Metro Lighting

★★★★☆
  • 2240 San Pablo Ave

    Berkeley, CA 94702

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  • 510-540-0509

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At METRO Lighting we make lamps and fixtures on site, often built to our customer's specifications.

That's just what we did for Douglas P. He asked us to build one of our floor lamps with a taller stem, and a longer horizontal extension arm. He ordered it in person but called in the dimensions later, and it did turn out to be top-heavy.

The solution was to decrease the dimensions or increase the lamp base weight, or both. I reduced the extensions at no charge. But the existing lamp base would fit only one cast iron weight. Having no other off-the-shelf options, I offered to incorporate any larger base Douglas could find to his liking, but in the end we fabricated a sheet metal component to fit the extra weight. Douglas did not object.

On some lamps we use sockets with solid brass turn key switches because they are high quality, but they do get warm. I offered Douglas a black phenolic turn key which is less heat conductive. In either case, our floor lamps come with a dimmer switch attached to the cord, so it is not necessary to use the switch on the socket at all.

We go a long way to satisfy our customers, but occasionally a problem turns out to be beyond our capacity. Please consider a trip to our Berkeley showroom and judge for yourself. I'm proud to offer locally-crafted, high-quality, customizable lighting. I think you will like what you see.

Lawrence Grown
Metro Lighting

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★★★★★

At METRO Lighting we make lamps and fixtures on site, often built to our customer's specifications.

That's just what we did for Douglas P. He asked us to build one of our floor lamps with a taller stem, and a longer horizontal extension arm. He ordered it in person but called in the dimensions later, and it did turn out to be top-heavy.

The solution was to decrease the dimensions or increase the lamp base weight, or both. I reduced the extensions at no charge. But the existing lamp base would fit only one cast iron weight. Having no other off-the-shelf options, I offered to incorporate any larger base Douglas could find to his liking, but in the end we fabricated a sheet metal component to fit the extra weight. Douglas did not object.

On some lamps we use sockets with solid brass turn key switches because they are high quality, but they do get warm. I offered Douglas a black phenolic turn key which is less heat conductive. In either case, our floor lamps come with a dimmer switch attached to the cord, so it is not necessary to use the switch on the socket at all.

We go a long way to satisfy our customers, but occasionally a problem turns out to be beyond our capacity. Please consider a trip to our Berkeley showroom and judge for yourself. I'm proud to offer locally-crafted, high-quality, customizable lighting. I think you will like what you see.

Lawrence Grown
Metro Lighting

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At METRO Lighting we make lamps and fixtures on site, often built to our customer's specifications.

That's just what we did for Douglas. He asked us to build one of our floor lamps with a taller stem, and a longer horizontal extension

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At METRO Lighting we make lamps and fixtures on site, often built to our customer's specifications.

That's just what we did for Douglas. He asked us to build one of our floor lamps with a taller stem, and a longer horizontal extension

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I had a floor lamp custom made at Metro Lighting on San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley. When I picked up the lamp I noticed the base was too small in proportion to the height of the lamp. The lamp was top-heavy. A co-owner said that if he had had a larger and heavier base when he was making the lamp, he would have used it. But he did not attempt t acquire one. Instead he gave me a list of lamp stores where I might be able to find a heaver base. (After I had just paid $500.00 for a lamp!) Soon after I got the lamp home my kitten knocked it over, breaking the piece that attaches the shade to the base, leaving the shade hanging from a wire. When I brought the lamp back to Metro Lighting for repair I asked if there is anything they can do to make the lamp more stable and less of a potential fire hazard. The co-owner suggested mounting the existing round base on a heavier rectangular base for an additional hundred dollars. I couldn't believe that he didn't offer the heaver base for free to correct his own negligence. The lamp is stable now but it does not look right because of the rectangular base (it was designed for a round base). And I burn my fingers when I switch if off because the switch gets so hot. (Metro Lighting told me that no one else has ever complained!) I think that it was very unethical for Metro Lighting to accept my order in the first place when they did not have the proper components to make a stable and safe lamp. I'd like to return the lamp for a full refund. I've imagined just leaving it on their doorstep to be rid of it. This lamp would definitely not earn a UL stamp of approval.

