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December 9, 2013

BREAKING 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!

Lowe’s Starburst Sputnik Chandelier Light

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.

1      2

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!

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50 Responses to BREAKING NEWS In The World of Retro Vintage Inspired Lighting……. Chrome Sputnik Starburst Chandelier Light Available NOW at Lowe’s!!!

  1. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    December 9, 2013 at 4:31 am

    Ooooh! I love breaking news! : ) I still can’t get over that price. If we had a spot for one, I would have bought one tonight. That is soooooo much cheaper than the other avenues. For our current one, we get our starburst bulbs from a place on eBay. I think they look so beautiful with those. Great story Sara!

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      December 9, 2013 at 11:28 am

      Thanks so much Eartha!!! 🙂 And thank you for all the great work on your end helping me out with the breaking news story….totally, totally appreciate it!!!!

  2. Ima Pam Reply

    December 9, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Whoa! Great news! Says one available in my store. Will check it out in person.

    • Ima Pam Reply

      December 9, 2013 at 8:55 am

      oops, sorry-in Central Illinois. So excited to see these for a price like that!

      • Sara In AZ Reply

        December 9, 2013 at 11:29 am

        Let me know if it works out for you Ima Pam!

  3. Ronda Reply

    December 9, 2013 at 9:49 am

    I want one!

  4. Donna Mibus Reply

    December 9, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Seriously? Lowes? Never would have thought to look at Lowes. What a great discovery!

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      December 9, 2013 at 11:31 am

      I know Donna, it’s kinda insane isn’t it…..Lowe’s!!!!!! Never, EVER would have dreamed that up in a million zillion years!!!

  5. Uncle Atom Reply

    December 9, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Thanks for the heads up, Sara! Next time I’m at Lowes in Alexandria, VA, I’ll check. I’m luckenought to already have two originals in our home, but it’s great to see these available. I hope they sell well enough that perhaps a brass version will be offered by Lowes some day.

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      December 9, 2013 at 11:36 am

      Ooohhhhh, you are SUPER DUPER lucky to have 2 original sputniks in your house Uncle…..sooooo, sooooo jealous!!!!

      Just found out that these ARE available online from a super sleuthing NPR reader, so you might want to check the link out above. I was wondering the same thing too…would Lowe’s ever offer these in the traditional brass….I kinda hope so too!

  6. Ronda Reply

    December 9, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Sara, I was so excited about this light that I immediately went to the Lowe’s website. I didn’t find it at first, so I came back to the story and read that it’s not available online. I decided to add Styleselections to my Lowe’s search, and presto! A few lights down, there it was! So, for anyone who can’t find it in their local Lowe’s, or who doesn’t live near one, here is a link:


    I wish I had the funds, but this one will have to wait. I love it, though. Ronda

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      December 9, 2013 at 11:40 am

      Brilliant Ronda!!! Just brilliant!!! Thank you SO much for finding that link for me….I just knew some kind of link HAD to be out there!!! I guess I was never able to find it because I was always searching for “starburst chandelier” when their link just titles it as a “style selections 18 light brushed nickel chandelier”.

      Anyways, totally updated the post and added the link, thanks again for your help!!!

  7. cherlyn Reply

    December 9, 2013 at 11:04 am

    I was going to say the same thing as Ronda. I found the light fixture on the Lowe’s website and just purchased it!

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      December 9, 2013 at 11:41 am

      Just added the link Cherlyn! And whooo-hoooo glad you were able to buy one…they are even better in person!

      • Eartha Kitsch Reply

        December 9, 2013 at 12:00 pm

        That’s so crazy! Even the guy at Lowe’s couldn’t find them online!

  8. Jen Reply

    December 9, 2013 at 11:09 am

    I had to laugh at this. I’ve wanted a Sputnik for years and my husband surprised me with one LAST WEEK. It was roughly $1200 shipped. Mine is brass, but very similar. Is there anything else you’d like me to purchase so you can then go buy it for pennies on the dollar at Home Depot? 🙂

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      December 9, 2013 at 11:45 am

      Jen! Honestly, your sputnik sounds amazing….and WOW, what a fabulous gift from your husband…I know it cost more $$$$, but since it was such a special present from your hubby I would not let that bother me in the least!

      Hmmmmmmmmm, does HD sell time capsule houses!? 😉

  9. Barbara Reply

    December 9, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Oh my! Dreams have been answered!!!

  10. Diane from PA Reply

    December 9, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Thanks for the update just ordered mine on line from Lowes-score!

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      December 9, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      Awesome – glad it worked out for you Diane!!!

