4fLighting

Upcycled lamps and fixtures

California, United States · 116 Sales

4fLighting

Upcycled lamps and fixtures

California, United States 116 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
(44)

Announcement   "One summer afternoon I came home and found all the umbrellas sitting in the kitchen, with straw hats on, telling who they are." --Carl Sandburg

My lamps do the same thing when I'm not around: sit around, telling jokes, probably making fun of me, and laughing, blinking on and off. And why not? I made them to be laughed at (though also admired for their other qualities) so it's only fair they should return the favor.

If this makes sense to you, you're in the right place. Welcome!

Announcement
Last updated on Sep 8, 2016

"One summer afternoon I came home and found all the umbrellas sitting in the kitchen, with straw hats on, telling who they are." --Carl Sandburg

My lamps do the same thing when I'm not around: sit around, telling jokes, probably making fun of me, and laughing, blinking on and off. And why not? I made them to be laughed at (though also admired for their other qualities) so it's only fair they should return the favor.

If this makes sense to you, you're in the right place. Welcome!

Leslie Tilley

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Leslie Tilley

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Updates

New colander lamp - perfect for a pasta chef!

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New coffeepot lamp!

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I just wired this up. Can't believe how cool the shadow is!

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Dihya brass fretwork sconce - plug in or install
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About

Apparently, I live to make lamps

I’d already been making lamps for a while, here and there, when a few years back a friend started handing me kitchenware she found, saying “Make this into a light.” So I did: antique toasters, espresso makers, food mills.

After a few months of this, it started to become a bit of an obsession. My eBay tab started to mount, and way too many lamps were piling up around the house. I wanted to find homes for them, but didn’t know how.

Then I found out about Etsy.

Nowadays, I have a small workshop in my basement where I store parts and do the grubbier parts of the work: drilling, cutting, steel-wooling. The preliminary design stage also usually happens there – stacking parts on top of one another until they start a conversation, and then figuring out how to make the structure permanent.

Once a lamp is loosely assembled, it goes upstairs, and I live with it for a while: stare at it, handle it, experiment with different light bulbs, and just generally obsess. I almost always end up taking it apart again and making adjustments to refine the proportions or the finish or swap in a different piece I’ve just remembered I have squirreled away somewhere.

Finally, when I think it’s as near to perfect as it’s going to get, I reassemble it. I make all the connections good and tight, add a switch if it doesn’t have one already . . . and then fall at least a little bit in love with it. This part is crucial. If I don’t love it, I can’t let it go.

Of course, occasionally I love one so much I can’t let it go, but that’s another story.

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Shop policies

Last updated on January 4, 2015
My lamps - functional, decorative, or both - are made from objects I find. Sometimes these are vintage lamp parts, but more often they are nice old kitchen appliances or gears or bits of plumbing. The result is pieces that add levity as well as light to their surroundings.

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Payment
Paypal or Credit Card. Please pay within 3 days.

Please note that made-to-order and custom items will require a 20% *nonrefundable* deposit. This means if you cancel the order after I have purchased materials, or return it, I keep the 20%.
Shipping
Shipping costs listed are estimates for contiguous U.S. (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) and include insurance and tracking. For shipping charges to other locations, please contact me.

Charges cover shipping to East Coast from California. If you live closer and cost is significantly lower, I will automatically refund the excess. If you would like a quote for shipping to your specific location, contact me with your zip code.

By default, items are shipped via USPS Parcel Select. If you prefer faster shipping, UPS, or FedEx, let me know your preference and I will try to accommodate it, at cost.
Refunds and Exchanges
Most of my pieces are made from vintage objects on the outside, with new functional parts inside. This means they will show signs of their age, which is part of their appeal, but the works will last for a long time. Unfortunately, photographs can unintentionally either disguise or exaggerate the wear on a piece. I encourage you to take this into consideration when making the decision to buy. If you find you aren't happy with your choice, you have 14 days in which to return it for a refund of the item price, not including shipping.
Additional policies and FAQs
If you have an object you think would make a good lamp, I may be able to help. Use the link to request a custom order or drop me a note. Custom orders are subject to a 20% nonrefundable deposit, as noted above.