Mar 9, 2016
Here's a solution from the missionaries. We hung a small pulley from the ceiling. (In South Asia they always put heavy duty iron loops in the ceiling to hang electric ceiling fans.) Through the pulley I run a 6' galvanized wired cable with built-in loops.These are the cables you use to secure a cycle or suitcase. To the far (fly-end) loop I attached an ordinary paracord. Raise or lower the lamp as needed. Wrap the paracord or rope around a regular cleat hook.
Feb 20, 2013
As for accessing this overhead light, the one user who tied it to the wall had one idea. One drawback of tying it to something is that you must untie it to get to it and that allows for the possibility of dropping it. I would have one end of the cord secured as a fall stop just in case. But, creative engineers solved this problem long ago. The old fashioned way of dealing with raising and lowering an overhead light is with a counterweight. Run a wire cable through pulleys to and down the wall with a weight the equal to the light. You can then raise and lower the light as desired and it will stay at whatever point you release it. If you want the counterweight out of sight,you can run it up in your attic if that's an option. Of course, you will want to secure the lamp holder whenever you remove the lamp for cleaning or refilling. About that, friction through the pulleys is usually sufficient to prevent the lamp from moving as the oil burns away. The difference in weight is just not that significant unless you have a large font. A counter weight can be made of nearly anything. Cement in a can with a ring bolt to attach the cable to works great. If it is going to be visible, sand or other material could be put in a length of capped PVC tube finished to whatever appearance suits. Old wall clock counterweights might work. This at least suggests some of many possibilities. I hope this helps.
Nov 24, 2012
I would attach a wire cable run through a small pulley to the chain and fasten the other cable end to a hook on the wall. Lower the entire assembly to the table to light or extinguish the light. There are also old '60s lamps that have a lowering/raising assembly in the middle of their cords between the ceiling and the lamp which can be modified. (Replace electrical cord with flexible wire). Hope this helps!
Nov 17, 2012
Beautiful. Newly hanging over our kitchen table with Aladdin inserted. And both are wonderful together, producing a great light and creating a wonderful ambiance. That said, the top of the chimney is at about 7 feet above the floor, so requires either a tall NBA player to lean over the table to blow it out (we haven't been able to find one in our area) or you have to release the entire hot lamp and very carefully lower it out of the brass chimney and ring base to extinguish it. Since you have to do the opposite to light it, it's an extra step to cleaning up that is a slight disincentive to starting the whole process. Having lived without electricity for many years, I am aware this is minor, but having electricity now and being in my fifties, I am also aware how small disincentives can get in the way sometimes. That's all to say that I bet there is a workaround. Any ideas from the creative engineers among you?