Historic Lighting Restoration, Preservation, & Replication Capabilities

American Artisans At Work Preserving History

Grand Light has restored, replicated, and manufactured lighting fixtures of every scale and design. Our trusted restoration experts have years of experience recreating and caring for all materials–metals, wood, plaster, resin, tin, glass and more–while maintaining a keen eye for historical accuracy. We are capable of reproducing components, shapes and finishes down to the smallest detail. From professional diagrams and plans for your project to rewiring fixtures to UL standards, our specialists have proven their reputation as exceptional lighting manufacturers and restorers.

Our lighting restoration and custom lighting capabilities include research for historic accuracy, drawings, mock-ups, metal fabrication, polishing, painting, hot and cold patina application, welding, abrasive blasting, refinishing metal components, glass fabrication, replacing all electrical components, rewiring and testing in accordance with UL standards.

Additionally, use our Contact Form or call us at 1-800-922-1469 to discuss your needs further.

On-Site Processes & Logistics

Grand Light’s on-site capabilities are an essential part of the restoration & custom lighting process. Grand Light specialists strive to ensure lighting fixtures are removed, cleaned, repaired, modified, packed, transported, and installed in the safest and most conscientious methods possible.

On-Site Processes & Logistics Include:

Disassembly, Assembly, & Testing

Our approach puts our customers first, with flexible on-site service scheduling offered at the clients convenience and without causing any disruption to daily activities. Work areas are left in the same manner it was found prior to leaving a site.

Cleaning, Modification, & Repair

Grand Light specializes in large, complex commercial luminaire restoration services, including the utilization of state-of-the-art on-site cleaning technologies, and expert repair and modification. Using a combination of Artisan Hand-Cleaning, Ultrasonic Cleaning Technology, and our engineered Hydrosonic Molecular Impact System (HSMI), we’re able to eliminate decades of accumulated debris cost effectively, time sensitive, and without disruption or removal of existing luminaires.

Packing, Crating, & Transportation

We recommend job-specific handling, labeling and transportation rules to avoid potentially hazardous situations or damage to personnel, property, or equipment. All loose components, damages/deficiencies, and component placement/alignment must be adequately labeled and/or documented prior to removal.

Supervision, Documentation, & Instruction

Grand Light offers supervision during both on-site removals and installations, prioritizing the safety of personnel and property through safe and efficient fixture handling processes.

Fixture documentation and instruction involves an on-site visit or in-factory evaluation to examine, identify, and document the existing condition, all mechanical, electrical, and finish deficiencies of each lighting fixture, and proper installation or assembly steps.

In-Factory Historic Lighting Restoration, Preservation, & Replication

Our company lighting capabilities include research for historic accuracy, drawings, mock-ups, metal fabrication, polishing, painting, hot and cold patina application, welding, abrasive blasting, refinishing metal components, glass fabrication, replacing all electrical components, rewiring and testing in accordance with UL standards.

Historic Lighting Restoration, Preservation, & Replication Capabilities Include:

Lighting Design & Engineering

Our process begins with reviewing existing documentation including sketches, architectural drawings, historical photographs, and an on-site inspection to gather the full scope of the project requirements. From there, Grand Light will develop a detailed proposal. As required Grand Light conducts research to assure the historical accuracy of all historic projects.

The creation of Custom Drawings, Modeling, Simulation, and Rendering is an important part of the process when it comes to the production of custom lighting. Whether it be a replication or modification of an existing lighting fixture, the client’s design, or a creation by Grand Light’s engineering team, our designs will serve as the blue print for our production process.

Our designs and subsequent mock-ups address the smallest of detail, allowing our clients to fully visualize the fixture before it goes into production, which reduces the possibility of error, and allows Grand Light to fulfill its commitment of delivering high quality lighting fixtures on schedule.

Material Fabrication

Grand Light has created custom lighting fixtures of every style and for every application. Our team of professional metal workers excel in Forming, Forging, Spinning, Stamping, and Hydroforming various materials such as Steel, Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Brass, Bronze, and Copper.

Grand Light’s production process in machining and manufacturing custom lighting fixtures and components in both large and small quantities; from minor components to the complete fabrication of full sized lanterns or other custom lighting fixtures, our artisans can accommodate any client specification or deadline.

With our automated lathes, stamping, and welding equipment aid in our ability to craft metal components to project specification with unparalleled design, quality, and durability. Our custom lighting team stands confidently behind their work with years of experience and dedication to quality craftsmanship.

Cleaning Systems

Grand Light specializes in commercial luminaire cleaning services, including the utilization of state-of-the-art Ultrasonic, Micro-Abrasive, and Hydrosonic Molecular Impact System (HSMI) Cleaning Technologies. Using our engineered cleaning systems, our artisans are able to eliminate decades of accumulated debris from any lighting fixture or surface.

Grand Light’s Industrial Ultrasonic Cleaning Tanks provide high-frequency sound waves transmitted through liquid to scrub clean the surface of immersed parts. The high-frequency sound waves, typically 40 kHz, agitate the liquid solution of water or solvent, and cause the cavitation of solution molecules.

Our Micro-Abrasive process utilizes fine abrasive media to generate an accurate, precise, and controllable abrasive jet to target and remove material (on the micron level). Our system is so precise it can remove ink from a business card without damaging the card’s surface.

