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Remodelista Reconnaissance: Michaela Scherrer’s Go-To Budget Ceiling Lights—for Less than $5

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Remodelista Reconnaissance: Michaela Scherrer’s Go-To Budget Ceiling Lights—for Less than $5

June 27, 2024

There was so much to admire about Michaela Scherrer’s extreme makeover of her cousins’ 1970s ranch house kitchen that we neglected to look up at the ceiling lights. The project—completed 15 years ago—introduced restaurant appliances; a vast, marble-topped work island; and exposed wooden rafters to what had been, in Michaela’s words, a “confined and suffocating space”: see Kitchen of the Week: Commercial Components Meet Minimalist Chic, Before and After.

It was Michaela herself who later called our attention to the task lighting: “they’re metal lamp holders made for use outdoors; you can get them at any hardware supplier and they’re dirt cheap,” she told us. “I’ve been using them for years in projects with tight budgets.” Come take a look.

The Sighting

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Above: This is a family that cooks together. Michaela introduced the industrial overhead lights amid the rafters: “I put the lights on longer and shorter rods to give them dimension.” Photograph by Yeran Terzian courtesy of Michaela Scherrer Atelier.

The Source

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Above: Sigma Engineered Solutions Switch-Controlled, Hardwired White Lamp Holder Kits are $4.59 from Ace Hardware. The powder-coated metal lamp heads are adjustable; Michaela slips off the rubber waterproofing rings for use indoors.
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Above: The Sigma Engineered Solutions 150-Watt EQ LED 1-Head Switch-Controlled Flood Light in gray is $3.28 at Lowe’s.

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