  11. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    December 9, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    My husband just pointed out to me that the specs for this light say that it can’t be used on a dimmer switch. I didn’t know that there were certain kinds that can and can’t but now wonder about our present sputnik. It’s on a dimmer and so far it’s fine. I just wanted to throw that info in there in case anyone loves dimmers like I do. : ) I’d never thought to look to see which light fixtures can and can’t be on them but it’s probably a good idea to always look for that info if you’re dimmer prone.

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      December 9, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      Eartha – I just looked at the specs online…..I wonder if it means it just doesn’t come dimmable from the factory….it doesn’t make sense that you couldn’t put it on a dimmer switch at your own home….weird. I will have to ask Mike about this later today!

    • Shelly Reply

      January 25, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      Are you using a 600 watt or 1000 watt dimmer?

  12. Andrea Reply

    December 9, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Awesome find Sara! Now fingers crossed I get buy these up here in Canada. We do have Lowes here now, so there’s hope 🙂

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      December 10, 2013 at 1:19 am

      Ooooohhhh, let me know if you can get them up there Andrea!!!

  13. Desirae Day Reply

    December 9, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    This is very cool. I am curious, though, about the light bulbs. I can’t imagine that it would look good with the compact florescents that they show on the back of the box. I saw that Amazon had some starburst lights, but they are chandelier size. Are you going to use the socket reducers in your light with these bulbs? If so, could you snap a photo? I’d like to know what it looks like withe the reducers and the starburst bulbs.

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      December 10, 2013 at 1:26 am

      Desirae – Yeah, as far as I know the star bulbs only come in the smaller candelabra base size….I have never seen any larger versions. And no, I cannot see the CFLs working in this light AT ALL….that would just look insane! Honestly, I am not sure what size of bulb we are going to use yet….we will figure that out once we have it hung up…which unfortunately will not be until we find that ever elusive time capsule house we have been hunting for!!! Fingers crossed we find a house soon – we are SO ready!!! I will definitely snap a photo, but it could be a while………………..

  14. Jen Reply

    December 9, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Ohhh, is that ever cool! We’ve had very good luck with Lowe’s—we replaced 3 fixtures in this home with some that had a more retro feel, especially the one over our kitchen sink (it is a hideous modern home, but we do our best with it while keeping an eye toward selling it). Everyone loves the new fixtures we put in, vintage fans or no—and my vintage-loving pals always see the nod to the era while others just think they’re lovely fixtures. So there’s ALWAYS a good reason to keep your eyes peeled in Lowe’s lighting department!

    • cherlyn Reply

      December 9, 2013 at 7:05 pm

      So what were the three fixtures from Lowe’s that you used in your own home?

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      December 10, 2013 at 1:29 am

      Wow Jen, it sure sounds like I have been missing out at Lowe’s! I think I need to go back ASAP and really check everything out…thanks for the heads up!!!

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  16. cherlyn Reply

    December 11, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Wow…my husband just installed the fixture (over the dining table), and I honestly do not know what Lowe’s thought process was on the type of lamps (bulbs)they included with the fixture. 18, 60 watt incandescent lamps are not only bright as heck but they give off a tremendous amount of heat! The only cost effective thing to do is spend an additional $40 on a dimmer. Just food for thought for those of you looking at purchasing the fixture for your own home.

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      December 21, 2013 at 3:59 am

      I somehow missed this when you posted the comment Cherlyn…sorry. Good info to know – Thanks!

  17. Kristin Reply

    December 21, 2013 at 12:07 am

    What a fantastic blog…the lighting design team here at Lowe’s thanks you all for your enthusiasm!! We share your passion for Mid Century Modern…Keep your eyes open in our Lighting Aisle. – Many Thanks

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      December 21, 2013 at 4:01 am

      Thanks SO much for your comment Kristin…and yes, we ALL will be keeping our eyes peeled at Lowe’s from now on…congrats on a FAB light!!!

  18. Cris Reply

    January 2, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    THANK A LOT for this info! One word: S C O R E !! In addition, Lowes also has CFL bulbs (and LED too) that fit. How great is that! No worries & hastle of rewire, excellent price, and energy savings too! My husband could no longer gasp at the thought of the zinging eletricity meter after seeing there was 18 bulbs @ 60w each! (As if the DWR price wasn’t bad enough) For purists, or those not needing the bright in their living room, the star bulbs (7w) are easily attainable online at many different vendors.

    • Shelly Reply

      January 25, 2014 at 6:24 pm

      For those that use dimmers, what size wattage dimmer are you using? With 18 bulbs at 60 watts a piece, that is 1,080 watts, and the highest rated dimmer I can find at a local hardware store is 1,000 watts. Also, Cris you mentioned some other lights at Lowe’s has that go with the fixture. Can you tell me which ones you have used that go well?