HSMI is Grand Light’s unique, proprietary system includes powerful continuous super high steam production up to 369 degrees Fahrenheit with an integrated wet vacuum system insuring residual moisture and debris extraction. Purified dry vapor steam and integrated vacuum system guarantees spot free crystals and fixture frames.

Surface Preparation

Grand Light specialists perform testing on each fixture to determine the optimal surface profile for powder coat, paint, metal oil, or hot/cold patina application. Our processes utilize a wide range of equipment including Pyrolysis, Burn-Off, Thermal, and Blast Cabinets to remove an existing finish and smooth or roughen a surface.

Our industrial Pyrolysis, Burn-Off, Thermal Ovens and Heaters offer high-temperature, controlled burns for removal or vaporization of finish or foreign material from metal surfaces. Any remaining ash is removed through our blast cabinet services.

Our industrial Media Blast Cabinets are generally used to remove existing material (finish, contaminants, rust, etc.) or smooth/roughen a surface, all without causing damage to the original profile and aesthetic elements. Each cabinet houses a large work area and adjustable turn table to easily maneuver fixture frames and components.

Finish Application & Top Coatings

As a part of the restoration process, our artisans explore the intricate details of preserving the historical integrity of lighting fixtures including color matching and sheen of the original finish. Custom lighting finishes are available in custom painted colors, sheen, and textures as well as custom patina colors on bronze, copper, and brass components.

Our artisans can match any color or finish utilizing a variety of processes involving Powder Coat, Spray, Hot or Cold Patina Custom Recipes and Color Blending an existing finish.

Grand Light exercises meticulous techniques that are unparalleled in the application of Protective Top Coatings including binders, rust, and UV resistant protective metal oils, waxes, and lacquers with various customized sheens and tints.

Replication Casting

Our metalsmiths can fabricate a variety of materials by hand forging or producing components utilizing the Lost-Wax and Sand Casting Processes. Our custom cast metal fixtures offer complex design, quality, and durability.

The Lost-Wax process consists of utilizing existing components replicate intricate detailing, shape, and size through the combination of custom molds, wax patterns, and ceramic shells. This process offers great precision and can replicate components ranging from tiny parts and entire frame castings.

Sand casting is a manufacturing process in which molten metal is poured into a sand mold containing a hollow cavity of the desired shape. After a period of time, the casting cools and solidifies. The sand is then broken away and shaken out.

LED Energy-Efficient Systems

Our Energy-Efficient LED Advantage Systems update the lighting element, wiring, and components

to significantly increase the lighting quality of an area while minimizing total energy consumption and reducing maintenance costs. When incandescent lamps are upgraded to an LED system, the result is a room that is up to (3) times brighter, savings up to 80% in annual(recurring) energy costs, and extended operational lifespan.

Improvements can also be achieved through the implementation of photometric testing, intelligent controllers, photocells, motion detectors, and light lifts. All of these, often in combination, can significantly reduce operating costs and provide long term return on investment.

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NRTL Testing & Listing

Utilizing only UL listed products, Grand Light’s OSHA NRTL Certified Manufacturer’s Testing and Listing Laboratory strives to ensure only the highest quality of standards go into finalizing each lighting fixture; from the rewiring of luminaires, to the installation of modern lamp technology, and the custom conversion of gas powered fixtures to electric.

Grand Light’s technicians inspect and document any electrical deficiencies on every lighting fixture prior to any electrical component replacement and rewiring. We also offer comprehensive retrofit kits for upgrading existing historic luminaire to take full advantage of modern induction lamping technology. Grand Light’s practice is to perform multiple UL tests on all electrical components and systems to ensure compliance with UL Standards for luminaires.

Crystal, Glass, & Acrylic

Grand Light’s Crystal, Glass, &  Acrylic Studio specializes in the cleaning, repair, fitting, custom fabrication, replacement and replication of crystal, glass, and acrylic components of varying types, sizes, and color. 

Our extensive cleaning solutions include hand cleaning, abrasive, micro-abrasive, and ultrasonic cleaning technology. Our artisans utilize a proprietary cleaning solution before each component is rinsed and hand polished. We have extensive experience pinning and stringing crystal components on historic and custom lighting fixtures. Utilizing time proven techniques, our artisans install pinning wire, clips, and connecting rings on crystal components in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and designs.

Our specialists will identify and research any missing crystal or glass component on a historic lighting fixture and offer up a similar or exact grade, size, tint, color, and shape to maintain a fixtures historical integrity.

Grand Light offers a wide variety of custom, high quality architectural glass and acrylic diffusers, available in an array of styles, types, and sizes. Our high quality architectural diffusers are available by custom order and offer unique, one-of-a-kind pieces or replications of an existing design.

 

American Ingenuity In Action – Experience The Grand Light Difference

To discuss our capabilities in more detail, please call us at 1-800-922-1469 or use the following Contact Form.

A Picture Worth A Thousand Words – Award-Winning Projects From Around The Country

Check out award-winning results utilizing our Restoration, Preservation, & Replication Capabilities for a wide range of projects from around the country. To discuss our capabilities in more detail, please call us at 1-800-922-1469 or use our Contact Form.

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