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Vintage British industrial lighting

Era: 1940s Origin: UK

Vintage British industrial lights by 'Benjamin' salvaged from Henley College, England. Enamelled spun steel shades complete with manufactures labels and vents to provide a degree of uplighting, white glass diffusion bowls and original brushed and lacquered steel galleries. 

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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Restoration

The original white glass diffuser eliminates any uncomfortable glare generated by the bulb and makes them perfect for both residential and commercial applications. Slight wear to the enamel adds character and emphasises the age of the products. 

Product details

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

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460 mm
360 mm
4.1 kg
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Grey (White internal)

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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