      • Sara In AZ Reply

        January 26, 2014 at 3:53 pm

        Shelly, We have not installed our light yet….we are waiting until we relocate……so I cannot answer your question about the dimmer switch. If you have any specific questions you could either ask the sales people at Lowe’s to get you some more detailed information or contact a licensed electrician.

        If anyone else has installed this light or has any further information on what dimmers to use please feel free to chime in.

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      January 26, 2014 at 3:55 pm

      So glad this light worked out for you Cris……it’s a FAB light at a great price!!!

      • Cris Reply

        January 28, 2014 at 7:14 pm

        Sorry Shelly, my husband will have NOTHING to do with dimmers. What I do know is when he put in our ceiling ‘cans’ he rigged them up on separate switches so if he wants it softer, he uses only one set or the undercab lights instead of ceiling ones. I also know that the dimmable CFL bulbs & fixtures are WAY MORE EXPENSIVE than ones that do not dim. I cannot answer why that is, only that for our recessed fixtures, the price difference was like ten times savings! That’s alot considering he put in a couple dozen. Honestly, I was really hung up on the dimmer thing, but now that we don’t have it, I do NOT miss it at all. The multiple layers of light solve the issue way more effectively.

  19. Ang Reply

    January 23, 2014 at 12:06 am

    Oh my goodness this is great news. While the hunt continues for a vintage sputnik light this will fill the spot! Thanks so much it makes my day 🙂

  20. Bradley E Reply

    March 14, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    You will have to go to an electrical supply house and get a dimmer rated at 1500 watts. I went with the Leviton 1500 watt dimmer. It is a big switch and looks very nice. You will need at least a 2 gang box alone just for the switch do to its large heat sink.

  21. Brandon Reply

    April 18, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Just finalized my purchase two nights ago, and hung the beaut last night! Ugh, so excited, and so thrilled with it. I’ve chased an affordable Sputnik for years, can’t believe I spotted one at Lowe’s a week ago either. It sung to me from the other aisle, I saw it glowing and couldn’t believe my eyes. Anyway, snatched it.

    So, after hanging it to the existing dimmer we had in place, last night. After the light was on low for about an hour and a half, I went to turn it off, and the dimmer was extremely hot! I don’t know what wattage the existing dimmer is.

    Combined wattage on the 18 bulbs is 1080. Even with the lights turned on very low, very dim, is the energy still outputting the total 1080 all the time? Or would it be less than 1080?

    I’m assuming had the light stayed on a while longer last night, it would have been a dangerous situation.

    Would a 1000 watt dimmer work, as we will never have the light on full blast?

    I’m not really ecstatic about buying a 1500 watt (from $75-$200) and installing a new dimmer.

    • Shelly Reply

      April 18, 2014 at 4:14 pm

      We had the same problem. You should make sure you have at least a 1000 watt dimmer for his fixture. If you don’t, the bulbs will burn out quickly and obviously there are other potential hazards as well.

      We ended up putting in a 1000 watt dimmer and we also removed several of the 60 watt bulbs that the fixture came with and put in 40 watt bulbs of a similar style so that the wattage is now 1000, to match the dimmer. The dimmer still gets hot sometimes, but it’s much better than it was before. You can buy a 1,500 watt dimmer, but they are much more bulky and may require putting in a larger box in the wall that can be unwieldy. Also, they’re generally only available from commercial suppliers. We couldn’t find one at our neighborhood hardware store. Plus, changing out the bulbs has had an added aesthetic value. We get compliments on the fixture all the time, and we also get compliments on having different kinds of bulb in the fixture.

  22. Julie Reply

    September 27, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    I was thrilled when I saw this story last year, but never thought I’d be able to get one. But now we’ve been so blessed to build our own house! ☺️ I immediately decided I MUST have this light in our dining room. Nothing is going to stop me from looking at this light every day. However I can already hear the builder complaining about the dimmer switch situation. Has anyone used different lower wattage bulbs in this light? I’m wondering if that might solve the dimmer problem. For example the small bullet shaped 25w bulbs? I’m not in love with the Edison bulbs it comes with. I’d prefer a more mid century look a la the starburst bulbs that sputniks used to have (but those are expensive and hard to source). Thanks in advance for your help/suggestions!

    • Anonymous Reply

      September 28, 2014 at 12:57 am

      You can easily replace the bulbs with lower wattage ones, Julie. It will solve the dimmer issues.

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  24. Gina Reply

    July 11, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Bought mine two years ago and I agree with the wattage of the bulbs that came with the light. Not only didn’t I like the shape of the bulbs , or the heat from the light, you can’t even look at it without sunglasses . We replaced the bulbs with lower wattage and we use a dimmer. No problem at all. FYI…. I spray painted mine gold. Looks fabulous!!!

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