Happy Birthday To Me!

My birthday was earlier this month.  I’m not a big birthday person so there was no cake and ice cream, but I did order myself a special present.  These lookers…Glass Inslutators

Photo courtesy of Tom Katz @ www.etsy.com/shop/luceantica

These are glass insulator pendants lamps.  And no, you can’t have mine.  I saw them on Pinterest, of course, and found a nice man in North Carolina who makes them.  His Etsy shop is called Luce Antica and he makes these pendant lamps along with many other cool lighting products.

When I first saw the picture of one of these lights on Pinterest, I didn’t know what a glass insulator was.  All you smarties out there can shake your head while I explain to the rest of you that a glass insulator is a type of electrical insulator, which is a material whose internal electric charges do not flow freely, therefore it does not conduct an electric current. Insulators are used in electrical equipment to support and separate electrical conductors without allowing current through themselves. A glass insulator attaches electric power distribution or transmission lines to utility poles and transmission towers.

Tom lists his glass insulator pendants for $65.99 each.  I “splurged” on the highest quality light bulb because these are going above my sink which is currently really poorly lit and I wanted it to be bright over there.  No more missing spots when doing the dishes!

The total cost for (2) ice blue Hemingway 42 insulators with white cloth covered cords, chrome canopy and strain reliefs, and (2) 40W krypton bulbs was just about $150 with $17 shipping.  I thought this was a fantastic deal as most pendants you see from large retailers are $80 and higher (sometimes much higher!)  And most of those are not even made in the good ol’ U-S-of-A with recycled parts.

Here’s what they look like hanging in my kitchen.IMG_0604

They are a little hard to see through the window, but that’s really why I like them.  They are light and airy and a perfect fit in the space.  I really thought I needed two pendants in here because I wanted them to hang in front of the window and if I only had one, it would hang between two, where the basil is in the picture above.  But many of the options I found would have been too large to have two of them (not to mention expensive), so I am so thrilled to have found these.

And I am glad that I went with the highest watt bulb, it’s so much brighter in the kitchen now and I love that when I am cooking and cleaning at night.  Here’a shot with the light on.IMG_0612

And, for all those real detail orientated people, here’s a shot looking up at the ceiling where they are installed.                                                                IMG_0608

You can choose the finish of the canopy and strain reliefs as well as the type/color of the cord.  Tom also has some insulators that a clear as well as a dark blue.  If you don’t see what you are looking for on his Etsy shop, just email him, he’s great to work with and is happy to do custom orders.

I am so pleased with this little kitchen upgrade.  It was truly a great birthday present.

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