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The craftsman
Vol. IV, No. 3 (June 1903)

Freeman, C. Sandford
Decorative lighting,   pp. 173-177 PDF (1.4 MB)


Page 175


                    Decorative Lighting
but with only partial success. In the case of a shaded pendant, in
order to distribute the light over the entire table, it is necessary to
employ a large, cumbersome fitting, hung
low down over the table, so as to conceal
the electric lamps; such a light, how-
ever, has frequently to be increased by
candlesticks, at a dinner party, so that the
ends of the table may be efficiently light-
ed. When artificial light is not required,
the effect in a room of such a pendant is
decidedly objectionable, and has a tend-
ency to dwarf its height.
   Further, any attempt to light a din-
ing table by lamps fixed close to the ceil-
ing, must be dismissed as impossible;
since the shadows thrown are most unbe-
coming, and the charm of a light concen-
trated on the table is lost.
   In addition to the candlesticks, it is
advisable to have a few subdued lights
aroiind the room. on a sideboard, or carv-
ing table, so that these may be turned on when the guests enter; but
great care must be taken not to detract from the central light.
    The lighting of a drawing room must be more generally dis-
tributed, and in complete contrast to the dining room. Where no
particular style of decoration is to be studied, the fittings should
be of light and elegant design, so that the electric lamps may be
concealed behind silk screens of a soft tone (cream or pale pink
preferred), in order to harmonize with the delicate surroundings.
Wall brackets or candle sconces will be found most appropriate,
and there are many good models from which a selection can be
made. Several portable reading lamps are generally required,
and these should have tilting shades, that the light may be screened
from the eyes; one or two floor standards, judiciously placed, will,
if fitted with large open shades, give a very charming effect and
form a substitute for the sconces when less light is required.
    If the drawing room be decorated in French style, the sconces
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