Last weekend I had the chance to meet a lovely lady in Andersonville who had purchased these beautiful fixtures. She found me on the internet by searching for old wiring experts, since her building is from the 1920s. She had been concerned
that the old wiring may not have been dealt with when the condo conversion was done. She was right, there were still some cloth-covered wires in use above the old fixtures. Fortunately, in this case they were not nearly as deteriorated or compromised as they usually are, and we were able to work with them. She was lucky; that is hardly ever the case. But by installing white extension boxes, which added an inch and a half of wiring space, we were able to keep the old wires in use by creating a cavity for them that would not force them to be crammed and jammed into tight quarters, which would both do damage to the insulation and restrict air space for ambient temperature cooling, which is vital in ceiling fixtures. These extension boxes were clean and white, and are hardly noticeable.
She was very pleased, and I was both glad to have a great new client and a tad envious of her beautiful lighting. She has excellent taste.