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Retro British desk lamp

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original vintage British desk light Pifco heat lamp
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Retro British desk lamp

Era: 1950s Origin: UK

An original heat lamp by English manufacturers 'Pifco', now converted into a simple desk light. These style of lamps were once used for their healing and health giving properties to treat a number of conditions through the use of ultra-violet or infra-red light.

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front view of original vintage British desk light Pifco heat lamp
side view of polished aluminium original vintage British desk light Pifco heat lamp
vintage original steel base pico desk reading light
Retro British desk lamp on industrial sideboard
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

Once a light has undergone preparatory treatment and the degraded surface has been removed, the path is clear for us to bring it back to life. The ribbed aluminium shade, mounted to the stem with bakelite handle, has been refurbished by hand and polished. The elegant style brushed and lacquered cast steel base has been brushed and lacquered.  

burgundy red braided twisted cable vintage lighting

Product details

The light is supplied tested and rewired with two metres of traditional twisted burgundy cable, a new bayonet (B22) lamp holder, inline switch, and a plug.

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235 (shade) mm
390 mm
1.6 kg
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Silver | Gun metal grey

IP20 for internal use only. All dimensions and weights are approximate.

Pifco

Manufacturer: Pifco

Pifco (Provincial Incandescent Fittings Co. Ltd) of Failsworth, Manchester were established in 1900 as manufacturers of lighting appliances and accessories. The company went on to purchase many smaller companies, and manufactured a wide range of electrical items including cookers, heaters and cycle lamps. Pifco is most remembered for its distinctive range of heat therapy lamps, predominantly for use within the home - heat therapy was a popular treatment for many ailments in the early to mid 20th century and, when converted, the beautifully designed lamps make wonderful modern desk lights.

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I’ve now purchased five different products over two home refurbishments. Alongside the product, the service, speed and packaging it is spot on. It's only skinflint that make me wish I had another project to work on and a larger property to kit out.

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