I have the opportunity to purchase some original lighting fixtures, only problem is that they don't come with the glass. I did research on this previous thread and couldn't come up with anything. Does anybody have a source for these? What have people paid? Thanks for your time.
Unfortunately, you are not saying which fixtures you are referring to. For the 8'' and 10'' ceiling-mounted and pendant globes, I found replacements glass at the local OSH store...
I am talking about the 8" globes witht the 3" dropped stem. How much did they cost?
You can get replacement glass globes that are reasonably close to the original 10" globes--haven't tried the other sizes. The only problem I found was that the original ones had almost no lip (ridge) around the globe opening and were slightly flatter on top (not completely round). The replacement ones have more of a lip and are rounder with the result that the cap of the lighting fixture doesn't fit quite as closely to the globe. However, you have to look to see the slight separation this causes--it doesn't jump out at you.
I have bought replacement 10" globes through a Palo Alto lighting store and I don't think they were more than $10 a piece or so--OSH is probably cheaper.
BTW, you'll want to recheck the condition and connections of the ceramic socket in the lighting fixture. On mine, over time a screw had loosened with the result that a wire had been rubbed bare. We could see scorch marks on the top of the ceramic. Fortunately, you can buy a completely new ceramic socket of the same type from OSH if you want to replace it totally. Can't remember the cost but I know they were less than $--maybe $5?
IMHO, original lighting fixutres are definitely worth getting if your own home's are missing or if you anticipate adding any lights. However, don't pay too much of a premium for them--the globe fixtures were coming up pretty frequently for low or no cost as people remodelled their kitchens.
Hope the info is useful.
P.S. For the longer stem versions used in the peaked ceilings, Progress Lighting makes a modern day version. (I don't think they come in black so you'd have to repaint parts).
Old discussion: http://www.eichlernetwork.com/messages/6905.html
Yes, unfortunately even the 'neckless' globes at OSH have somewhat of a very small neck. My neighbor sucessfully used it to replace one of his pendants anyway. I was also thinking that someone with a calm hand and a dremel tool might be able to cut away the neck and make a perfect fit.
I posted this some time ago, can't find it in the archives: Stanford Electric in downtown Palo Alto has globes of the correct neck geometry to match the original Eichler globes. The OSH near me does not. Stanfor Electric in on High street at Everett. The only thing I've noticed about the glass globes there is the color is a slightly different shade of milky white, but hard to notice. This is the only source I've found for matching glass globes, anyone else have another?