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Briton Hadden Memorial Building Lighting Restoration Completed

Briton Hadden Memorial Building Lighting Restoration Completed

New Haven, CT – Grand Light has completed restoration work on four historic lighting fixtures from Yale University’s Briton Hadden Memorial Building, home to the Yale Daily News.

The fixtures include a large chandelier, two wall sconces and an exterior lighting fixture. When the fixtures first arrived at Grand Light’s shop, they were carefully dissembled, inspected and documented before work began. The large chandelier, which had a thick coating of dirt and grime, was then thoroughly hand cleaned and detailed with a special cleaning solution exposing a copper and steel frame with its original nickel plated finish in excellent condition. This finish was then given a incralac protective coating to preserve the finish. The chandler was rewired accommodating medium base A lamps. Four cracked amber seeded glass panels were slumped and re-leaded. Other glass cylinders were repaired as needed.

Yale Daily News Historic Lighting Restoration

The exterior fixture from the main entrance was rewired using a compact fluorescent with electronic ballast in a water-tight enclosure located inside the fixture back box. The outer bronze frame was cleaned, preserving the original finish. A new galvanized back box was fabricated, replacing the corroded original.
Yale Daily News Historic Lighting Restoration

Two sconces consisting of a 1-light and a two-light fixture from the interior of the building were restored. Both sconces originally had star shaped components attached to the arms extending from the backplate of the fixtures. Two of these had been lost and needed to be replicated. Both fixtures were sandblasted to remove the original paint, and then repainted before an incralac protective coating was applied. Both fixtures were rewired with 32 watt compact fluorescent lamps, and given new frosted glass cylinder shades. Due to space limitations, the electronic ballasts were remotely located remotely in the J boxes provided by the contractor.

Upon completion the fixtures were inspected and hipot tested. To make sure the chandelier was protected during re-installation, a wooden frame was constructed to hold the chandelier in a hanging state. The fixture, along with two wall sconces and exterior lighting fixture were then carefully packed for transportation and then delivered to the job site by Grand Light’s team.


About Grand Light:

Grand Light, located in New Haven, CT since 1929, is an experienced restorer of historic lighting fixtures and a manufacturer of custom lighting fixtures. We have restored, replicated and manufactured custom lighting fixtures at every scale. Past projects include work for clients such as Yellowstone National Park, Yale University, Minute Man National Historical Park, the Shubert Theater, the New Haven Museum and the Otesaga Resort Hotel.

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