Vintage substation pendants by SimplexEra: 1950s Origin: UK
Industrial asymmetrical British pendant lights salvaged from an electrical substation in the industrial heartland of the Northwest of the UK, and manufactured by Simplex.
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.View all lights from UK
The angled shades have been refurbished and reassembled by hand. The vitreous enamelled shade has an interesting shape, while the two-part lacquered steel gallery features manufacturer's cast detailing. This style of shade works well when illuminating a wall or object as they provide a nice elliptical light distribution.
Each light is supplied with a new screw (E27) lamp holder, 2mtrs of suspension chain, elephant grey braided cable and ceiling mounting plate. (If you would prefer another colour cable, wire suspension or an E26 lamp holder for use in the USA, please just ask).
IP20 for internal use only. All dimensions and weights are approximate.
Simplex Electric Co was formed in 1932 when Credenda Conduit Co and Simplex Conduits Ltd of Garrison Lane, Birmingham, merged. In addition to lighting equipment and conduits, the company began to manufacture Creda domestic cooking appliances. Between 1932 and 1965 Simplex Electric Co produced a wide range of lighting products but is primarily recognised for its early elegant prismatic street lanterns, bulkheads and latterly for linear industrial fluorescent fixtures. Then as the mass mergers of the 1960s unfolded, the company was bought by General Electric of the U.S.A. and production as Simplex stopped.View all Simplex Electric Co Lights
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