Best Sources for Lighting Projects

Best Sources for Lighting Projects

Mat Sanders
Feb 3, 2011

New York City is an amazing place for do-it-yourselfers thanks to the abundance of niche resources to fit just about any need. If you've ever bopped in and out of the many lighting stores on Bowery between Grand and Spring streets, then I'm sure you've experienced that same kid-in-a-candy-store moment Augustus Gloop had right before he fell into that chocolate river. Because the options can sometimes be overwhelming, I've narrowed down your search with this tailored list of sources to consider for your next lighting project.

Lighting by Gregory
158 Bowery
New York, NY 10012 map
(212) 226-1276
With a knowledgeable staff and an 8,000 square foot showroom that features over 140 manufacturers, Lighting by Gregory is a widely known Bowery hot-spot for both design professionals and the average consumer. Their amazing inventory features every kind of light imaginable, and you will most likely be able carry out your desired product that day.

Broome Lampshades
325 Broome Street
New York, NY 10002 map
(212) 431-9666
This lower Manhattan shop offers a variety of ready-to-buy contemporary and traditional lampshades as well as specializes in creating custom handcrafted designs with artisanal excellence. Broome shades is also a great place for lamp repair and and offers professional help restoring or recovering antique shades.

Moon River Chattel
62 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211 map
(718) 388-1121
A staple of Williamsburg, Brooklyn for twelve years, Moon River Chattel looks and feels like an old general store with a charming, hand-picked selection of industrial-chic home goods. This store is the place in town to pick up one of those old-fashioned Edison bulbs, which are available in varying shapes, sizes and wattage. Moon River Chattel also carries a collection of classic lampshades of standard sizes in white and cream.

Just Shades
21 Spring Street
New York, NY 10012 map
(212) 966-2757
A staple of the lighting industry for 40 years, Just Shades stocks one of the widest selections of ready-made lampshades in New York. From rectangles, squares and A-lines to drums, ovals and octagons - if they don't have it, they will make it for you based on whatever idea you may have. Custom orders are available using their selection of over 300 papers and fabrics, or bring your own!

Green Depot
222 Bowery
New York, NY 10012 map
(212) 226-0444
This specialty shop is like an eco-frienly Ikea, carrying an impressive selection of goods that you peruse by rooms in the home. A good place to pick up LED and CFL light bulbs, energy efficient fixtures, light switches and censors. They also have a test booth so you can see what kind of light a bulb will emit before you purchase it...because you want to be green, not look it.

Gracious Home
1992 Broadway
New York, NY 10023 map
(212) 231-7800
Gracious Home is an impressive resource for many home projects, especially if you are looking to get away from the everyday brands you will find at a typical Home Depot or Bed Bath and Beyond. Gracious Home sells all kinds of lighting, accessories, fixtures and an impressive selection of ready-made lampshades. They also have a parts department, repair clinic and you can even rent out tools. Though the options at this uptown store come with the expected price tags, it's a super-fun place to find all kinds of inspiration.

Lighting Plus

676 Broadway
New York, NY 10012 map
(212) 979-2000
This is one of those stores you've probably passed a bunch of times on Broadway and thought, "Wow, I MUST remember this place next time I need ____." Lighting Plus sells switch boxes, dimmers, bulbs, electrical cord by the yard, colored lights, rope lights, strobe lights, lava lamps...well, you get the idea.

Image: Lady Liberty's Lampshade via Broome Lampshades

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