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Tikiskip: Guide to tiki bar lights, Identification of styles, ect...
tikiskip
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Posted: 2015-02-02 09:22 am   Permalink

Wanted to start this thread for some time now a thread that focuses on the identification and styles of
Lights that can be found in tiki bars.
Want to post not only lights from the tiki bars of old like Kahiki, Kon-tik and Trader Vic just to name a few but styles that new tiki light makers like myself have made.

The old Tiki light makers/ sellers.
The Sea & Jungle shop
Oceanic Arts
Orchids of Hawaii
Benson's Tropical Sea Imports
Roy Ell, the man who 'tiki-fied' The Alibi in the late 40's

If you have a light from one of these places or have made a light or new light style of your own that
You want to post this would be a good place for that.
Please add the style of light that it is and the maker if you know this information, also stuff like where it’s from, just any info you can about your light.
It may be that you don’t know and want to gain info about your light post it here and others may be able to shed some light on your light.

Sure there is info about these lights scattered about Tiki Central but not a one stop place to see all
Of the many styles there are / were.

I was lucky enough to find many Kahiki lights that I have yet to post on TC up close and will add those here too.

This will also help people wanting to make lights for their home bars as a guide of ideas to get you
Started.

Lights at the Kahiki Egg roll factory sale 2006-03-03. (picture below)
Here goes….

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uncle trav
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Posted: 2015-02-02 1:25 pm   Permalink

Great idea for a post Skip. I don't have any lights to add but I am willing to learn all I can.
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2015-02-02 8:42 pm   Permalink

Thanks Trav.
It should be good as I know I have some good stuff to add.
Will take some time as I want to set up some good shots with
tripod and all that jazz.

Ok here is my first entry.

The FISH FLOAT LIGHT also known as a FLOAT LIGHT or FISHING FLOAT LIGHT.
This is one of the mainstays of the tiki bar lighting styles.
Would say that it is one of the most popular lights of the tiki bar lighting
Styles.

These lights are often made of what some call decorator glass or even plastic globes,
Although some do not like the plastic globe if you look at many of the old
Float lights in places like Trader Vic’s and Kahiki the globes are plastic not glass.

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Quote Sven:
3/6/2015
"Now about those floats: Folks erroneously believe that glass floats are it, but back in the day, RESIN and fiberglass floats were the more common ceiling decor in Tiki restaurants - and you cannot get THOSE today anywhere, while glass ones are common again."
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They come in many different sizes and colors.

It is rare to find a real glass Float that has a hole in it as it is very hard to get a hole in
A real glass float.

There are some newer versions that are glass globes out of Mexico that are basically
Mexican decorator glass and would be too thin to stand the beating the Ocean would
Give a globe like these.

BUT in the end if you can take whatever globe you have and make in work in your
Float light this is all that matters, and this was the way the people who built
The tiki bar of old looked at it.

Will add more photos of this style as I take more.

This raggedy version of a Float light came form the Kahiki.
I think the net on this one may be a Nerf basketball net.
Back then they used what they had.


Here are some float lights in a home bar here in Ohio Blake's Bahooka.
I think two are plastic and one is glass can you tell which ones are plastic?
These are lights I made for Blake and I don't even remember.


Here is the grand daddy of all fish float lights.
The PUFFER FISH IN A FISH FLOAT light, Or BLOW FISH IN A FISH FLOAT light.
You can see these at Oceanic Arts but don't think they will sell em as they are rare.
People do make new ones but the blow fish in those fit through the top hole.
On the old ones the fish will not fit through the top hole AND the ones I have seen have been
what looks like real old floats with very thick glass.
They must have stuffed the fish in the light and let it dry out then made light.
This one from Tikiskips collection is from the Kahiki.



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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2015-02-02 9:19 pm   Permalink

Very cool Skip. Bring it on!


 
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MaukaHale
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Posted: 2015-02-02 9:34 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2015-02-02 09:22, tikiskip wrote:

This will also help people wanting to make lights for their home bars as a guide of ideas to get you
Started.

Here goes….




I can't wait!

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Big Kahuna
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Posted: 2015-02-03 11:53 am   Permalink

Here are mine!

Vintage Orchids Of Hawaii BL41

Vintage

Vintage

Oceanic Arts

Vintage

Vintage Orchids Of Hawaii BL24B

Original Kirby that I hi-jacked from the Rumpus Room!



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tikiskip
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Posted: 2015-02-03 12:51 pm   Permalink

NICE collection Big Kahuna!
Thanx for adding.
This is off to a good start already.

AND thank you for adding the catalog numbers for the Orchids Of Hawaii.
Many of mine are not hanging or even fixed yet.
Better get going.


 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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Posted: 2015-02-03 12:54 pm   Permalink

Very Illuminating.

 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2015-02-03 1:46 pm   Permalink

Here are some more float lights.

These are sets of floats tied so they can hang together.




These floats are all from the Kahiki in Columbus Ohio.
First two are made of plastic and are a few of my favorite.
The last blue one is glass but has a so so tie job.





These last floats are just float lights with a twist.



Group of floats...




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tikiskip
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Posted: 2015-02-03 1:52 pm   Permalink

One more thing, most of the Tiki Central old timers will know most if not all of these lights.
This is going to be helpful to the persons surfing the net for answers on these
lights.

But there will be some new stuff for everyone.
Thanks for playing.
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cy
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Posted: 2015-02-03 2:09 pm   Permalink

Lighting is one of my favorite tiki art forms Skip as nothing adds mood and ambiance more than well placed, well constructed lamps. Look forward to seeing what comes next!

 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2015-02-03 2:29 pm   Permalink

you got that right Cy.
The lighting styles they had for these tiki Restaurants and bars
was so creative.

Even more float lights from tiki bars.







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Big Kahuna
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Posted: 2015-02-03 4:46 pm   Permalink

My other vintage lamps are probably Orchids Of Hawaii, too, but I have not found any evidence.

 
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Big Kahuna
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Posted: 2015-02-03 5:49 pm   Permalink

Sorry, I don't have a scanner, but I hope this helps.




 
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TikiVato
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Posted: 2015-02-04 7:20 pm   Permalink

TikiSkip,
Great thread. I am a long time fan of your lamps and hopefully you will post many of the lamps you have made over the years. I have made a few lamps that I will post below.

This is made from a plastic Christmas Ornament.

These are glass floats with a 12-14" puffer fish. The plastic float is in the background.

This is the same type of glass float as above, one of six I made that are hanging in the Kon Tiki in Tucson.

A table lamp version of the above pendant lamp.

My school of Puffers attached to a ship's wheel.

A Witco style pendant lamp with a 14" puffer.


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