Lumen Nation

After 25 years in the industry, Tom Rafferty decided to bring his passion for lighting to North Canton. Rafferty opened his shop Lumen Nation about five months ago.

After 25 years in the industry, Tom Rafferty decided to bring his passion for lighting to North Canton. Rafferty opened his shop Lumen Nation about five months ago.

“There’s nothing really quite like our showroom here. … We try to have a diverse selection you just don’t see at other lighting showrooms,” he said.

“I’ve had 25 years to think about what I would like a lighting showroom to be,” he said, pointing out the hand-welded display cages that hold ceiling fixtures and front desk made of reclaimed wood pallets.

The 3,000-square-foot showroom balances its vast selection, which is always updating, with an open floor plan that allows Rafferty and store manager Eric Veverka to quickly greet anyone who walks in the door.

“We stick to old-fashioned customer service in that way,” Rafferty said.

Lumen Nation works to educate customers on the products they buy so no one leaves the store with
regrets, he said. The full-service shop also offers repairs and modifications.

Customers embarking on larger projects or looking to make a big change, can set up a consultation with Lumen Nation to outfit lighting for the entire house or business. Customers also can bring in pictures of a room, and experts will help find the perfect piece.

“We have something for every room inside the house and outside the house,” Rafferty said.

During a visit to the store in July, we found five items perfect for any home remodel.

Right now, it’s trendy to mix up styles throughout your home, so don’t worry about making everything match, Rafferty said. “Every room can have its own personality.”

1. Fitzjames Rectangular Chandelier, about $1300.
This style is huge right now, Rafferty said. “It’s a brand-new fixture but looks like it’s been sitting out in the field.” This hand-welded cage lamp is versatile—it fits into rustic, industrial or farmhouse aesthetics—and would look great over a kitchen island or dining room table.

lumen22. Aerialist two-bladed fan, about $300.
Reminiscent of an airplane propeller, this fan is functional and unique and a definite upgrade from your typical ceiling fan.

It’s operated by remote control and can be used in any room that needs a breath of fresh air.

“It’s a conversation piece,” Rafferty said.

lumen33. Drum-style pendant lamp, about $280.
Drum lamps come in various sizes and styles and can be adjusted to any height, so they’re very versatile.

The unique design gives them some depth, Rafferty said. The lamp can fit anywhere, but Rafferty likes to use them to light up a foyer or over a dinette, or even over a bed.

lumen44. Oil-rubbed bronze vanity light, about $190 for a three-light version.
This fixture showcases vintage-style light bulbs and is perfect for a bathroom remodel.

It’s also available in brushed nickel, to match your bathrooms faucets, and in two-light and four-light versions.

lumen55. Low-profile slim LED light fixture, about $50.
These slim lights lay flat, so they can be hidden underneath cabinets or other fixtures, or mounted on the wall for a cool look. They fit anywhere in your home and put out all the light of a big fixture in a small package, Rafferty said.

Where to buy

The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
News Depot
Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
Grapes in a Glass