Historically, decorative luminaires added an intentional design style to a space. However, while often beautiful, they usually lacked the ability to provide even minimal levels of ambient illumination. Using updated sources, decorative fixtures are now more effective at lighting an area while still lending their appearance to overall design intent. To bring designers’ visions to life, Rambusch works through its specialized lighting, glass, and metal workshops using appropriate light sources for beautiful, energy-efficient light — whether incandescent, quartz-halogen, fluorescent, HID, or LED.
When clients need a lighting fixture to meet their unique criteria, we fabricate original decorative fixtures to your specifications. Over the years we have implemented a vast array of fixture designs in all workable materials, housing light sources from flame to LED. Original fixtures can deliver more than one type of lighting from multiple hidden sources. New decorative fixtures can make a major statement, be concealed, or sit anywhere in between. From our design floor and metal and glass shops, Rambusch facilitates concept, experimentation, mock-ups, thermal and photometric testing, and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) approval – all prior to fabrication.
We maintain seven major UL files and hold 70+ UL sub-files, and can use these to fast-track listings of specific fixtures.
The comprehensive scope of our services in design and fabrication supports all our restoration projects, ensuring the integrity of every fixture that passes through our hands. We are their stewards, and because we build new fixtures, we know exactly how to repair, restore and re-engineer original fixtures to house updated light sources such as LED. Whether pristine or period, Rambusch can return any historic lighting fixture to any desired condition. In the process, we utilize our large private library and historical taxonomy to reference past work throughout the nation. We are well versed in the standards for the treatment of historic properties, employ formal conservation studies to document artifacts, and establish cleaning and preservation plans for historic surfaces prior to commencing work. Restoration does not end with fixture preservation, but can include on-site documentation and removal strategies, insured storage and crating, as well as safe delivery and experienced installation.
We can also create entirely new lighting fixtures to replicate original fixtures, referencing existing samples, archival drawings, photographs, and every form of evidence in between. Rambusch replications are exact copies, generally wrought using the same techniques and materials as the original. In some cases, we’re asked to inconspicuously build in special sources and optics, or update basic components to exceed the functionality of the original. We have years of experience implementing LED to recreate the historical inner glow of incandescent fixtures. We can create any non-existent luminaire to exact appearances, staying true to a specific period of time and historic location.
We developed the ornate chandelier to return the Empire State Building lobby to its original interior atmosphere. Read More
Rambusch was selected to lead the team of artisans by Phelps Construction, who moved Liberty’s torch to the Statue of Liberty Museum on Ellis Island. Our artisans carried out conservation and restoration, including new lighting to illuminate the torch. Read More
This project included full-scale removal, documentation, refurbishment, and re-creation of the Capitol’s 1,400 interior lighting fixtures and helped establish lighting levels, quality metrics, and five grades of finish and fineness. Read More
Rambusch retrofitted the existing downlights with LED technology while maintaining the valuable decorative ceiling. Read More
Rambusch provided lighting, stained glass, artwork, and liturgical furnishings services for the renovation of the historic New York Supreme Court Appellate Division Building. Read More
Rambusch designed and shaped a new liturgical environment — altar, ambo, reredos, cathedra and the new Blessed Stanley Rother Oratory — all viewed under a flexible Rambusch lighting system. Read More
For the past five years, the Rambusch Company has been at the Cathedral Church of Saint Catharine of Siena making updates and improvements to lighting, artwork, and liturgical furnishings. Read More
Rambusch worked in cooperation with the design team to develop and install families of fixtures responding to the varied hierarchical rooms and derived from the historic fixtures first used in the building. Read More
Today’s larger worship spaces often need large glass landscapes, so the new windows were designed to be cost-effective in their mechanics and facilitate efficient installation. Read More
As part of a full interior restoration, the State sought to restore its lighting fixtures and original 1902 historic chandelier. Rambusch created an exact replica, including original irregularities, using archival materials and lost wax casting. Read More