Retro British desk lamp by Pifco

converted heat lamp by pico with polished aluminium shade
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Retro British desk lamp by Pifco

Era: 1950s Origin: UK

Converted medical heat lamp originally made in the 1950s by English manufactures Pifco Infradette. The lamp is made up of a polished aluminium shade with ribbed detailing mounted on a brushed and lacquered cast steel base.

pico heat lamp with steel base and aluminium shade
side view of vintage converted heat lamp by pico
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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. The products we salvage come from the old industrial heartland of England. 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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original pifco lighting catalouge


At Skinflint all original electrical elements are removed and replaced with brand new, certified components (EN60598 if your electrician asks). Any pre-wired lights are then rewired, tested and certified in line with electrical safety standards BS EN 60598. That way you have a light you can rely on every day, for decades to come.

black decorative twisted fabric braided power cable

Product details

Each light is supplied tested and rewired with two metres of traditional twisted black cable, a new bayonet (B22) lamp holder, an inline switch and a plug.


245 mm
380 mm
1.6 kg
n/a mm
n/a mm
Silver / Gun metal grey

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


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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