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Yale University’s Morse College Wall Mounted Lighting Fixtures Refinished Restored

Wall Mounted Lighting Fixtures from Yale University’s Morse College Refinished and Restored

New Haven, CT – Work continues on the restoration of lighting fixtures from Yale University’s Morse College.

To date, a number of bronze wall sconces have been retrofitted with energy efficient components and refinished.  These fixtures were originally the work of Oliver Andrews, a well known and respected California sculptor, author and educator at UCLA, who was commissioned by architect Eero Saarinen during the building’s construction in the early sixties.

The restoration and modification of the existing luminaires consisted of the electrical wiring, custom component fabrication, testing, cleaning, and refinishing of the fixtures.

Grand Light’s artisans cleaned and refinished the existing bronze patina of the fixture, as well as the black painted ballast-lamp housings.  The fixtures were thoroughly inspected, new ballasts and lamp holders were installed, and the fixtures were rewired and tested in accordance with UL standards.

Yale Morse & Stiles Lighting Restoration

The image above shows type AD4 both before and after restoration, with ballast & housings.

Yale Morse & Stiles Lighting Restoration

Before/After Comparison of Type AD4 Fixture


Those interested in following the progress of this project can visit the project page.


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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