SMVE’s Architectural Design Notes say that you can keep your original exterior light fixtures for as long as you want, as long as you don’t allow them to deteriorate to the point of unsightliness.
If your exterior light fixtures have deteriorated, and you’d like to refurbish them, some of the hardest-to-find parts you’ll need are probably available at SMVE’s Boneyard for Exterior Light Fixtures.
The Boneyard contains entire fixtures and individual parts of fixtures donated by SMVE homeowners. The fixtures and parts are not offered as functional items but only as a source of replacement parts, with no warranty expressed or implied. Any homeowner who uses parts from the Boneyard assumes all risks associated with their use.
To access the Boneyard, contact the chair of the Architecture Committee.✉ Contact SMVE Architecture Chair
NOTE: When refurbishing a fixture, generic internal parts such as those shown above should be replaced with brand new replacement items from a home center or electrical supply house, not with parts from used fixtures.
Ready to move on to new fixtures?
For the benefit of homeowners who prefer to replace rather than refurbish their exterior light fixtures, the following information is condensed from SMVE’s Architectural Design Notes:
New, replacement, or additional light fixtures mounted on exterior walls, porch roofs, or on the front lamp post require prior Architecture Committee approval.
The exterior light fixtures used when SMVE was built are no longer desirable to some homeowners. Replacement fixtures can match the original fixtures or be compatible with SMVE’s overall style.
To view some Traditional, Transitional, and Modern exterior fixtures that have been approved by the SMVE Architecture Committee, see: Post Lamps and Outdoor Sconces.
For more information about requesting permission to make exterior architectural changes, visit: SMVE Architecture.
REMINDER: New, replacement, or additional light fixtures mounted on your home’s exterior walls, porch roofs, or on the front lamp post require prior Architecture Committee approval. For more information see Pages 7 – 9 of SMVE’s Architectural Design Notes, here: Architectural Design Notes.