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Vintage substation pendants by Benjamin

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1950s industrial substation angled pendant grey enamel shade
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Vintage substation pendants by Benjamin

Era: 1950s Origin: UK

A large run of industrial parabolic pendant lights by British manufacturer 'Benjamin', which were salvaged from a 1950s electrical substation in the Northwest of the UK.

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1950s industrial substation angled pendant grey enamel shade with brass gallery
cast brass gallery on Benjamin grey enamel industrial pendant light
1950s original label on grey enamel industrial pedant 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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original Benjamin 1950s lighting catalogue

Restoration

A polished brass gallery features cast detailing, along with the original manufacturer's labels which are still intact. We don’t only piece together the light’s components, we take the time to investigate its history. This extract is from our own internal archive, an original 1950s Benjamin Electric Ltd catalogue.

grey braided cable for lighting industrial suspension wire

Product details

Each light is supplied with a new screw (E27) lamp holder, 2mtrs of suspension wire, elephant grey braided cable and ceiling mounting plate. (If you would prefer another colour cable, chain suspension or an E26 lamp holder for use in the USA, please just ask).

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330 mm
420 mm
2.2 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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