V's comment when she saw this thing was that it is a little too "on the nose", by which she means that it looks like exactly what it is. Unlike a lot of repurposed stuff we like, there is no mistaking this for some obscure bit of obsolete industrial detritus just waiting to be re-purposed. I agree with her, but I still think it looks pretty cool and merits some consideration.
Oh, and the other thing to remember is that our dining table is going to be a heavy slab of wood sitting on this old embalming table base which I blogged about back in May 2011 when I picked it up on ebay (talk about a lack of instant gratification):
So, yeah, this light over that table... a little on the nose maybe. But I still like it a lot.
|It mounts on a track on the ceiling so that, in addition to having a full range of rotation, it can slide back and forth to be centered over wherever the action is.|
|I love this old label.|
|This belongs on "indicia of authority".|
Obviously I know I'm not the first person to think to re-purpose a big surgical light as a ceiling light, but I have never actually seen it done. Here are some examples I found on the web:
Boo! Now I want one of these
Above from: http://www.urbanremainschicago.com/hard-to-find-completely-intact-vintage-american-industrial-cook-county-hospital-double-arm-articulating-surgical-ceiling-light.html
And, while we're at it, http://www.urbanremainschicago.com/ is a pretty bitchen site.
Here is a pair of repurposed surgical lights found in a real estate listing: http://45thompsontrail.blogspot.com/
|"The lighting over the center island is made from transformed surgical lamps from a World War II hospital ship."|
|Someone is asking $3600 a pop for these silly pendants made of parts from a surgical light hung from a chain.|
|Very pretty, but older and more steampunk looking than the one I got.|