Staircase Lighting

I have been on a quest to eliminate all the boob & spaceship lights in the storefront.  There are only two remaining; in our guestroom and at the top of our staircase. The light in the staircase actually burned out a few months ago, and we have not yet replaced it.  The ceiling is 25 feet tall in the staircase, and we didn’t have a ladder tall enough to reach it.

The (dead) light at the top of our staircase

The (dead) light at the top of our staircase

We decided we’d replace the light fixture & bulb at the same time and borrow or rent a ladder to get it done. Problem is, we just haven’t found the right light. We wanted something that looked nice from the top of the stairs, wasn’t too overpowering. We wanted something light but pretty, and that hung down a few feet. We also needed a fixture that wouldn’t break the bank.

While browsing through HomeSense the other day, I spotted this light in the center isle.

Glass Pendant from HomeSense $59

Glass Pendant from HomeSense $59

It’s almost exactly the same as a West Elm Glass Jar Pendant but for half the price. I scooped up the light and headed for the checkout.

Now we had to deal with the issue of not having a ladder. Thankfully our awesome neighbors were home and let us borrow their ladder. Phew!

We delicately maneuvered the ladder up and over our staircase (this is the biggest obstacle in getting things up our stairs) and put socks on the end of the ladder so it wouldn’t bash up the walls.

The Switchback Staircase

The Switchback Staircase

The ladder in the staircase

The ladder in the staircase (see how skinny & tall the staircase is?!)

El Granto making his way up the ladder

El Granto making his way up the ladder

Once El Granto precariously climbed up the ladder, he realized that it wouldn’t work. The way the ladder was positioned he couldn’t reach the light. S%#t! So down he came, and we tried to move the ladder around to a better position. Thankfully we leaned it against the other wall and it worked. El Granto climbed back up and set to taking down the old light.

El Granto doin his magic

El Granto doin his magic

I stood at the bottom being the lackie handing El Granto things when he needed them and hoping he didn’t fall to his death.

10 minutes later and we had a new light!

The light! (view from the top of the stairs)

The light! (view from the top of the stairs)

The Light (looking down the staircase)

The Light (looking down the staircase)

The Light (from below looking up from the bottom of the stairs)

The Light (from below looking up from the bottom of the stairs)

We purchased a 60 watt Edison Bulb from a (great) local shop Metropolis Living. It casts a beautiful warm glow in the staircase, and I love the look of the Edison bulb (will try to break out the tripod this weekend and get a better shot of the bulb for ya.) The light hangs down about 5-6 feet and its the perfect height.

Now I need to paint the staircase walls, frame & hang a gorgeous painting we have for the staircase landing wall, and perhaps a nice plant for the landing.

What do you think? Better than the big box lights?

SOURCE LIST:

Materials:

Glass Pendant – HomeSense
Edison Bulb – Metropolis Living

Tools Used:

Screw Driver, Ladder

Difficulty Level (on a scale of 1-5):

Three out of five

(extra hammer for being on a ladder 20 feet off the ground)
Total Cost: $80 ($60 for light and $20 for the bulb)

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