Inexpensive Lighting

by Chris on June 18, 2012

How’s that for a clever title? It’s a rainy Monday here, and I’m pretty sure I just drove through a tornado to get my daughter to VBS. It’s not normal when tree branches fly in front of your car, is it?

Well, this dark and dreary day is the perfect time to talk about lighting. My de-boob-ification is in full swing around here (that sounds weird), so I thought I’d share a couple of resources with you. I have quickly found out that lighting is not cheap. Luckily, many stores offer “knock-offs” of more expensive lights that are right in my price range! Wanna see?

I’m looking for something for the laundry room right now, and I fell in love with this one for $189. Not a horrible price, but more than I’d like to spend in a utility room.

 Interlocking Rings Flush Mount Ceiling Light

Once again, Lowes comes to my rescue. I think this one for $88 is a wallet-saver, and it’s just like the original. In person, it’s more of a shiny chrome (here it looks a little brassy).

Zoomed: allen + roth Polished Chrome Flush Mount

I was eyeing this one  for a long time for my mudroom. It has the same lines as my dream chandelier, but for $289, it was not going to happen.

 Circlet Ceiling Light

Alright, Lowes. Good job. I spied this one for $89. $200 less! It’s much prettier in person. Looks just like the one above. But $200 less. Can’t get over it.Zoomed: allen + roth Brushed Nickel Flush Mount

I don’t have a spot for this pendant, but I think it’s quite pretty. However, for $499, it should be.


 Reeded Glass Convertible Pendant/Semi-flush Ceiling Light

Enter this flush mount for $109.

Zoomed: Portfolio Chrome Flush Mount

I’m still having a hard time getting over this. $495 for this ceiling light. Pretty? You bet. But for that kind of money, it better have dust repellant and make me coffee in the morning.

 Vintage Crystal Ceiling Light Large

This option, however, is much better priced for $98. It makes you feel sorry for people who don’t shop around, ya know?

Zoomed: Portfolio Brass Ceiling Flush Mount

Dear Rich People (because so many of you read my blog),

There are other options! Stand your rich ground and refuse to pay so much more out of your rich wallet! With these types of savings, you can afford to buy a miniature giraffe or a dog that meows.


You’re Welcome



marji June 18, 2012 at 11:06 am

well the last two still look like boob lights but with a lacy bra. you gonna go that route?

Chris June 18, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Ha! No, Marji. I’m not buying them. I just found the cheaper versions and thought I’d share. :)

Crystal June 18, 2012 at 11:52 am

Great minds think alike! I’m looking for a light for my hall and picked out some of these exact ones as possible choices. I was so amazed that lowes had almost exact replicas of some of my favorites at Shades of Light. Of course my absolute favorite is the $239 Jonathan Adler from Shades of Light – go figure!

Shirley June 18, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Hi Chris-

Thank you SO much for sharing! I love the ones from Lowes – dang, I was there yesterday too (an accomplishment given it’s over 30 minutes away).

I’ve been looking for something like this for the longest time – we have low ceilings in our entry hallway and these are absolute perfection.

Thanks again for sharing.


Karla June 18, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Haha @ the boob lights comment. I actually just revamped my entryway light and when I was taking a before picture I realized it resembled a boob too.

Lesley June 18, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Who knew Lowes had such stylish lighting ? Super comparables!

Claudine June 18, 2012 at 3:05 pm

I loved the cheaper choices!!!!
My house was built in the 60’s and the previous owners loved retro so I have
original AND new versions of spot lights, you know? The ones that hit you right in the EYE when you are having dinner, lol!
SO I have been replacing some lights here. The 2nd choice would look great in the hallway and the third would be awesome for my son’s bedroom! Thank you!

Elaine June 18, 2012 at 5:59 pm


I cannot believe how close the less expensive versions come to their more expensive counterparts! I don’t know how much research you put into all of this, but it is very much appreciated.


Jenn June 18, 2012 at 6:24 pm

I HATE boob lights with a passion. With our recent fire, I eradicated all of them….but one. It’s in the hall that all of the bedrooms are, and it’s dark. I’m not sure what I can do that isn’t boob-like, though. I hate those track lights…

Allyson June 18, 2012 at 8:45 pm

These are so great! I always shop around – there is no need to pay a crazy price for something going in a utility room!

Dream Mom June 20, 2012 at 4:00 am

Love your choices-so pretty! I LOVE that vintage crystal light; really amazing. I do like the brown hardware in the $500 one but I imagine I could spray paint the hardware piece in the Lowe’s one, lol. That was the only difference that I saw.

Sarah Hulbert Style June 21, 2012 at 12:34 am

It takes a special person to make lighting fun and funny! Thanks for making me laugh while looking at some sparkly house candy, Chris!!!
~Sarah (Long time reader/first time commenter)

Chris June 24, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Thank you, Sarah! I love it when someone says I made them laugh–it’s my favorite thing to do. :) So glad you commented–finally. Lol!

Maria @ All Things Luxurious June 21, 2012 at 1:40 pm

LOL! Okay, this post is awesome. Not only did I laugh out loud, I also learned something — Lowes? Is the place to shop! Thanks! :-)

Brooke @ Inside-Out Design June 21, 2012 at 1:49 pm

It definitely pays to shop around! and these options are so similar to the expensive versions! I’d be sick if I’d just paid almost $500 for a light and then found out I could get almost the exact same one for $98!!

Marissa@ohhhsolovely June 21, 2012 at 1:54 pm

i’m in the market for a new laundry room light myself & these are great suggestions. thanks!

Barbara Grooms June 22, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Interesting post! Your third ceiling light looks very similar to my MBroom light. I got it from Lowes! (clearanced) I think it was around $60. It does pay to shop. Lovin your light fixtures. Love ya Mom…Have a great time at your confrence. I talked to Jackson, Olivia was outside playing with Francie.

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