One of the simplest ways to change the look of a room is to add or replace existing lighting fixtures. You can spend countless hours shopping for the “perfect” fixture and not find the proper piece. If this is the case in your search, consider ordering a custom lighting fixture that will satisfy all your criteria and enhance the look of your project. You may be surprised to find that ordering from the correct manufacturer will not be as costly and difficult as you may suspect.
Before inquiring as to a quote, you should have the following information ready in order for the estimate process to be as fast and smooth as possible.
1. Know your quantities- Since you will be inquiring about a custom lighting fixture you will want to provide at least a close approximation as to the number of fixtures that you are considering in purchasing. Many times in the manufacturing process there are substantial costs that can be saved from simply going from one fixture to two. These economies of scale can be achieved as many vendors often include “set up” charges in their pricing despite quantities ordered. For example, glass that will be shaped to fit a particular fixture often requires custom molds to be made. These molds carry a fixed set up charge regardless of whether one or one hundred pieces will be ordered.
2- Know your finish- Finishes can change the price of a fixture dramatically. Many times customers and manufacturers do not speak the same language which can result in unneeded costs. Most people want to see a “patina” style finish on their fixtures. These finishes can often be achieved by using paint without having to utilize a chemical process to achieve a true patina. The cost of finishing a fixture with paint versus a chemical process can be dramatic. Be sure to ask for all your options and respectable pricing.
3. Ask for cost reducing alternatives- Often times manufacturers can pass on savings if you are willing to compromise on a few size or design alternatives. Yes you are shopping for a custom light fixture but if you are willing to concerne a few design or size alternatives you can still achieve a look with which you will be happy without compromising your original intent. Be sure to ask what options are available to you that will help offset costs.
As you remember to ask the right questions and as you spend a little more time in your wrought iron lighting fixture selection you too can achieve the look that you want. Remember that you are in charge and that there are plenty of options available to you from the right manufacturer.