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Proper lighting is key to creating a welcoming and functional living space. We researched dozens of different brands that sell lighting fixtures, judging them on their variety of options, quality of materials, and range of prices.
Our favorites include major retailers like Wayfair, which has offerings for every space and budget, Schoolhouse, which offers high-end fixtures, and Etsy, where you can browse handcrafted options from small businesses.
Here are the best places to buy lighting fixtures.
"This site has lighting options in a variety of styles and price ranges, and allows you to search by room for inspiration."
"Based in Portland, Oregon, this company makes handcrafted items in classic designs that are all manufactured in the United States."
"You can find in-house brands of lighting fixtures in a variety of styles, including mid-century modern and farmhouse."
"With a well-curated list of designer lighting options to choose from, this company offers modern decor that is built to last. "
"Choose from a wide variety of handmade lighting options including wall scones and one-of-a-kind lighting fixtures."
"This brick and mortar store and online site offers hand-blown glass lighting fixtures and other statement pieces to add to your decor."
"If you are looking for contemporary lighting options, this site doesn’t disappoint, and offers high-quality pieces that won’t go out of style."
"Made in a variety of styles including mid-century modern, Scandinavian, and Boho, this brand’s lighting fixtures are cost-effective."
"This site offers a unique, necklace-inspired pendant lighting collection with a woven color wax cord that wraps around natural birch wood."
"Scroll through an almost endless list of options and get inspired by using the Room Inspiration option to see how they look in different spaces."
If you don’t know where to begin, Wayfair might have just what you need. The vast website has a little bit of everything for the home, and lighting is no exception. Each category is organized easily by type, and if that’s not how you like to shop, no problem. You can search by room instead, allowing for more spontaneous inspiration. Still a little unsure? Wayfair has your back, with added info such as the history of lava lamps to rustic indoor lighting best practices.
If money were no object, we would buy everything Schoolhouse has to offer. Given that our lighting budget might not allow us to buy out the luxury site, we are willing to save up for a few shining statement styles. From the sophisticated Ion Lamp to its clean LED Ceiling Fans, this Portland, Oregon-based big box alternative lighting and lifestyle goods manufacturer comes at a premium for a reason — it’s all made in the U.S.A.
Design Within Reach
Design Within Reach—DWR for those in the know—isn't cheap, but if you're looking for the most well-curated list of designer lighting, this is where to find it. From Herman Miller and Philippe Starck to Flos, here, you'll find design-forward fixtures to make a statement in your entryway, living room, and more.
Eclectic is the name of the game when it comes to Etsy and its wide variety of handmade lighting options. You can narrow your search to chandeliers as easily as you can Black-owned shops; wall sconces are just as quick to find as Women-owned shops. Besides being able to support certain causes with your wallet, Etsy offers more one-of-a-kind lighting fixtures than just about any other source online.
If you're looking for designer lighting that's still practical enough to use every day, Gantri is worth checking out. This retailer stocks a variety of styles from award-winning lighting designers from around the world.
Floor and wall lights easily add an architectural element to rooms, but what Gantri does best is add excitement to desks and tables. Whether it’s the mod moment created by the Cantilever table light or it’s the friendly futuristic vibe of the Buddy table light, lamps like these are hard to come by—especially when they won’t break the bank.
Remember walking into Restoration Hardware for the first time and seeing the meticulously arranged rooms of the seemingly rich and famous? Well, RH.com takes that to a whole new level. The sheer volume of luxury lighting available to view is almost overwhelming, but what Restoration Hardware really does best is glass.
Whether it’s the absolutely stunning hand-blown Rain collection or the cascading geometric cut glass shapes of the Boule de Cristal collection, you’re not just buying a light fixture from Restoration Hardware, you’re buying a statement.
With its contemporary yet timeless collections, Frontgate fills the void left by many sites that focus their energies on trendier options. The designs found on Frontgate are exclusive, so they won’t be anywhere else, but still manage to blend in with your favorite signature pieces. While browsing, you can sort by color, material, type, shade, and height to find the perfect fixture for your home.
If you show your personal style more on the walls than from the closet, then 54kibo's necklace-inspired pendants might be right up your alley. Woven color wax cord wraps around natural birch wood to create a truly stunning style light fixture. Whereas these are the stars of designer Candice Lawrence’s vast collection of home décor, the Moroccan ceiling lighting also can’t be overlooked.
While their affordable sofas may get all the glory, Article's lighting options certainly shouldn't be overlooked. Their fixtures are not pigeonholed into any single style aesthetic. From mid-century modern and Scandinavian — the styles that put Article on the map — to Boho and Industrial, the brand offers cost-effective light fixtures to complement any modestly millennial décor moment.
We all know that Amazon is the place to go if you are looking for an endless source of lighting options, but where Amazon really shines bright is with its own in-house brands. Rivet satisfies your inner most mid-century modern craving whereas Stone & Beam let’s you get your farmhouse lighting fix with both edge and elegance. Speaking of elegance, Ravenna offers timeless, simple essentials that are designed to blend into most décor schemes and if you just need something utilitarian but you don’t want to lose out on style, AmazonBasics is going to be your best bet.
When in doubt, head to The Home Depot. From ceiling fans with LED lights to utilitarian fixtures, The Home Depot is going to be your best bet when you’re after a good light that looks great but isn't too trendy or over-the-top. What’s more? This is really one-stop shopping, as you can add all the stuff you’ll need for installation to your cart and be on your way.
With enough inventory to keep you scrolling for days, what we really like about the Lamps Plus site is the ability to narrow down by room with the Room Inspiration option. It’s not just a bunch of room-specific lighting, it’s lighting out in the wild. How big is this chandelier relative to a table? How does that sconce actually look on the wall when you can take a few steps back? It’s hard not to get excited about your next purchase when you can really get a good idea of how it works in a space.
Polly and Bark
Thanks to their trendy silhouettes and finishes, Polly and Bark's designs might seem familiar—but look a bit closer and you’ll see that their designs are one-of-a-kind. With everything coming in at under $300, you can find sleek mid-century modern and Scandinavian-inspired lights that only look expensive. Who wants to see the same IKEA option on repeat, anyway?
Why Trust The Spruce?
This article was written by Barret Wertz, a freelance writer for The Spruce since 2020. As a home décor junkie, he is on a constant quest to find the perfect balance between light and dark in his home—literally—and hopes to help you find yours.