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.