Early pendant lights by HolophaneEra: 1920s Origin: UK
Vintage pendant lighting manufactured by Holophane salvaged from a Victorian London library. Early 1920s pendants which have been carefully refurbished and reassembled by hand.
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.View all lights from UK
The original finish has been retained on the outer steel shade with an interesting surface patina that has been waxed and sealed to prevent further ageing. The internal prismatic glass adds a lovely detail to these rare finds. The heritage of the products is emphasised by the cast manufacturers branding detail, which can be found on the neck of the shade.
Each light is supplied with a new screw (E27) lamp holder, 2mtrs of suspension wire, elephant grey braided cable and ceiling mounting plate. (If you would prefer another colour cable, chain suspension or an E26 lamp holder for use in the USA, please just ask).
IP20 for internal use only. All dimensions and weights are approximate.
Holophane was founded in London in 1896. The name is derived from the Greek ‘Holos’ meaning whole and ‘phanos’ meaning light. The hallmark of all Holophane lights are their borosilicate pressed glass refractors - these are prisms built into the glass giving it a ribbed appearance that produces a combination of uplight and downlight. It's this spreading or refracting of light, illuminating spaces evenly, that accounts for their popularity. The Holophane ribbed glass refractor is a true vintage icon, and as Holophane is still in existence, continues to be used by the lighting industry today.View all Holophane Lights
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Totally gorgeous; I love it. Delivery was very fast too. I now have two choices (a) ration visits to this website or (b) buy a bigger house with space for all the stunning lights!
- Jean | London | UK
Arrived next day, beautifully packaged and perfect for my own chapel renovation!
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- Robert | Chichester | UK
What a great looking light! Fantastic in the kitchen and a great talking point. Thanks
- Neil | Cumbria | UK