Casting a warm glow: At Twilight Lamp Repair, Westhampton electrician fixes old lamps

  • Floyd Fisher, owner of Twilight Lamp Repair, works on a lamp in his work space at his shop in Westhampton. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Floyd Fisher, owner of Twilight Lamp Repair, works on a lamp in his work space at his shop in Westhampton. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Floyd Fisher, owner of Twilight Lamp Repair, brings a lamp into his work space at his shop in Westhampton. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • One of the many lamps Floyd Fisher, owner of Twilight Lamp Repair, has at his shop in Westhampton. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • One of the many lamps Floyd Fisher, owner of Twilight Lamp Repair, has at his shop in Westhampton. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Floyd Fisher, owner of Twilight Lamp Repair, talks about how he got into lamp repair at his shop in Westhampton. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Floyd Fisher, owner of Twilight Lamp Repair, talks about how he got into lamp repair at his shop in Westhampton. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • One of the many lamps Floyd Fisher, owner of Twilight Lamp Repair, has at his shop in Westhampton. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Floyd Fisher, owner of Twilight Lamp Repair, works on a lamp in his work space at his shop in Westhampton. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

Staff Writer
Published: 6/16/2021 1:21:08 PM

WESTHAMPTON — For electrician Floyd Fisher, the society we all live in today is a disposable one. When something breaks or doesn’t meet our expectations, we simply throw it in the trash and get a new one, he said.

Fisher’s job, however, is to do the exact opposite.

“I like making things live again,” Fisher said on Monday afternoon, standing among an eclectic collection of beautiful lamps casting a warm glow in his backyard office and repair shop. And since 2014, he has been operating his own business to do just that, taking old or broken lamps and fixing, refurbishing and restoring them for customers across the region.

Twilight Lamp Repair began as a humble operation for Fisher, who has worked as a licensed electrician for 30 years.

“My forte was doing old homes and people wanted their old lights fixed,” he said.

So Fisher fell in love with rewiring, rebuilding, and designing lamps. He eventually decided to create Twilight, enlisting his webmaster son to design him a website. And as his reputation grew, he began to draw people to his shop from Boston, Maine, New Hampshire and elsewhere across the region.

Fisher’s customers come from all walks of life, from the 88 year old whose “bucket list” includes getting an old lamp fixed to the young engaged couple, 18 and 19 years old, who wanted a lamp fixed to gift their parents at the wedding. He recently worked on chandeliers in the Statehouse on Beacon Hill in Boston.

Just as Fisher was starting his full-service company, however, he ran into a lamp that he says is still the most challenging puzzle he has encountered to date.

The mission-style lamp was like nothing he had ever seen. The switch was made of 18 separate handmade pieces unique to that lamp. He had a machinist redo two of the pieces, but as he worked on the piece he began to wonder whether he had made the right decision opening the business.

“Am I going to do this or not?” Floyd remembers thinking. He laughed thinking back on that time. “I couldn’t imagine not doing this now. It’s part of me.”

No job is too complex for Fisher now. He works on every part of a lamp, from fixing broken stained glass shades to retrofitting old lights.

An example of a retrofitted old light sits near the entrance to his show: a tall, oil-burning Bradley & Hubbard Manufacturing Company piano lamp. Floyd wired the lamp, though it will still work with oil. It is one of the few majestic lamps in the store not for sale.

One lamp, which Fisher acquired at an auction in Maine, features a stunning pattern on a green base, holding up a glass shade that illuminates the space with a soft light. But when he bought it, Fisher had no idea that the pattern decorated the base because the piece was so rusted. It wasn’t until he began restoring it in his bead-blasting booth, which removed the rust, that he saw the intricate work and was shocked.

Fisher said that for many customers, what they buy is something they find in his shop that they can’t imagine leaving without. For others, it’s fixing an old family heirloom or tag-sale purchase that brings them to Westhampton.

Fisher’s shop sits behind his home on 59 Main Road and is open by appointment only on Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

As he looked around the place Monday afternoon, Fisher said that each unique lamp has its own story. And bringing that story back to life is his love.

“It’s like a puzzle,” he said of piecing together parts to eventually light up somebody’s room. “It’s a passion at this point.”

Dusty Christensen can be reached at dchristensen@gazettenet.com.


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