Suggestions for Transforming a Dated Light Fixture?

Suggestions for Transforming a Dated Light Fixture?

Colleen Quinn
Oct 15, 2010

This smoked glass and brass pendant graces the dining room of my new home in Saudi Arabia, and truthfully it isn't doing much for the overall look of the place. This dated light fixture fails both because it is unattractive, and because the light it provides is harsh and uninviting (despite the dimmer switch). I would love to replace it, but this compound runs on 110v so I can't just go out and buy a new light in town, and as a renter, I'm limited in my options.

Though I am on the lookout for an inexpensive replacement that I can get sent here, I thought in the meantime some readers might have ideas for how to transform the existing fixture. I thought about using paper on the glass to change the look and diffuse the light, but am concerned that might be a fire hazard. Basically I am game to try almost anything, but may be limited in materials based on where I'm living these days. If you have a suggestion for how to bring this light into the 21st century, please share it in the comments below!

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