Bargain hunting for lighting

Took a trip to Binondo with my architect-contractors, Paul and Rommel, to once and for all see the bargain finds for the house that they’ve been raving about.

We went to a lighting shop on T. Alonzo Street…
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…where Rommel excitedly showed me the LED pin lights he planned to use for my house. Binondo Shopping for Fixtures and Lighting (18)
Each set, casing and bulb included, comes out to about P380, which he says is just slightly higher than a standard pin light. Binondo Shopping for Fixtures and Lighting (20)

Because I’ll have LED pin lights, it’ll be more efficient for me to use them as my everyday lighting, and save the cove lighting for entertaining. Yay.

Here’s Paul waiting for his light bulb moment:

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Ang kulet!

As far as light bulbs go, this one below was by far our favorite.  Made of cut up steel pipes, it certainly is a curious piece:

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Downside, apart from the price, is that it uses halogen lights– not very green 🙁

If you’re more adventurous you can go for a red bulb, maybe to help ignite those passion projects– it’s a great find at P1,020! Binondo Shopping for Fixtures and Lighting (28)

Other pieces I found interesting:

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Also check out this statement piece–a steel floor lamp typical of most modern minimalist homes: Binondo Shopping for Fixtures and Lighting (33)

I saw a similar lamp on sale at the Abenson’s booth at the Megatent fair (or maybe it was Blim’s), selling for about P7,000, aluminum (not steel).

Having a huge piece like this in an almost empty space is an interesting design direction– reminds me of a big outdoor parasol that greeted me at a friend’s living/dining area in her condo.   Paired with a cleopatra bed, it really lent the space lots of charm. 🙂

How about you?  What lighting pieces have caught your attention?  Any tips on suppliers?

One Reply to “Bargain hunting for lighting”

  1. Hi, Johanna. It’s Duanne! Been enjoying back-reading your posts here! =)
    On the last lighting fixture you’ve shown, the arched standing lamp is actually a replica of one of the most iconic luminaire designed by Achille Castiglioni for Flos (a famous Italian brand of decorative lights) back in 1962 – the Arco lamp. The arched steel of Arco is buried in a marble slab at its bottom. There’s a hole at center of the marble where (perhaps) a wood can be inserted so that two people can carry the whole fixture from each end. Again, the base is pure marble so it’s heavy weighing around 65kgs! I’m not sure how the bottom of the fixture from your photo looks like but it’s something you can take note of the next time you encounter another of this fixture.=) (Been in the lighting industry for 5yrs now so just sharing my piece!=))

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