Check 'Em Out: Southern Lights Electric

Dated: 01/24/2013

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Have you heard of Nashville's own Southern Lights Electric? If not, I need to give you a heads up.

Specializing in bombdiggity custom and vintage-style reproduction lighting, the company was established in 2011 and has already been featured in The New York Times and Southern Living Magazine, and on,,, and Yeeeeah, major hoopla. And for good reason. Craftsman Adam Gatchel has even been commissioned to customize the lighting for restaurants, bars, and retail hot spots around the world. That's how this chippy green wall sconce came about, but it's now sold to the public, advertised as being ideal over a bedside table or a favorite piece of art.

At first glance, you're going to think Gatchel's fixtures are all found treasures from back in the day; instead they're made of solid brass sockets and hardware that's been hand finished to an aged patina. Southern Electric Lights sells lots of industrial-looking wall sconces, but is most famous for its "Original Bell Jar Table Lamp" (pictured above).

Each light can be customized with twisted rayon wire that comes in over a dozen different colors. Most are priced between $115 and $250. Southern Electric also sells those perfectly retro Edison-style light bulbs (for $10 a pop), which I'm crazy about.

Southern Lights Electric 2

You can find the base product line on and, but Gatchel is big on customization, too, so if you're looking for something special, just give him a ring. Also hit them up on Facebook here. You're welcome.
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TJ Anderson

TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....

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