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vintage german industrial factory pendants with aluminium and glass
Reference 14_2145

XL aluminium German factory lights (V2)

Era: 1960s Origin: Germany

Beautifully engineered German explosion-proof industrial lights salvaged from factories within the former Eastern Bloc. Polished aluminium enclosure featuring cast manufacturers marks and with original glass well.

pair of vintage german industrial factory pendants with aluminium and glass
pair of vintage german industrial factory pendants with aluminium and glass
detail of casting on aluminium enclosure
detail of pair of vintage german industrial factory pendants with aluminium and glass
vintage XL aluminium German factory lights
Germany

Origin: Germany

German designs are famed for their clean lined and well engineered approach. The Bauhaus School played a major role in combining design with engineering during the late 1920s and early 1930s. A number of lights we salvage were influenced by Bauhaus School design. From the mid to late 20th century, Communist East Germany produced a wide variety of lights for both industrial, commercial and residential applications, often manufactured in three scaled versions to cater for varying bulb wattage.

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Restoration

Where possible we retain the original finish of a light - it is part of its history and emphasises its heritage. However, sometimes leaving a surface as we find it just isn’t possible. Some lights made from non-ferrous metals, such as aluminium, arrive so severely degraded we need to remove their outer layers to allow any further surface treatment to be applied. We do this using an environmentally friendly technique known as ‘soda blasting’. Soda blasting works by applying bicarbonate of soda to a surface under high pressure. The crystals explode at the point of impact and this ‘blasts’ the layer of degradation away - leaving the surface clean for the next stage in restoration.

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Product details

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).

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400 mm
8 kg
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Silver

Supplied tested to BS EN60598. IP20 for internal use only. All dimensions and weights are approximate.

Lights for life

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A quick word from our customers

British Factory Light

I am very pleased with my purchase, it finishes off my dining room just perfectly. 

- David | East Sussex | UK

Superb light

An absolutely beautiful light. Arrived promptly and immaculately packaged. Very efficient service, I am extremely pleased with my purchase. Many thanks.

- Jo | Essex | UK

Eastern Bloc Fluorescent LED

I've been admiring your lights for a while and the great work you guys do bringing them back to life... My Eastern Bloc LED light is now up and it's beautiful. Thanks for restoring such beautiful lights. 

- John | Kerry | Ireland

Impeccable service & a fabulous range of industrial lights

Your service was impeccable & your beautiful quirky stock of the highest quality. I was lucky enough to visit your HQ in Cornwall whilst on holiday near there. What a wonderful creative sustainable environment you work in. Such a fabulous range of interesting industrial lights. I am delighted with my runway light & will tell everyone where it’s from!

- Pippa | London | UK