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Lighting Changes Need Approval At Grade I Level

Lighting Changes Need Approval At Grade I Level

I help out as a steward and guide at a heritage property.  It’s Grade I listed and of course, the owning trust has to comply absolutely with all the rigorous rules and regulations surrounding this hefty status.  There are many lights in the house – once an owner in the early 1900s had been shown the light with electricity, quite literally, there was no stopping them from converting the chandeliers and wall sconces from candle to bulb.  This was all before the house was evaluated and elevated to Grade I status.  This does bring a certain cache of course, but at the same time the limitations on what you can do with your building are immense.  Every upgrade, restoration or alteration has to be vetted and approved, or not.  The house does have a spectacular selection of table and floor lamps though and these really do help give a warm friendly glow if the odd chandelier needs attention!