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Vintage industrial lighting by Benjamin

Era: 1950s Origin: UK

Industrial shades by British manufacturer 'Benjamin'. Regarded as the standard fitting for the majority of industrial lighting installations, the Benjamin R.L.M Reflectors were designed to illuminate locations such as schools, engineering works, textiles mills and bakeries.

 

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

These industrial lights have large vitreous enamelled steel reflectors with lower rolled rim and lacquered steel galleries with original manufacturers labels. The catalogue extracts shown are taken from our own internal manufacturers archive. Circa 1950.

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 E26 lamp holders (for use in USA) if required. Please state at point of order.

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480 mm
490 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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