A new way of looking at lighting

Smokin' Dog Lighting owner Hunter Chisholm works on an upcycled light fitting at his workshop/outlet shop on Elles Rd in South Invercargill.

ANTLERS, china cups and saucers, vehicle parts, hubcaps, industrial, vintage, retro – Smokin’ Dog Lighting on Elles Rd has an incredible selection of unique lighting and fittings.

Owner Hunter Chisholm says upscaling has always been in his blood, first as a hobby and now as a business.

So when he outgrew his garage it was only natural he relocate to his South City man cave/workshop/retail shop last November.

The eclectic collection of bits and pieces gets passersby attention, which hooks them into investigating further, especially the vehicle enthusiasts and those who like upcycling, individuality and quirkiness.

“People love it… people from all walks of life come in,” he said.

As well as stocking retro light shades from decades past, each light fitting he makes is different, as each is made from different materials. Some may have car parts, some made from glass or china, or even garden tools, his only limitation is his imagination.

Where other people may see junk, Hunter sees potential.

“I just look at something and roll with it. When I build it… I know if it’s right or wrong.”

As word of mouth has spread, his shop, opposite St Andrews Presbyterian Church in South Invercargill, is fast becoming a destination where people call in regularly, sometimes to have a cuppa and a chat and at other times to see the latest in lighting.

Mr Chisholm also takes commissions and said using car parts was always popular.

Although his main focus was on lighting, he also had a background in installation and servicing of heat pumps and servicing and filter changing of ventilation systems, as well as shower dome installation.

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