The great blog Ouno recently documented a visit to Taliesin West, Frank Lloyds Wright’s winter home and the main campus of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. A photo of the “dinner cabaret room” caught our eye: strings of tiny lights glowe3d on the ceiling. We don’t know if this is a Wrightian touch or an innovation of the current caretakers (more images below). But it got us thinking about using string lights as actual indoor lighting…not Christmas lights, but strings of lights with bigger, more illuminating bulbs.
So, we went on the hunt for ideas and sources, to explore the possibilities.
We love these lights hung vertically to make a partition and define a room…
…These work as ceiling lights if you don’t have recessed lighting…
There are a number of string and bulb styles to consider. If you want to keep it simple, Pottery Barn sells 18′ sets that take 7-watt, type G bulbs (though we’re not crazy about the green wires):
The best source we’ve found is PartyLights.com, which offers a huge variety of cord sets and bulbs that you can configure as you please (including for LED, solar, outdoor and commercial use - commercial ones comes in green, white and hard to find black). We especially like their globed sets with clear bulbs, like the images above (though you can get them in a wide range of colors and sizes)…
Here are a couple more images of Taliesin’s string lights:
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