Colonial Lighting & Country Lighting Store

Colonial Lighting Wrought Iron ChandelierWe are proud to offer the 3 premier lines of authentic colonial lighting, primitive lighting and country lighting fixtures available in America today. Our colonial reproduction lighting is handcrafted in the USA, starting with the finest quality wood, brass or copper materials. These raw materials are precision crafted into period influenced designs using methods that were used 200 years ago. Each fixture is then hand finished with your choice of a variety of finishes. These heirloom quality fixtures are sure to be a worthy focal point in your country decor scheme.

Our colonial lighting inventory features several hundred wrought iron and wood chandeliers all designed with the Colonial/Early American home enthusiast in mind. Be sure to browse our pendants, ceiling lights, vanity lights, sconces, and lantern outdoor lighting categories for premium quality country lighting.

Colonial Lighting Wattage Guide – How Much Light Do I Need?

One of the most common questions DIY colonial lighting decorators ask is how much ambient or general lighting do I need. The answer is mathematical and yet it isn’t, meaning there are a lot of variables that can play into the equation. For instance will there be natural outside light, is there any task or accent lighting in the room as well? If the answer is yes to any of these then possibly you can get away with slightly less than the standard.

As a rule you take, Room Length x Room Width x 1.5 = Amount of Incandescent Wattage necessary to light a room, for instance a room which measures 12’ x 16’ x 1.5 = 288 incandescent watts minimum ambient lighting. This can be divided between several sources, for example: 1 country lighting chandelier with 160 watts and 2 lamps with 75 watts each would be sufficient. If you are using fluorecent or LED bulbs use the chart below to figure out your wattage requirements.

Country Lighting Norfolk Wood ChandelierOne thing to keep in mind is it is better to have too much light than not enough; you can always use a dimmer switch or lower wattage bulbs to decrease unnecessary light. However it is not a good experience when you are trying to read in a room that is to dark. For those of you primitive lighting enthusiasts, it has been our experience that log homes with exposed log walls on the interior and/or exposed tongue and groove wood ceilings tend to take a bit more lighting than drywall homes do.

Remember to add additional task lighting at strategic places, such as, above the kitchen sink, counter lighting and bathroom vanity lights would all fall into this category. In most cases you would not count these into your ambient lighting for that room as they would be used only for tasks and not as a main source of light for the room. That being said, in some cases vanity lighting in a bathroom is used as the main source of light in the room.

Lumens, Incadescent, Fluorecent, LED Watts Comparison Table



light bulb

 / LED

375 lm

25 W

6.23 W

600 lm

40 W

10 W

900 lm

60 W

15 W

1125 lm

75 W

18.75 W

1500 lm

100 W

25 W

2250 lm

150 W

37.5 W

3000 lm

200 W

50 W


Feel free to contact us with all your country, primitive and colonial lighting needs. Country Living Primitives is a Primitive Country Decor and Chandelier Lighting online store. Our main offerings include: Handcrafted Furniture, Colonial Chandeliers, and Primitive Decor for your home or business.