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I had a floor lamp custom made at Metro Lighting on San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley. When I picked up the lamp I noticed the base was too small in proportion to the height of the lamp. The lamp was top-heavy. A co-owner said that if he had had a larger and heavier base when he was making the lamp, he would have used it. But he did not attempt t acquire one. Instead he gave me a list of lamp stores where I might be able to find a heaver base. (After I had just paid $500.00 for a lamp!) Soon after I got the lamp home my kitten knocked it over, breaking the piece that attaches the shade to the base, leaving the shade hanging from a wire. When I brought the lamp back to Metro Lighting for repair I asked if there is anything they can do to make the lamp more stable and less of a potential fire hazard. The co-owner suggested mounting the existing round base on a heavier rectangular base for an additional hundred dollars. I couldn't believe that he didn't offer the heaver base for free to correct his own negligence. The lamp is stable now but it does not look right because of the rectangular base (it was designed for a round base). And I burn my fingers when I switch if off because the switch gets so hot. (Metro Lighting told me that no one else has ever complained!) I think that it was very unethical for Metro Lighting to accept my order in the first place when they did not have the proper components to make a stable and safe lamp. I'd like to return the lamp for a full refund. I've imagined just leaving it on their doorstep to be rid of it. This lamp would definitely not earn a UL stamp of approval.

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I had a floor lamp custom made at Metro Lighting on San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley. When I picked up the lamp I noticed the base was too small in proportion to the height of the lamp. The lamp was top-heavy. A co-owner said that if he had had a larger and heavier base when he was making the lamp, he would have used it. But he did not attempt t acquire one. Instead he gave me a list of lamp stores where I might be able to find a heaver base. (After I had just paid $500.00 for a lamp!) Soon after I got the lamp home my kitten knocked it over, breaking the piece that attaches the shade to the base, leaving the shade hanging from a wire. When I brought the lamp back to Metro Lighting for repair I asked if there is anything they can do to make the lamp more stable and less of a potential fire hazard. The co-owner suggested mounting the existing round base on a heavier rectangular base for an additional hundred dollars. I couldn't believe that he didn't offer the heaver base for free to correct his own negligence. The lamp is stable now but it does not look right because of the rectangular base (it was designed for a round base). And I burn my fingers when I switch if off because the switch gets so hot. (Metro Lighting told me that no one else has ever complained!) I think that it was very unethical for Metro Lighting to accept my order in the first place when they did not have the proper components to make a stable and safe lamp. I'd like to return the lamp for a full refund. I've imagined just leaving it on their doorstep to be rid of it. This lamp would definitely not earn a UL stamp of approval.

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I had a floor lamp custom made at Metro Lighting on San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley. When I picked up the lamp I noticed the base was too small in proportion to the height of the lamp. The lamp was top-heavy. A co-owner said that if he had had a larger and heavier base when he was making the lamp, he would have used it. But he did not attempt t acquire one. Instead he gave me a list of lamp stores where I might be able to find a heaver base. (After I had just paid $500.00 for a lamp!) Soon after I got the lamp home my kitten knocked it over, breaking the piece that attaches the shade to the base, leaving the shade hanging from a wire. When I brought the lamp back to Metro Lighting for repair I asked if there is anything they can do to make the lamp more stable and less of a potential fire hazard. The co-owner suggested mounting the existing round base on a heavier rectangular base for an additional hundred dollars. I couldn't believe that he didn't offer the heaver base for free to correct his own negligence. The lamp is stable now but it does not look right because of the rectangular base (it was designed for a round base). And I burn my fingers when I switch if off because the switch gets so hot. (Metro Lighting told me that no one else has ever complained!) I think that it was very unethical for Metro Lighting to accept my order in the first place when they did not have the proper components to make a stable and safe lamp. I'd like to return the lamp for a full refund. I've imagined just leaving it on their doorstep to be rid of it. This lamp would definitely not earn a UL stamp of approval.

Pros: Pretty display and friendly owners

Cons: Their custom lamps are poorly design

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Come visit Metro Lighting! We carry everything from traditional craftsman to modern lighting, including a myriad of gorgeous hand blown glass. We fabricate the metalwork on site, and work with several local glass artists to create unique and beautiful lighting. With our backgrounds in architecture, we enjoy working with customers to find the right lighting solutions for projects.

Located in West Berkeley since 1993, we are locally owned, 100% solar powered,and a certified Green Business.

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Come visit Metro Lighting! We carry everything from traditional craftsman to modern lighting, including a myriad of gorgeous hand blown glass. We fabricate the metalwork on site, and work with several local glass artists to create unique and beautiful lighting. With our backgrounds in architecture, we enjoy working with customers to find the right lighting solutions for projects.

Located in West Berkeley since 1993, we are locally owned, 100% solar powered,and a certified Green Business.

 

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