purchase from Turn of the Century Lighting?
in business for over 30 years, we offer the widest selection
of restored antique and custom reproduction lighting in Canada.
Our showroom display is extensive and we consider that Turn
of the Century Lighting is unique in the marketplace. Our goal
is to continuously offer exceptional value and service.
you offer a warranty?
behind our products and will address any concerns you may have.
you have a return policy?
We do not
have a return policy but do have an approval policy. By allowing
you to take a fixture on approval, you can decide if the fixture
is right for you. Once a fixture has either been approved or
an order has been placed, the sale is final.
you work with Interior Designers?
contact us from more information.
are the fixtures made?
extensive workshop facilities in the lower level of our Toronto
showroom. From raw material to finished product, our full service
workshop includes a manufacturing, finishing and assembly shop.
We also have a small foundry for specialty lost wax and sand
materials do you use in making your lighting?
All of our
custom production fixtures are made out of solid brass.
What manufacturers’ lines do you carry?
and manufacture our own exclusive line of traditional lighting
which is only available through our showroom or online. We do
not carry any other manufacturers’ lighting.
How can I be sure I am buying a real antique?
experience and reference resources ensure that all antique lighting
is labeled with the approximate date of origin, i.e. 1910. We
will take the time both online and in the showroom to point
out elements that have been altered or have been replaced for
All of our
antique fixtures are fully restored with new wiring and sockets
installed. Most of our antique fixtures were manufactured of
solid brass but we also restore antique bronze, copper, aluminum,
white metal and cast iron lighting.
Where does your antique lighting come from?
sourced antique lighting from all points in North America and
Europe. We purchase from professional antique pickers and dealers,
auctions and estate sales. We also personally go out and search
the open market for fabulous finds.
you buy old lights?
We do purchase
old lights but are very particular in what we inventory. If
you have a fixture that you are interested in selling, please
e-mail us at email@example.com
with photos accompanied by details and a price.
you restore or rewire my antique lights?
and rewire fixtures that were made prior to approximately 1940.
Please refer to our restorations
page to learn more about some of our previous restorations.
I have seen a chandelier in a magazine; can you make it for
custom design and commission services. Bring in a photograph
or concept, we will show you what we can offer you as a comparison.
Why is CSA approval so important?
Standards Association is an independent association which carries
the highest set of safety standards in Canada. Because our products
meet these standards, they can be installed by certified electricians.
This set of standards assures clients that all antique fixtures
are restored to code and that all of our lighting meets current
you charge for alterations?
We do not
charge for standard showroom alterations approximately 36”
in length. For custom alterations, please contact us for a quotation.
you install switches on your wall sconces?
older homes do not have wall switches and rely on the wall sconces
to be switched. Because of this, we offer on/off turn switches
which are decorative and match the finish on the sconces. There
is no charge for this alteration.
Can the fixtures be adapted for slanted ceilings?
antique and custom fixtures can be adapted for slanted ceilings.
Please let us know if you require this type of alteration before
you place an order.
type of light bulbs do you recommend?
quality brass base incandescent light bulbs. They are a higher
quality bulb with a longer life span and are the most compatible
with our CSA approved sockets. As a standard practice we include
light bulbs with every purchase.
choose to use compact fluorescent bulbs. Just keep in mind that
the light quality will be different from a regular incandescent
bulb. Only under very particular circumstances can halogen bulbs
be used. Please contact us for further information.
really like the lighting fixture but the glass shades are not
appropriate for my setting. Can I change the shades?
Changing the shades on the fixture will change or enhance the
style and character of the light.
saw on of your reproduction fixtures in the showroom but the
finish just wasn't right. Can I change the finish?
can change the finish of any of our reproduction fixtures. Changing
the finish substantially changes the demeanor of the light (i.e.from
rustic to formal).
you come to our house for a consultation?
with clients directly in the showroom. It is always helpful
but not necessary, that clients bring in interior and exterior
photos, ceiling heights, colour samples or architectural plans.
The ceiling heights are very important as they determine the
appropriate fixtures.Our approval policy is the most valuable
tool, allowing you to take a fixture home on a trial basis.
No, we do
not have a delivery service. Most fixtures are easily transportable.
you install lighting fixtures?
No we do
not have an installation service. Our lighting is CSA approved
for installation by certified electricians.
mount to standard electrical boxes .We will assist clients with
unique situations which can range from older homes with converted
gas piping to oversized fixtures.
Please e-mail us with
any other questions.