When a friend asked for help finding a replacement for the modern flush-mount fixture that used to light the entry to her 1930s cottage (below), I set out in search of a vintage hanging lantern that would better complement her home's architecture. I picked up a mid-century painted steel lantern with amber glass panels in need of TLC for about $90 at Similar restored lanterns cost about $250. I then called the pros at Grand Brass Lamp Parts, one of the few remaining manufacturers of reproduction antique lighting parts, to order the wires, exterior-grade socket assembly, chain, and decorative ceiling canopy I needed to get the old lantern looking good and glowing again.

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    Tools List

    • wire strippers
      Wire stripper
    • Phillips screwdriver
      Phillips-head screwdriver
    • lineman's pliers
      Pliers (heavy-duty chain pliers work best)

    Shopping List

    Deep Leaf cast-iron ceiling canopy in antiqued-bronze finish, including hanging loop and mounting hardware

    1½-by--inch plated steel chain in antiqued-brass finish

    2-inch brass socket housing (helps protect socket from the weather)

    Leviton medium-size porcelain keyless socket with die-cast cap and set screw-inch brass hanging loop with wireway

    1-inch threaded hollow brass screw 'nipple'

    Copper ground wire with attached ring (the safest bet for exterior lighting)

    Black standard lamp wire