December 9, 2013BREAKING NEWS In The World of Retro Vintage Inspired Lighting……. Chrome Sputnik Starburst Chandelier Light Available NOW at Lowe’s!!!
By Sara In AZ
Hey y’all – It’s Sara here and I know you are all thinking “Wait, what – is it Thursday ALREADY?”…..well, no – it’s still Monday! But this news was SO important all the gals here at No Pattern Required have switched up their posting schedules this week so we could RUSH this story out ASAP!!!
As far as I can tell No Pattern Required is the very first blog to post about this Sputnik light, so do not forget that you saw it here FIRST!!!
Lets’ backtrack just a bit and I will give you the full back story on how I came across this light. Mike and I were running some errands a few days ago and we needed to make a run by a hardware store since we needed some new sockets for a set of lamps we were going to rewire. We decided to go to Lowe’s since we also had something to return there. The return line was pretty long, so I decided to venture out into the store to see what lamp sockets I could find while Mike waited in the return line. Normally I do not scope out the lighting aisle in the big box stores to see what’s new…..I guess I always figured since I like the vintage/retro look I would never really find anything of interest. But on this day I was kind of cruising around the entire lighting area trying to see where the lamp sockets might be located….when all of the sudden *BOOM* there was a Sputnik chandelier light right in front on my eyes!
I mean whoa…..was this for real?? I had to blink a few times and pinch myself to make sure that this was NOT a dream! But no, this was not a dream……and I could not have been more excited!!! I was running all over the place trying to find Mike and, dragging him toward to lighting aisle, said I had “something special to show him”! With his eagle eye he spotted the light WAY before we even got close to it!
Well, of course we were both smitten and HAD to get one. Seriously, I cannot tell you HOW long we have both wanted a Sputnik light…..like probably since before we were both born I am sure! We’d sometimes look on eBay to see what was available, or see one in an antique store, but the prices were always pretty high…..$600, $800, $1000….we just weren’t prepared to shell out that kind of money for one little ole light – even if it was a dream Sputnik light. So we waited, and waited, and waited and FINALLY scored one for the low, low price of $189!!!!
I know, CRAZY isn’t it!? Don’t believe me – check out the tag on the shelf! I’m STILL stunned!!!!
One quirk with this light – it’s NOT available online….anywhere…..AT ALL! I looked all over the place online, NPR writer Eartha Kitsch looked all over the place online….we found nothing at all.
UPDATE!!!!!!! Thanks to NPR reader Ronda we now know that the lights ARE available online!!! Thanks SO much for finding this link Ronda!
Eartha Kitsch did some ‘retro recon’ for me and went to see if her local Lowe’s in Tennessee had these Sputnik lights available too. Eartha reported back that they were not available in her closest Lowe’s (apparently Lowe’s is only selling these lights in certain, select stores), but the clerk she talked to looked up the item # 0511350 and saw that they were available in some Lowe’s stores around her town. The clerk further informed her that the lights could not be sent from store to store, so it sounds like you would have to find the closest store (that has actually has these available in stock) to be able to purchase one – or buy one online. One other bit of information from Eartha Kitsch, which I did not know, Styleselections is a Lowe’s particular brand. Lowe’s sells various lights under the ‘styleselections’ name, the lights are made by different manufacturers all over the world and then clumped under Styleselections as a Lowe’s only brand.
Since virtually no information is out there on these Sputnik chandeliers the best I could do is take pictures of the light hanging in the Lowe’s store and take pictures of the box.
It is an 18 arm light with a brushed nickel finish and Lowe’s calls this a ‘Starburst Chandelier’ – not Sputnik.
The dimensions are almost 36” across and a 60” drop, but the light comes with different length rods so the drop height is variable.
Some more information from the back of the box. And yes, this light does come with 18 “vintage style” Edison look bulbs. The light sockets in this chandelier are made for a normal, regular size bulb…..if you’d buy this light and want to use the ‘star’ type bulbs you still could – you would just need to get socket reducers and then you’d be all set!
FYI – here are the socket reducers that are available from Amazon.
The item number and model number.
So wow, a Sputnik chandelier is now available at Lowe’s…..I am still pretty stunned! When we bought our light the clerk said these were a new style of light they had just gotten in and they were selling “like hotcakes”!
Don’t forget that you saw this breaking news about the new Sputnik Starburst Chandeliers FIRST here on No Pattern Required!
And please do let me know if you are able to find these at your local Lowe’s!