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The Results are In!

It was our biggest and best Ugly Light Fixture Contest yet, and after hours of deliberation, the Creative Lighting Team has chosen a winner…

Congratulations to Laurie Plattes of Laurie Plattes Interior Design for her winning submission!

Laurie’s entry was a stand-out for several reasons.  The “ugly light” fixture submitted was actually the entire ceiling of an out-dated kitchen!   This ancient, back-lit lighting system created a dim and dreary environment for such a high task and heavily trafficked area in the home.  The transformation Laurie executed on the space with a new ceiling and new recessed lighting is bright, beautiful and much more efficient.  What a complete transformation!

We had several note-worthy entries this year that deserve recognition, however.  Take a peek at some of the other top contest-contenders, and our expert recommendations on how to update the looks with today’s top lighting trends.


Many of us have been here…the outdated fan and light-kit horror show.  We were not completely surprised when the ceiling fan entries came rolling in throughout the duration of our contest. Ceiling fan product design has come a long way in recent years, and is now brimming with many integrated and energy-efficient solutions to better light your space. The antique, ruffled, five-light cluster kit on the ceiling fan shown above is not only an eye sore, but it is operating on the technologies of yesteryear.  While there are many fantastic fan options available today, we would recommend replacing this dated beauty with The Celano V2 Fan from Fanimation.  This sleek and sophisticated fan is a fresh take on transitional design that is adaptable to many styles of decor and is sure to make a statement in any room.  The Celano is available in brushed nickel, dark bronze or matte white finishes and has a fully integrated 18 watt LED light kit.  This energy-star rated fan can be operated in three forward and reverse speeds and includes Fanimation’s trademarked fanSync technology in a full-function hand-held control for easy operation.  A fan like this makes it easy to kiss those old ruffles bye-bye.


This amazing contest entry stopped us in our tracks!  Believe it or not, the hanging cluster of multi-pendants has been reinvented and is back and better than ever.   Although this entry may feel gaudy and grotesque to some, it reminded us of this unique era in the lighting world, and it is hard to not appreciate all of the intricacies and detailing that went into these renaissance-styled fixtures. But, outdated it is…nonetheless!  Currently, there are many on-trend versions of the hanging multi-pendant concept ranging from traditional to very contemporary.  We are in love with this stylish little number from The Macauley Collection– courtesy of Savoy House.  This 5-light cascading pendant salutes classic illumination with its exposed bulb style and warm brass/vintage black finish combination.  Such a fresh take on an old hat!  Check out more of these trendy options for multi-pendant hanging fixtures by clicking here.


Well, doesn’t this wall mounted entry make you feel just a little bit blue?  Maybe it’s the fact that it is askew, or maybe it’s the funny way the light is projected from the center frosted glass hurricane, but this top contender had us filled with a case of sconce-d sadness.  There are a million wonderful wall sconce options to choose from today, but this Cobson fixture from Kichler Lighting seemed oh-so appropriate to feature as the updated version of this contest entry.  Available in three different finish combinations, this one light wonder features a smooth metal bell shade and a fully functional paddle switch, giving it the perfect retro/industrial vibe needed to cure our case of the blues.  Bonus feature- it also comes fully equipped to install as a hanging pendant!  Click here to check out the rest of this fantastic collection.

A big thanks to all of our wonderful contestants this year!  Be sure to follow us on social media for a chance at next year’s Ugly Light Fixture Contest!

PHOTO CREDIT: Laurie Plattes Interior Design, Fanimation, Savoy House & Kichler.


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