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Reclaimed British factory lights by Benjamin

grey Benjamin enamel pendant shade
Reference 15_2443

Reclaimed British factory lights by Benjamin

Era: 1950s Origin: UK

Salvaged factory lights by British manufacturer 'Benjamin'. Vitreous enamelled spun steel shades complete with original maker's labels.

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label detail of grey enamel shades by Benjamin
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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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detail of labels on grey Benjamin enamel pendant shades

Restoration

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.

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Product details

Supplied with new bayonet (B22) lamp holders and 2mtrs of elephant grey braided cable and ceiling mounting plate. 

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360 mm
210 mm
1.3 kg
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Supplied tested to BS EN60598. 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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Arrived next day, beautifully packaged and perfect for my own chapel renovation!

- Kate | Powys | UK

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Fantastic light and flex... We will be back for more! Service was unimprovable.

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A piece of history

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

Reclaimed British factory lights

Amazing! We are so so happy with our lights, they are beautiful, and we are so happy to have discovered you.

- Kim | Suffolk | UK