There are some highs and lows in the lighting situation. First the highs
these lights i wanted to save from the house
i cleaned up the glass and bought a replacement fixture to go with them.
they look great in the upsatirs hallway!
medium low: Our electrician was having trouble with the kitchen pendants we picked.
He insisted that the socket plate was not the right size for a standard american light fixture. i spent over an hour calling Ikea and they has no idea what i was talking about, saying that they are the right size. our electrician can be hard to understand, he has a thick accent and very limited English so communicating isn't always easy, so i may have misunderstood. at any rate, our contractor assures us they can get them in, but it will have to wait until after the final inspection.
This bathroom vanity light i finally resigned myself too - i don't like 99% of bathroom vanities and finally found one i can more than tolerate... well, the hole they cut for the fixture is too high. The electrician had to install it with the bulbs facing downward - so now the lighting is really harsh and you can see a bit of the exposed bulbs.
i hate it. i was going to try to get over it - but jon hates it too. We will first see if they can install it the way it is meant to be hung - if it is indeed too close to the ceiling to work. if that doesn't go well, we will be picking something else - something that is designed to hang down.