath Light Fixture
 - Installing a Bath Light Fixture
Tips for your next home remodeling project. Remodeling your bath can be quick and easy if you follow these steps See all the instructions here> Read More
Bathroom Lighting Tips
 - Bathroom Lighting Tips
Great Bathroom lighting is achieved from several layers of light.  Vanity lights should be complimented with recessed, natural and if you have room, a semi flush light. .  Read More
Where to begin your Lighting Renovation?
 - Where to begin your Lighting Renovation?
Light fixtures are a perfect way to change the overall feel of any room setting. Builders and contractors often view lighting as an afterthought rather than a critical style element. The right lighting fixture can transform a room into something new, unique and exciting. LAMPSUSA offers a huge selection of the finest lighting products. LAMPSUSA carries the latest lighting styles from America's leading manufacturers including Quoizel, Uttermost, E.L.K., Kichler, Dale Tiffany, Designers Fountain, Quorum, Monte Carlo, Murray Feiss, Dolan Designs, Lite Source and more. Read More
Ceiling Fan Rotation Guide
 - Ceiling Fan Rotation Guide
In the winter the blades should rotate in a clockwise direction. This direction creates an updraft that forces the warm air near the ceiling down into the room. The air at the ceiling is 15 degrees warmer than that near the floor. Getting this warmer aid down to the floor creates comfort at a lower thermostat setting. Avoid a wind chill with the winter warming and use the fan on low speed. Read More
Atomic Clocks
 - Atomic Clocks
Atomic clocks receive a radio signal from the most accurate clock in the world, the cesium atomic clock, transmitted from the National Institute of Standards in Fort Collins, CO. The radio signal that covers the entire United States will keep your clock accurate to within one second over one million years. You'll never have to reset the clock, even for daylight-saving time! The US Naval Observatory which operated 70 "atomic clocks" provided the following background information about these clocks: 'A cesium beam atomic clock uses the exact frequency emitted by atoms of the metallic element cesium. Today, cesium clocks measure... Read More
Ceiling Lighting
 - Ceiling Lighting
Ceiling lighting is probably the easiest kind of lighting to pull off, as many of us have probably reached that point where we’ve changed light bulbs, or took down a lamp because it was malfunctioning. The ceiling is generally the most logical place to install lighting fixtures, especially for direct, functional lighting. Read More
Flush & Semi-Flush Basics
 - Flush & Semi-Flush Basics
Flush Mount or Semi-Flush Mount lights are likely the most common lighting fixtures in your home. They are versatile, don’t require much space, and are available in a multitude of styles and finishes. Close-to-ceiling lights are natural choices for closets, hallways, and small rooms. Just because you don’t have the space for a large, elaborate light fixture, doesn’t mean you have to settle for plain, boring lights. So how do you pick the perfect ceiling light? Follow these easy steps: Read More