The problem is that conventional construction has lots of room for the light housing and a regular flood bulb (LED or CFL). I’m thinking the market for such a product may be too small to warrant development of a low profile product. The main problem may be that the LED bulbs tend to be the same size and shape as conventional bulbs.
I really would appreciate feedback from anyone and everyone who uses this chat site to sort of poll opinions about recessed lighting in Eichler homes. I have heard few criticisms on this, and because we have been doing this type of lighting retrofit more and more lately; I am very interested to know what the range of opinion is on the architectual/design perspective in the Eichler communities that pay attention to this website. Please don’t be shy, I’d like to hear from everyone, from you purists out there, to the those that believe in extreme Eichler modification. As an individual who has spent 20 years inhabiting and 15 years+ working on Eichlers, I am able to appreciate the merits of all perspectives of designing these unique homes. Please try to be tactful, as it is not my intention to cause any feuding.
They added lighting to the hallway and the closet where battery-operated wall lights once hung. The lighting for the house cost the pair more than $8,000—about 15 percent of their overall remodel budget.
David Thompson, another Long Beach Rancho owner, was also a victim of outdated lighting in his home. “There was no overhead lighting, no task lighting,” he says. “The house was almost entirely dependent on floor lighting and lamps. Also, there was no ceiling space to run wires.”
The Benaderets hired an electrician, found lights they liked at Design Within Reach, and had track lighting installed in the kitchen. Painted white, the fixture blends right into the beamed ceiling.
Most original 1950s modern tract homes lacked lighting options. For many, a simple globe light made up most of the home’s ambient lighting. Our mid-century houses just weren’t wired for today’s elaborate lighting schemes.
Has anyone found a low profile LED recessed ceiling light fixture? Eichler style construction has only a few inches in the ceiling thickness. Recessed lights often need a small box sealed into the roof. This shows on the outside. Several Contractors have not been able to find a suitable product.
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“The globe light is what was available at the time,” says Thomas Erik Nielsen, product-marketing manager for lighting manufacturer Translite Sonoma. “It is large by nature, requires a large housing and diffuser and a central location, and consequently is rather inflexible and less than minimal in its design.”
A lot has changed since then. Lighting today, and particularly low-voltage lighting, has finally caught up with the aesthetics of modern architecture and design. New homes offer complex lighting plans, and today’s owners of mid-century homes usually want to update their lighting to incorporate new technology and fresh looks.
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“It was a dark house when we purchased it,” Danny admits. “Because of our jobs, we rarely see our house in the daytime, so we learned to appreciate the importance of light. Now, it’s wonderful. It’s comfortable. The house feels a little bit bigger. At 1,100 square feet, lighting helped expand the space.”
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There’s a good reason photographers spend so much time setting up lights at photo shoots. Optimal lighting makes people look better, helps them see more clearly, helps define objects, and introduces drama and interest into a photo.
“Back then, the lighting was half hot switches,” Krisel says. “You put a lamp into a plug in the wall. Of course, we didn’t live in caves in those days. We had some pretty nice stuff. The lighting was up to the person who lived there. You weren’t putting in recessed lighting, wall sconces. We just provided the basic minimum.”
“When we re-did the kitchen, we designed the lighting very carefully,” Danny says. “We thought about where the lighting would be in relation to the sink and stove, and we added a chandelier [a Le Klint 172B pendant] for the dining area.” They put dimmer switches on everything, which they use every day to create different ambiances.
If anyone wants more specifics on the the design, the lights are installed directly into the ceiling (tongue and groove decking) and may or may not have any visible impact on the roof (exterior), depending on the type of fixture. Any other questions, just post and I’ll reply within a day or two. thanks for your interest 🙂
Architect William Krisel knows first hand the kind of simple lighting installed in Palm Springs’ Alexander homes. He, along with former partner Dan Palmer, is famous for designing these modern tract homes, from 1955 to 1965.
The lighting update was not without its trials. The electrician had to rewire all the sockets in the kitchen and the bath to accommodate for new fixture placement and updated building codes. “Because of the track lighting flow, we rewired the circuits, punching holes in the walls to make an independent switch,” Danny says.
Alison and Danny Benaderet of Long Beach recently updated the lighting of their 1953 Cliff May Rancho during an extensive remodel. “The lighting [that was there when we came in] was horrific. The previous owners installed these ’80s ‘Star Trek’-style lighting cables from Ikea. Cables were hanging from one wall to the other in the living room, and it was sagging at the corners,” Alison says. “There was an outdoor sconce on one interior wall, a lot of floor lamps. It was really bizarre.”