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City Lights

1585 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94103 415-863-2020

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You need to find a salesman because much of what they sell is in catalogs,... - Feb 01, 2015

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Lamps Plus

550 Contra Costa Blvd
Concord, CA 94523 925-687-6723

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Great selection, show room, product knowledge, and prices. - Jul 23, 2015

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Berkeley Lightin

1623 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94702 510-524-1782

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Very helpful staff and management. Allow for home trial and return of fixtures... - Sep 24, 2019

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Coast Lighting

2626 El Camino Real
Redwood City, CA 94061 650-364-3383

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Above and beyond other lighting stores. Quality fixtures, along with a great... - Jan 25, 2020

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Lamps Plus

4902 Stevens Creek Blvd
San Jose, CA 95129 408-246-3088

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They have lots of different lamps but nothing that I was interested in. I... - Dec 27, 2012

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Lamps Plus

7256 San Ramon Rd
Dublin, CA 94568 925-479-0193

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We were looking for wall lamps. The salesperson showed us what was in the store... - Feb 05, 2018

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Stanford Electric Works

301 High St
Palo Alto, CA 94301 650-323-4139

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Current address is 126 San Antonio Circle, Suite 1, Mountain View, CA 94040.... - Jan 17, 2020

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Lamps Plus

2745 S El Camino Real
San Mateo, CA 94403 650-573-0646

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I identified what I needed on line, called them up to find out what they had... - Apr 04, 2020

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Beacon Lighting

550 W El Camino Real
Sunnyvale, CA 94087 408-736-4505

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Store is now closed - will miss them - Aug 17, 2014

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Lamps Plus

1081 Blossom Hill Rd
San Jose, CA 95123 408-266-1001

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I identified what I needed on line, called them up to find out what they had... - Apr 04, 2020

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Lamps Plus

610 Du Bois St
San Rafael, CA 94901 415-453-6912

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Great selection of all kinds of lighting -- ceiling (flush mounts, chandeliers),... - Apr 09, 2013

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Light Source

127 Hartz Ave
Danville, CA 94526 925-838-2929

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Always go beyond what is expected - May 05, 2020

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Lights of Rafael

4100 Redwood Hwy Ste B
San Rafael, CA 94903 415-472-7292

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Lights selection a bit dated and underwhelming for my taste. Staff is very... - Nov 12, 2011

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Metro Lighting & Crafts

2121 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94702 510-540-0509

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Beautiful showroom with many choices of high quality fixtures, locally made.... - Jun 20, 2018

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Lamps Plus

4700 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94118 415-386-0933

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At this store, depends on the salesperson you get "assigned" to. Some are... - Aug 24, 2012

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Light Express

838 Francisco Blvd W
San Rafael, CA 94901 415-459-1261

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Great Staff, very helpful, very fair pricing for a retail shop. - Dec 07, 2013

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Riverside Lighting & Electric

300 Soquel Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95062 831-423-7411

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Riverside Lighting can order anything you want and deliver it on time. I went... - Dec 30, 2014

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Wright Lighting & Fireside

1572 Meridian Ave
San Jose, CA 95125 408-979-0800

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Great for repairs. Competent, friendly, - Apr 18, 2020

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Eichen's Lighting

580 El Camino Real
San Bruno, CA 94066 650-583-6938

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This is just a wonderful, if slightly out-of-the-way, lighting showroom. Their... - Sep 24, 2019

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Lamps Plus Centennial Lighting

7104 Village Pkwy
Dublin, CA 94568 925-803-1926

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Overall, a decent experience. I wish they had a bit more variety. Also, we... - Sep 03, 2014

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