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  • Center 44

  • Bulbs World

  • Conran Shop

  • Craig Van Den Brulle

  • Lighting by Gregory

  • Lite Brite Neon Studio

  • Pearl River

Center 44

Bulbs World
This well-stocked shop offers bright ideas for keeping all of your fixtures in working order. Since it caters to contractors and consumers alike, you'll find energy-efficient compact fluorescents, Edison filaments, novelty bulbs, hard-to-find sizes, LED lights, Christmas twinklers and other hardware. 121 Chrystie St at Broome St (212-941-8265)

The Conran Shop
This trendy mecca focuses on 20th-century designs, from classic industrial looks by Artemide to the Koncept Z-Bar in three sizes ($140--$200), and Fluoro, a fluorescent orange pendant lamp from Brit-cool designer Tom Dixon ($445). Also noteworthy: the whimsical and ambient Cheese Greater lamp ($75). 407 E 59th St between First Ave and Sutton Pl (212-755-9079, conranusa.com)

Craig Van Den Brulle
Behold 3,000 square feet of rare and exceptional vintage fixtures, featuring some of the 20th century's most elegant designs—including a pair of 1990s Garouste & Bonetti sconces—still in perfect condition. Other finds include Venini glass chandeliers ($2,500 and up), a pair of Vistosi aqua glass lamps ($4,700) and VDB, the designer's "urban classic" custom line. 192 Elizabeth St between Prince and Spring Sts (212-925-6760, craigvandenbrulle.com)

Filaments
Randy Howard stocks an eclectic selection of one-of-a-kind European and American fixtures; his well-focused eye for design means you'll find everything from Victorian and Regency-period to midcentury and contemporary, from 1960s style-maker Joe Colombo to Lightolier. Table lamps start at $95 and floor lamps at $165. 34 W 13th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-924-3575, filamentsofnewyork.com)

Horseman Antiques
Midcentury magic: Donald Gianchetta has been in business for 48 years, so it makes sense that his spectrum-spanning selection represents the era's most visionary designs. The shop specializes in chandeliers ($200 and up) in Lucite, chrome, stainless steel and crystal, and a distinctive assortment of floor and table lamps ($200--$500). Ian Morgan's expert repair and refinishing is also available. 351 Atlantic Ave between Bond and Hoyt Sts, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn (718-596-1048)

Lee's Studio
The buying team here stays on the cutting edge by frequenting trade shows, so expect the best names in hip, contemporary European and domestic lighting design—including a dazzling 50-bulb Flos chandelier. Or you can be, you know, sensible and just pick up a back-to-school-special desk lamp for $69. 220 W 57th St between Broadway and Seventh Ave (212-581-4400, leesstudio.com)

Lighting by Gregory
The largest contemporary lighting gallery in the city for 25 years and counting, this 7,500-square-foot showroom features 21 new gallery displays and a who's who of high-end names, including Holtkotter, Robert Sonneman, Estluz and more. Prices range from $1 for bulbs and switches to $50,000 for a Swarovski crystal chandelier. 158 Bowery at Delancey St (212-226-1276, lightingbygregory.com)

Lite Brite Neon
Ever wanted to see your name in lights? Energy efficient and artful when lit or unlit, neon's no longer languishing in the glitter gulch. Each member of Lite Brite owner Matt Dilling's staff of artisans has at least five years of technical training in this alchemical art. Custom commissions start at $500. 232 3rd St at Third Ave, Gowanus, Brooklyn (718-855-6082, litebriteneon.com)

Pearl River
A shining example of high style with a low price tag, this Asian shopping emporium is also a destination for inexpensive and inventive lighting solutions. Pop by for novelty wall Buddhas ($49.50), animal night lamps ($18.50), colorful paper lanterns and parasols ($1.75--$22.50), and bamboo and wood designs out the wazoo ($100 and up). 477 Broadway between Broome and Grand Sts (212-431-4770, pearlriver.com)

Room & Board
As the city's official dealer of George Nelson bubble lamps—part of MoMA's permanent collection and priced to move at $269 and up—this is the go-to shop for iconic modern style. The space also stocks Noguchi ($85--$275) and Galbraith & Paul hand-blocked linen pendant shades in 27 fabric options ($349--$449), among other items. 105 Wooster St between Prince and Spring Sts (212-334-4343, roomandboard.com)

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