4 schoolhouse pendant lights
Photo: Wendell T. Webber

Timeless Fixtures

Bare bulbs first sought shelter in opaque glass globes hanging from classroom, library, courthouse, and kitchen ceilings back in the 1920s. With their clean, utilitarian lines and practical light-diffusing shades, hard-working schoolhouse lights were a popular choice anywhere good task and ambient light was needed. As demand for them increased, the original white flared globe soon took on hand-painted bands of color, more geometric forms, and fancier metal fittings.

Today, schoolhouse-style fixtures are still appreciated for their timeless good looks—and are a sure way to add retro flair to kitchens, baths, and other light-starved areas of the house. The following 10 pendants offer lots of options.
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