Urban Electric lighting


Innovation is at the core of what we do at The Urban Electric Co., which is why technology and ingenuity are cornerstones of our process. One of the best reflections of this is our color-matching program. Defined by flexibility and driven by each client’s specific needs, our craftsmen work tirelessly to bring a designer’s vision to life through color. We sat down with senior order specialist Mary Margaret to find out exactly what you need to know about our color-matching capabilities.

Cosy shown in polished brass finish with RAL #59/20043 Neon Yellow accents and clear glass. Photography by Nathan Schroder.
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The Flat shown in polished brass with RAL #3003 Ruby Red accent. Interiors by Lyon Field. Photography by Jane Beiles.

To start, what is the difference between color-matching and simply specifying a paint color?

When we say color-matching, we literally mean matching a fixture's color to a sample or other design element that clients provide as color inspiration. In our color matching capabilities, we are literally unmatched — no one in the industry offers the breadth and depth of custom color options that we do.

Our color-matching program is in addition to exact matching to all hues from brands such as Benjamin Moore, Farrow & Ball, and RAL.

How accurately can you match a color to the color on a fixture?

For the most part, we are able to achieve an absolute color match.

What kind of items can you match a color to?

Clients have sent us everything from a cabinet door to a piece of a stove. At The Urban Electric Co., we can match our fixtures very accurately to almost any original sample.

What is the difference between powder coat and paint?

The primary difference is in the finish, and in the tone of the finish. Paint achieves a matte satin finish, while powder coat achieves a glossy, enamel-like finish.

Both the powder coat and the paint process involve our color specialists applying the desired color, but in the powder coat process, we actually bake the paint to achieve the enamel finish.

Metro shown in polished nickel finish with Benjamin Moore #669 Oceanic Teal painted glass shades. Interiors by McCann Design. Photography by Sargent Architectural.
Lundy Hang shown in RAL #6003 Olive Green powder coat finish with hewn brass accents.
Hillgate Pocket shown in black finish with hewn brass secondary finish, Benjamin Moore #HC-143 Wythe Blue accents, and clear glass.

For exterior fixtures is it best to powder coat or to paint?

It is imperative to consider the environment where the fixture will hang. For fixtures that remain in the elements, we recommend a powder coat finish. It is much more durable and does not require as much maintenance as do other finishes. There is even a marine-grade powder coat we can apply to fixtures in locations that receive a lot of wind and salt air.

What is the cost to color match a fixture?

For a custom powder coat match, the cost is $585.00. For paint, a premium upcharge applies and the percentage ranges for each fixture.

What are some other ways to add color that do not involve powder coat or paint?

There are many other ways to add color to UECo. fixtures. One way is by adding a pop of color to a cord on a fixture, such as to the Audley or to the Hockney. We can also color match any shade on any fixture, such as the Chiltern Double or the Bit Wall. Selecting colored glass or mixing metals is another unexpected way to add color and intrigue to a fixture.

Garrison Wall shown in heirloom finish with translucent antique mirror on cobalt blue glass inlay and seeded glass hurricane, customized. Interiors by Ellen Kavanaugh Interiors.
Kardamyli shown in heirloom finish with lavender glass and milk glass accents.
Whitby shown (hard-wired) in polished brass unlacquered finish with shade SH-140C-PT (Benjamin Moore #357 Yellow Hibiscus). Interiors by Amie Corley.

How does color matching affect lead times?

Color matching only affects lead times for our Quick Ship program by adding two weeks to the timeline.

Are there limitations to the color matching processes?

There are limitations in the types of fixtures to which colors can be applied. Size and structure can be factors. Our sales coordinators are knowledgeable about all of this and can discuss any factors that might relate to your specific project and vision.

Head over to our Color program page for more details or contact a sales coordinator to get started!