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Keep the Light On

No job is too daunting for these lamp doctors.


Rewiring work:
Restoration and Design Studio owner Paul Karner’s decades of lamp-wrangling experience have given him the skills to, say, outfit an antique floor lamp with a nine-way switch or convert a candlelit chandelier into an electrical one (like he did for the White House). He can also replace, restore, and rebuild sockets when necessary (from $25). 249 E. 77th St., nr. Second Ave.; 212-517-9742.

Structural Fix-Ups:
At Filaments of New York, a lighting shop that specializes in Art Deco and vintage lamps, owner Randy Howard is particularly adept at addressing structural problems: reattaching a broken post, swapping out a section of damaged stained glass, or replacing a missing part with one culled from the vast inventory of bits and bobs he’s accumulated over 35 years in the lighting business. Repairs start at around $55 for a straightforward job and cost upwards of $250 for a full overhaul. 34 W. 13th St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-924-3575.

Where other shops are content to rewire a lovely old lamp with a plain mud-brown cord, Illumé’s secret weapon is its stock of period-appropriate replacement parts, including antique porcelain sockets, Bakelite plugs, and yards of reproduction wire. Owner Luca Allegra charges around $65 for basic rewiring and as much as $700 for fixing a three-tier, sixteen-arm chandelier with a broken splice. 223 E. 58th St., nr. Second Ave.; 212-308-1400.

Lampshade Savior:
Nolita shop Just Shades can recover, create, or duplicate just about any lampshade imaginable, and they’re experts at replacing shades’ linings ($160 and up), which can discolor or disintegrate long before the exterior gives way. Building a new shade takes up to six weeks and costs at least $100, while more elaborate jobs like an empire shade with decorative beading and fringe can cost $500 and beyond. 21 Spring St., at Elizabeth St.; 212-966-2757.


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