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Industrial factory lighting by Simplex (V1)

industrial brushed aluminium and porcelain pendants by simplex
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Industrial factory lighting by Simplex (V1)

Era: 1950s Origin: UK

Elegant industrial lights manufactured by 'Simplex', salvaged from a factory in the UK. A brushed aluminium enclosure, with a porcelain and polished aluminium upper gallery with makers marks, complete with the original glass screen.

industrial brushed aluminium and porcelain pendants with glass screen
detail of polished aluminium and porcelain gallery on simplex pendant
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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brushed aluminium industrial pendant having over grey drawers

Restoration

Different materials require different processes. At skinflint we are fascinated by interesting surfaces and patinas, that’s why we tend not to repaint our lights as this can make them look too ‘new’ and they lose some of their of individuality. During restoration non-ferrous metals such as aluminium are often sealed using crystalline waxes, or occasionally left raw so the surface can develop an interesting lustre over time. Ferrous metals such as iron and steel will usually have a clear lacquer powder-coated onto the surface to prevent oxidisation. Woods are waxed to bring out grain and protect the surface. All forms of surface sealing are designed to protect and enhance the surface of the lights.

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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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350 mm
430 mm
5.5 kg
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Silver | Cream

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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