I happened upon an advertisement for a brass sconce this morning with a big fat price tag, and my first thought was, haven’t I seen that before?? But for like half the price? Being in this business, we’re often sifting through lighting selections that our clients have chosen and we see everything from dirt cheap deals of the century to high dollar, high quality investments.

I think I can speak for everyone in the office when I say that there is most definitely a difference between the splurge and the save and it’s more than the price tag. It has a lot to do with the materials used. Whether you like it or not, you very often get what you pay for. But that’s not to say that there isn’t a time and a place for finding a worthy alternative to a wallet-busting purchase.

These 5 alternatives to these 5 splurges look pretty darn good. So good that one of the “bangs for your bucks” even hangs from my living room ceiling…

lighting splurges and saves

Bangs for your buck beginning at the top: DriftwoodLanternCapizSputnikBrass Sconce

Wallet-busters beginning at the top: DriftwoodLanternCapizSputnikBrass Sconce

If the materials don’t look cheap, I’m all for saving on lighting. It’s one of the few elements of a home that doesn’t endure much wear and tear. You aren’t walking on it daily like you do your carpet. You aren’t opening and closing it every other minute like you do your silverware drawer. Your kids aren’t flying onto it and jumping off of it like they are your couch. Lighting is rarely touched. It needn’t pass a durability test.

sputnik chandelier in the living room

It just needs to look good.