I moved into a new construction house 12 years ago. It's pretty standard, loosely based on a contemporary craftsman style but the builder is local and old school, so it has medium oak flooring and trim, and brushed nickel fixtures everywhere. It looks like someone built an 80s house in the 00's.
The hallway and bedrooms have basic brushed nickel boob lights, there are 7 total. The bulbs are starting to fail and I've discovered that instead of being standard fixtures, they use some weird gu24 CFL and each fixture takes 2 bulbs. I can find some of these online for $6-9/bulb, lots of reviews complaining that they didn't quite fit the fixture because it was a different brand, so I'm leaning towards matching brands which will be $9/bulb.
I'm debating between paying the $20/fixture to replace just the bulbs, or use that money to upgrade the fixtures to something more interesting.
However, I'm not seeing anything particularly great under $50/fixture (and nothing under $100 either). What would you put in a house as an upgrade from the boob lights that is still affordable for a hallway/bedroom versus a statement piece? Can you suggest anything that adds character to this basic house? I'd love something that looks sort of vintage/timeless but takes 2+ modern bulbs since this is the only lighting in these rooms. Bonus points if it has a wide base so I don't have to repaint the ceilings around the fixtures.
I love having fans in the bedroom, so if that’s something you’re thinking of, I say do it.
We replaced all of our hallway boob lights with a more modern fixture from Costco, the classiest of stores. The cost was about $20/pop and they.. disappear. They’re there, they provide light, but they just kind of don’t add or take anything away from the decor, you just don’t even notice them, and I’m okay with it. Way better than boob lights.
Susie , A ceiling fan is a good idea with the summers getting hotter here. These might be a good idea for the bedrooms.
k3am , I think I saw the same costco fixtures, but the LED isn't replaceable so I feel like I'd be changing fixtures again in 10 years. Does yours have replaceable bulbs? If so I'll keep an eye out for them when they go on sale.
Part of my hesitance in spending much on this is I don't really care about ceiling lighting because I don't spend a lot of time looking up at bright lights. The description of "they're just there" is how I feel about all my lighting, but I know some people notice these things. Honestly this thread is very validating that I'm probably over thinking this.
bee20, the bulbs aren't replaceable, but they were easy to put up and not much more than the cost of a bulb. Every single light bulb that we've bought in recently years has been expensive and supposed to last so much longer.. but needed to be replaced within 1 year.
k3am, I've seen those then, if I don't find something more exciting maybe I wait until those go on sale. I just hate how everything is moving towards replacing the whole fixture. More e-waste and longer time for me to change a fixture than a bulb.
Agree all these "longer lasting" bulbs seem to be a sham.