A Green Home: Window Light Fixture

| 2/14/2011 3:39:42 PM

Tags: a green home, jaci kennison, window, light fixture, lighting, light, window frame, recycle, reuse,

Jaci KennisonJaclyn Kennison is a freelance writer living and playing in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She owns and manages an art gallery and event venue between fits of shopping and redecorating. 

My significant other and I still live in an apartment. We have long dreamed of home ownership and until the right home in the right location comes along, I often catch myself day-dreaming about décor, storage, layout, wall treatments and other green-girlie ideas. To be totally truthful, I keep a sketchbook of my ideas near my desk with all my old issues of Natural Home magazine. (Yes, seriously.)

A while back we found what just might be our perfect home. In a fit of excitement, and to pass a particularly cold Saturday, we wandered around our local home improvement store to get ideas on design. We found inspiration in almost every department—except the lighting department. The designs were overly artificial versions of potentially natural looking elements, or they looked as if they belonged in a museum. Nothing had charm, or whimsy, or style—at least not in my opinion.

I spent the next several days occasionally wandering around in my head for ideas on how I would solve this issue, should we buy this house. The ceilings were low, so I wanted something that would sit close to the light. The rooms are very small, so it would have to be small. I wanted it to be mostly clear to let as much light through as possible, have some style but not overwhelm the space, and it would have to fit with my very outdoorsy style. One sunny afternoon, inspiration struck—a window!

Often there are windows for sale in newspapers or garage sales, and if you can’t find one there, check with your local construction company. Remodeling projects often leave people with whole walls and rooms—and windows—to dispose of.

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Recycle old windows into light fixtures. Photo Courtesy acobox.com. 

6/17/2014 9:54:59 AM

My husband came with a similar idea when we decided to make a house remodeling but unfortunately we could not find window frames that would fit with the fixture so we decided to make an order at http://www.andysglass.com website. We managed to get a huge discount and were very happy about that because with the saved money we bought a brand new AC system.

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