Traditional lighting is a huge umbrella term. The options and variations which can come under the traditional lighting bracket are incredibly varied. There are several ways of buying traditional lighting: from chain or high street stores, from antique retailers or from smaller independent shops. The differences are huge, particularly where price and craftsmanship are compared. Traditional lighting from high street or chain furniture, home furnishings and other similar stores are actually traditional style rather than truly traditional. This means that they are made to look a certain way. They may not be made in the genuine material a traditional light might really be made of and it is almost certainly true that they are mass produced in factories. However, these traditional style light fittings and lamps are likely to be a cost effective way of getting a traditional feel to your decor. Buying traditional lighting which is new rather than antique does not present problems. It is also much cheaper, on average, than antique fixtures.
You’ll find many specialist light suppliers who stock traditional lighting made in traditional ways from traditional materials so that you can be sure that you’re buying an authentic piece. Ultimately, the choice of whether to buy new or old will really come down to personal preference and budget. The most important thing is to shop around to be prepared to compromise in order to get the perfect effect for your home for a price that you can afford.