Historical Jacobean Lighting for Period Homes, Wooden Lights

Bespoke Lights collection of reproduction Jacobean lighting. To replicate lighting that is in keeping with the Jacobean period use forged wrought iron light fittings with metal candle sconces and candle drips. Entrance halls were all important during Jacobean times and wealthy citizens ostentatiously decorated their halls using their most richly adorned chandeliers as a sign of their wealth. Additional lighting would have been provided by wall sconces and candlestick table lamps. If wood was plentiful light fittings were made from local wood decorated to compliment the heavily carved Jacobean staircases and wooden furniture.

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Lighting during Jacobean times would have been provided by rustic metal chandeliers and light fittings in wrought iron, dark bronze, antique black and pewter along with dark wooden ceiling lights and wall lights. They were similar in many ways to light fittings from Elizabethan times but with a few differences. Jacobean period lights would have been decorated with Renaissance and Roman or Gothic style motifs. Lights in the Jacobean era would have included stems with intertwining leaves, elaborate Flemish scroll work, mythological beasts and figure heads in profile on dark wrought iron fittings.

During the Jacobean era there were still only three ways to light a room - candles, primitive oil lamps and rush lights. Oil lamps were shallow vessels made of stone or metal containing oil with a floating wick. They were often suspended on wire from a nail or hook but did not give a good light and were mainly used in poorer homes. Candles were used in simple candlestick holders and placed on tables or in a candle stand. Normal households would have had just one candle in a room placed on a central table. Candle holder were made in brass or bronze for the better off or in wrought iron or tin for the cottagers. If wood was readily available candle sticks and rush light holders were made from local wood.

To reproduce the feel of Jacobean lighting today use wrought iron chandeliers with candle bulbs teamed with matching wall sconces and metal candlestick style table lamps. Alternatively, used rustic style wooden light fittings with candle lights and matching wooden wall lights to echo any wooden staircases, wall panelling or dark carved wooden furniture. Dark wooden standard lamps would not look out of place and will give additional mood lighting. A carefully selected Tiffany style lamp could also be selected to echo the rich tapestries and leaded windows of this era.

At Bespoke Lights we believe that lighting should provide the perfect solution for your room and this is why we offer our bespoke lighting service. We will work with you to design and create exactly what you want. Using our own select network of custom lighting manufacturers we can fabricate reproduction Jacobean lights that are in keeping with your period home. If you are unable to find what you are looking for in our on-line shop, please contact our friendly and experienced team here at Bespoke Lights.

Lighting a period home can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. Our guide to 'Lighting Through the Ages' has lot of hints and tips to help you choose the right light fittings. Simply click on the link below.