Not long after Thomas Edison developed the incandescent light bulb in 1879, the “schoolhouse” glass shade was developed and became the popular choice where task, ambient and diffused electric lighting sources were needed. These opaque glass globes were found hanging in libraries, courthouses, offices, classrooms, hospitals and other public buildings; as well as in residential settings; in kitchens, baths and mudrooms.
Although, humble in looks with clarified lines and ample proportions, schoolhouse style lighting is iconic, becoming a benchmark for other similar products with designers and manufacturers alike.
Schoolhouse is a true American classic, and lends itself from Retro to Modern style, and is just as popular as it was in the 1920s. It remains widely used in private and institutional settings and continues to illuminate with timeless, unadorned good looks. We give it an A!
Where can I purchase Schoolhouse lighting?
Rejuvenation – http://www.rejuvenation.com/
Schoolhouse Electric – http://www.schoolhouseelectric.com/
Hudson Valley Lighting – http://www.hudsonvalleylighting.com/
Barn Light Electric – http://www.barnlightelectric.com/
Vintage Hardware and Lighting – http://www.vintagehardware.com/
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