Reclaimed British factory lights by BenjaminEra: 1950s Origin: UK
Salvaged factory lights by British manufacturer 'Benjamin'. Vitreous enamelled spun steel shades complete with original makers labels.
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
Over the years, we’ve restored thousands of lights that would otherwise have become scrap - examining, refurbishing and updating one part at a time. But we don’t only piece together the light’s components. We take the time to investigate its history, studying old catalogues for clues and assembling the whole story.
Supplied with new bayonet (B22) lamp holders and 2mtrs of elephant grey braided cable and ceiling mounting plate.
IP20 for internal use only. All dimensions and weights are approximate.
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.View all Benjamin Electric Lights
Why we recommend using energy-saving LED light bulbs in our lights.
Our UK and international shipping and return options explained.
Where our lights can be used internally and externally, including bathrooms and IP ratings.
Here you will find popular questions and answers relating to returns.
What a great light - we're really happy with it! Delivery time was really quick too. Will be purchasing other lights from you in due course.
- Dan | Wiltshire | UK
I love the light and Cara was fantastic with bulb advice and sending me a copy of the picture of the engine it came from. Great service thanks.
- Marcus | Letchworth | UK
I am extremely happy with skinflint's products and customer service. Pansy was very approachable and understanding. She was also very quick to respond to any queries and always followed up any emails or telephone conversations.
- Shakilah | Buckinghamshire | UK
We found exactly what we wanted at skinflint: large industrial pendant lights from an old Dunlop Aerospace factory. They fill the space beautifully and we often get asked where they were sourced. With such heritage attached to them, they are like a piece of history that adds to the modern vintage feel we wanted to create.
- Estelle | London | UK