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polished aluminium and prismatic glass salvaged substation lights
Reference 14_1858

Substation lights

Era: 1960s Origin: UK

Industrial pendants salvaged from recently refurbished 1960s electrical substations throughout the Southeast of England, UK. Elegant polished aluminium enclosure with vitreous enamelled reflector and two part prismatic glass refractor by 'Holophane'.

detail from above of polished aluminium enclosure of substation light
view from underneath of prismatic glass lens on substation lights
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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pair of polished aluminium and prismatic glass salvaged substation lights

Restoration

Every one of our lights goes through a variety of processes to bring it from the worn and often dilapidated state it arrives in, to a stage where it is ready for your project. The first and most important stage is fully dismantling each and every light - we do this even if we have hundreds of identical lights. We then undertake an in-depth review of its construction and following that, map its journey through restoration.

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Product details

Supplied with new screw (E27) lamp holders, 2mtrs of industrial steel suspension chain, elephant grey braided cable and ceiling mounting plate. Can be converted to accept screw E26 lamp holders (for use in USA) if required. Please state at point of order.

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300 mm
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4 kg
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IP20 for internal use only. All dimensions and weights are approximate.

Holophane

Manufacturer: Holophane

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.

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