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Yale’s Custom Chandeliers Installed

Grand Light was selected by Atelier Ten, David Thompson Architects, and the Dean of Yale Divinity School to design and manufacture custom lighting fixtures. This project included the replication of existing historic iron and brass chandeliers, various custom multi-tiered crystal chandeliers, a massive brass and crystal chandelier, and numerous custom handcrafted pendant lights.

The historic chandeliers being replicated were previously restored by Grand Light. Extreme attention was taken to replicate the original fixture’s intricate detailing to accurately capture the historical significance of the chandelier and its components.

Upon completion of the brass and steel components, the replicated lounge chandelier was assembled and received a hand applied patina to the brass components and the steel components were painted matte black. All components then received a coat of protective lacquer.

The completed custom chandelier after assembly, wiring, and testing. The beautiful glass shades were custom etched along with glass panels that were installed in the underside of the chandelier.

The installed fixture looks striking and will be enjoyed by the students, faculty, and guests of the school for years to come.

The fabrication of the custom library pendants consisted of individually cast brass components. Each component was then welded together to obtain the large circumference required to accommodate the custom made flashed opal glass diffuser. A custom cluster configuration allowed 5000 lumens of light output, and accommodating a 277 volt LED A21 screw in lamp.

The custom pendant lights installed in Yale Divinity School’s library.

These massive crystal chandeliers in the refractory were partially assembled, wired, and tested at Grand Light’s custom lighting factory before being safely transported to the school’s lounge. Once they were suspended from their lifts, Grand Light artisans dressed the chandeliers in the refractory.

This one-of-a-kind, beautifully handcrafted, brass & crystal chandelier was custom designed and fabricated specifically for Divinity School’s rotunda, and beautifully compliments the elegant pillars and spiral staircase aesthetics. This fixture was carefully dressed by Grand Light artisans in the rotunda.

Grand Light specializes in the restoration of historical luminaires of every scale, material, finish, and design. From professional diagrams and plans for your project to rewiring fixtures to UL standards, our specialists have proven their reputation as exceptional lighting restorers. 

For more information regarding this custom lighting project, you may review the project homepage at Yale University – Divinity School.

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