Where does alabaster come from?

Our natural alabaster comes direct from a European quarry. Brass Light Gallery has worked with the same quarry for more than twenty-five years.

What is alabaster?

A soft translucent stone, alabaster has been used since antiquity to create ornaments, sculptures and lighting. When lit, alabaster produces a soft pleasant light suitable for dining or reading, as well as illumination in interior spaces where soft ambiance is desired. All of Brass Light Gallery's Alabaster Light Fixtures are made with genuine alabaster stone.

What is the recommended scale, or bowl diameter, for my space?

Over dining room tables -18" and 24' diameter bowls.
Breakfast nooks and other smaller spaces -15" to 19" diameter bowls.
Residential hallways with 8' ceiling - 12" to 16" diameter bowls.
Wider hallways and single-story foyers - 15" to 19" diameter bowls.
Larger spaces such as two story foyers and great rooms - 24", 30" and 36" diameter.

What is a multi-rod cluster for longer Alabaster Fixture overall lengths?

Starting at 60" overall length (OAL), we add a center cluster and rod extension for multi-rod ceiling fixtures with very long lengths. These work well in homes that have two story rooms as well as in large commercial spaces. The multi-rod cluster works well on angled ceilings too.

What is an alabaster center rod break option?

On alabaster ceiling pendants 21" OAL and longer, we provide center breaks.
On alabaster ceiling pendants shorter than 21", rods are made without breaks.
You may customize your pendant to be made with or without rod breaks when ordering. Specify in your order notes or call Sales at (800-243-9595) for more information.

What are alabaster tints?

Alabaster is available in it's natural tone or with three tint options. Untinted (9A), Light Tint (5A), Medium Tint (6A) and Dark Tint (7A). Alabaster Tint Samples may be requested from our Customer Service Department.

What is a GU24 socket and what are they used for?

A GU24 socket type is a (relatively) new design designed to prevent the use of in-efficient incandescent light bulbs. GU24 lamps use twist and lock bi-pin lamps.

Do your light fixtures comply with California's Title 24?

Brass Light Gallery fixtures manufactured with a GU24 socket will comply with California’s Title 24.

Are GU24 lamp sockets available for GU24 light bulbs on your fixtures?

Yes, most of our light fixtures can be made with a GU24 socket. If you cannot find the exact product you need on our website please contact us.

What is a fitter?

A fitter is the lip of the shade that inserts into a light fixture's shade holder. When selecting shades, it is important that the fitter size matches the light fixture's shade holder size.

Do your light fixtures accommodate different fitter sizes?

Many of our light fixture styles are available with different shade holder sizes. Filtering by Shade Type may help you find the item you need.

How can I tell which size shade a light fixture accommodates?

Most of our product names include the shade holder size.

What does the first letter of the Shade number mean?

Each shade model number starts with a letter to help you match the shade to the fitter size.
A = 2-1/4" fitter
B = 3-1/4" fitter
C = 4-1/4" fitter
D = 6-1/4" fitter
E = torpedo bulb clip-on
F = type A house hold bulb clip-on
H = 29mm fitter
J = 45mm fitter
K = 1-3/4" hurricane fitter
R = O-Ring

Wattage and Bulbs for Different Shade Types

Please note that shade choice may change the wattage capacity of a fixture. The CN-100-A1 Glendale Candle Sconce is listed with a maximum of 60 watts, but if a #E250 Eggshell Pleated Silk shade is used, for example, the maximum is 40 watts. A glass shade accommodates 150 watts unless otherwise noted. The maximum wattage for Alabaster Cup shades is 40 watts.

Are your Alabaster Shades real?

Yes, Our Alabaster Shades are carved from pure alabaster stone in Southern Europe, not to be confused with man-made "faux alabaster".