vintage british heat lamp desk lamp
Reference 14_2008

The Soltan

Era: 1960s Origin: UK

Vintage British made heat lamp entitled 'The Soltan' converted to a desk reading lamp. Polished nickel plated shade and lacquered cast steel base and arms. Complete with original manufactures plaque. 

original makers plaque the soltan heat lamp desk light
vintage british desk lamp base
vintage british heat lamp desk lamp
shade detail of vintage british heat lamp desk lamp

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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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 ferrous metals, such as iron and steel, arrive so severely degraded we need to remove their outer layers to allow any further surface treatment to be applied. Grit blasting is one method we use. Grit is applied under high pressure to the surface of the light to ‘blast’ the layer of degradation away - leaving the surface clean for the next stage in its restoration.

Product details

Supplied tested and rewired with two metres of electric blue braided cable, new bayonet (B22) lamp holders, inline switch and plug.


240 mm
450 mm
3 kg
n/a mm
n mm

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


Manufacturer: Soltan

As with a number of the companies that emerged to satisfy the ever expanding home medical therapy lamp market in the 1950s, the origin of Soltan is currently unclear. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s the company produced numerous styles of table mounted heat lamps. Soltan Lamps all have a distinctive branded mark, for the lower priced basic models this was invariably a transfer - whereas the higher priced more exclusive lights featured an embossed plaque.

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