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unusual industrial pendants by simplex salvaged from factory
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Early industrial pendants by Simplex

Era: 1930s Origin: UK

Unusual industrial factory lights by 'Simplex' manufactured in the UK and salvaged from a manufacturing facility in the industrial heartlands of Britain. The open design of these pendants creates an interesting effect when illuminated, making them real feature pendants.

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dark green and pastel green vintage pendants with steel casting
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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dark green enamel vintage pendant by simplex salvaged from factory

Restoration

Once a light has undergone preparatory treatment and the degraded surface has been removed, we then begin the journey to bring it back to life. These lights have a brushed and lacquered steel gallery and feature manufacturers detailing. The vitreous enamelled two-part shade has an adjoining brushed aluminium frame. The interesting design of these pendants permits a degree of up-lighting, making them great feature pendants.

Manufacturer's catalogue

We don’t only piece together our lights components. We also take the time to investigate its history, studying our archive of old manufacturer’s catalogues for clues to assemble the whole story. 

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Product details

Each light is supplied with a new screw (E27) lamp holder, 2mtrs of suspension chain, elephant grey braided cable and ceiling mounting plate. (If you would prefer another colour cable, wire suspension or an E26 lamp holder for use in the USA, please just ask).

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270 mm
610 mm
4.5 kg
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Dark green | Pastel Green

Supplied tested to BS EN60598. IP20 for internal use only. All dimensions and weights are approximate.

Simplex Electric Co

Manufacturer: Simplex Electric Co

Simplex Electric Co was formed in 1932 when Credenda Conduit Co and Simplex Conduits Ltd of Garrison Lane, Birmingham, merged. In addition to lighting equipment and conduits, the company began to manufacture Creda domestic cooking appliances. Between 1932 and 1965 Simplex Electric Co produced a wide range of lighting products but is primarily recognised for its early elegant prismatic street lanterns, bulkheads and latterly for linear industrial fluorescent fixtures. Then as the mass mergers of the 1960s unfolded, the company was bought by General Electric of the U.S.A. and production as Simplex stopped.

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