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reclaimed airfield light with yellow finish and prismatic glass lens
Reference 14_2066

Airfield perimeter lights. Circa 1930.

Era: 1930s Origin: UK

English airfield perimeter lights by 'Benjamin'. Two part aluminium enclosure retaining the original weathered factory finish, complete with internal reflector and prismatic glass lens with cast makers marks. These pendants work extremely well over tables and island plinths.

prismatic glass lens in airfield pendant light
detail view of original painted yellow finish on airfield pendant light
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. 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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pair of reclaimed original yellow airfield lights with prismatic glass

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.

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Product details

Supplied with new screw (E27) lamp holders, 2mtrs of industrial steel suspension chain, elephant grey braided cable and ceiling mounting plate. Can be converted to accept screw E26 lamp holders (for use in USA) if required.

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380 mm
300 mm
4.5 kg
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Yellow

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

Benjamin Electric

Manufacturer: Benjamin Electric

The Benjamin Electric Manufacturing Company was founded by Reuben Berkley Benjamin in Chicago, Illinois in 1898. With the popularity of its lighting, the company expanded rapidly throughout the USA and Canada and then finally abroad, to England - more specifically London - which is where our shades were manufactured. Benjamin was a prolific inventor, mostly in the field of electric lighting. One of his most influential designs was the R.L.M. enamel shade - an influence so profound that this design is what we now recognise as the classic industrial enamel.

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