I always enjoyed going to school and learning about new and exciting things. One of my inspirations that made me really start getting into lights, were the schoolhouse lighting fixtures that hung in my classroom. I consistently would find myself staring at them and I can remember being really fascinated by those schoolhouse light pendants.
Just a few years ago I landed a job installing lights at a school not too far from where I attended. I was also in charge of working with the designer to find some nice lights that would really fit in well. After quite some time spent browsing around trying to find some good lights I remembered the schoolhouse lights that were installed at my own school.
I went back to my old school and wanted to see if those lighting fixtures we’re still in there so I could remember what they looked like. Sure enough, they were still hanging there after all these years, and also still looked fantastic. I took some pictures of them and started doing some research to find some similar looking lights, and found on the internet.
They had all different kinds of these exact style lights, available in gooseneck, cord hung, and stem mounted options. I went with the stem mount since these would be hanging from the ceiling and was anticipating their arrival.
When they arrived, I showed the designer I was working with and she loved them also, and after we installed them, everybody else thought they were great as well.
I grew up in Northern France and my house was right on the coast by the English channel. We had a small pier that docked our families boats and my job one summer was to put up gooseneck lighting on both sides of the dock. We wanted to set up these lights so my family could take the boats out at night and also be able to fish much later in the evenings. I went to the store to get 5 new gooseneck light fixtures and I got to choose which style and color I wanted for the dock. I went with a mint green which had a nice vintage feel to it.
I got started early in the morning and was hoping I could be finished by the evening so we could enjoy it that night. The hard part about it was that the dock would sway with the current and was a tough task to get the intricate part of the installation installed correctly. I had got the first two gooseneck lights up and was marveling at how awesome it looked. Nighttime was approaching and just as I was installing the third one it started to rain. Having to deal with wires and electricity I didn’t think it was a good idea to stay out there while it was raining.
So I decided to stay out there while it was raining and got the lights put up rather quickly before the conditions got worse. I finished and was really proud of the work i did. The next morning I showed my family and they thought the lights looked great as well. We decided to go fishing that evening under the new goosenecks and we ended up catching a lot more fish then we normally catch due to us being able to stay out there longer.