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British table light by Pifco. Circa 1960

converted heat lamp by pifco with polished aluminium shade
Reference 13_1649

British table light by Pifco. Circa 1960

Era: 1960s Origin: UK

Vintage English heat lamp by "Pifco Infradette" converted to a desk reading lamp. Polished aluminium shade and lacquered cast steel base.

detail of lamp base on converted heat lamp by pifco with polished aluminium shade
rear view of converted heat lamp by pifco with polished aluminium shade
side profile of converted heat lamp by pifco with polished aluminium shade
UK

Origin: UK

Lighting design in the UK benefitted from a free market. Different companies were working at the same time, designing and producing similar products for the same market. Often with only slight differences in their style, they constantly upgraded and improved their original designs. Many of the products we salvage come from the old industrial heartland of England between Bristol and Bradford. This area of the UK was once the boiler room of the British economy - from the potteries of Stoke, through the engineering works of Birmingham, to the wool, textile and cotton mills of Oldham and Manchester.

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Restoration

In the mid 20th century, lights were designed with care and made to last. The work we do at Skinflint is based on respecting and preserving the heritage of each piece. We have three guiding principles: To salvage the best lighting from the 1920s to the 1970s; To restore every piece sensitively - without compromising its character; To restore each fixture to the highest modern standards. Every light we reclaim has two tales to tell - its original use, and how it came to be salvaged. We’ll let you know its history but the next chapter is up to you. The extract shown is from our own internal manufacturer's archive. Dated 1952.

black decorative twisted fabric braided power cable

Product details

Supplied tested and rewired with two metres of traditional black braided cable, new bayonet (B22) lamp holders with integral switch and plug.

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245 mm
380 mm
2 kg
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Silver | Gun metal grey

IP20 for internal use only. All dimensions and weights are approximate.

Pifco

Manufacturer: Pifco

Pifco (Provincial Incandescent Fittings Co. Ltd) of Failsworth, Manchester were established in 1900 as manufacturers of lighting appliances and accessories. The company went on to purchase many smaller companies, and manufactured a wide range of electrical items including cookers, heaters and cycle lamps. Pifco is most remembered for its distinctive range of heat therapy lamps, predominantly for use within the home - heat therapy was a popular treatment for many ailments in the early to mid 20th century and, when converted, the beautifully designed lamps make wonderful modern desk lights.

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Beautiful light

What a great light - we're really happy with it! Delivery time was really quick too. Will be purchasing other lights from you in due course.

- Dan | Wiltshire | UK

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Somewhat more rust and corrosion than was expected, perhaps because they were the last two. Excellent packaging and delivery service.

- Richard | Isle of Wight | UK

Superb light

An absolutely beautiful light. Arrived promptly and immaculately packaged. Very efficient service, I am extremely pleased with my purchase. Many thanks.

- Jo | Essex | UK

Excellent service

Good product listing with careful explanations. 

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