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Restoration of Shubert Theater Pendant Completed

Restoration of Shubert Theater Pendant Completed

NEW HAVEN, CT – The restoration of a large 60″ diameter pendant from the historic Shubert Theater has been completed, and plans are being made for the lighting fixture to be reinstalled later this week.

The fixture, which features 8 large glass panels, each consisting of several smaller panels, had begun to bend and suffer light leaks. Several of the glass panels had chipped or cracked and needed to be repaired or replaced.

After the original glass panels were reshaped and the replacement panels were fabricated, each piece was carefully reassembled with the frame of the fixture.  To eliminate any possibility of light leaks, the panels were lined with thin strips of lead. These “light leak shields” were held into place by small copper tabs.

Shubert Theater Lighting Restoration

To match the newly retouched finish of the frame, each chain was given a fresh coat of paint. The new wires of the fixture were painted as well so that they will be barely noticeable when the fixture is reinstalled.

Once each component of the pendant had been completely restored, the temporary chains which had suspended the fixture over the course of the restoration were removed and replaced with the newly refinished originals.

To reduce the possibility that a chain could slip during future removals of the fixture, holes were drilled and tapped in the canopy chain loops wherein screw retainers were incorporated.

Shubert Theater Lighting Restoration

The twelve-light cluster which illuminates the fixture was rewired in accordance with UL standards.  Once completely re-assembled, the fixture was hi-pot tested in Grand Light’s shop and carefully inspected.

Shubert Theater Lighting Restoration

The fixture will be installed at the Shubert Theater later this week.  A few weeks ago, numerous fixtures including including nine small flushmounts, 18 large flushmounts, 5 smaller pendants, and dozens of sconces were reinstalled at the theater following restoration at Grand Light’s shop.  This is the second project Grand Light has done for the theater; the first project being in 2003 when a similar pendant fell from the ceiling and needed to be completely reconstructed.

Shubert Theater Lighting Restoration

To read additional updates about this project, click here. For a photo gallery, click here.


About Grand Light:

Grand Light has restored, replicated and manufactured custom lighting fixtures at every scale, including various projects at Yale University, the Lincoln Square Theater in Decatur, IL, The Otesaga Resort and Hotel in Cooperstown, NY, The Shubert Theater in New Haven, CT, and other prestigious projects nation wide.

Located at 580 Grand Avenue, New Haven, CT, Grand Light has been serving the interior and exterior lighting needs of homeowners and professionals since 1929.

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