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Vintage school laboratory lights

Era: 1940s Origin: UK

Simple 1940s laboratory experiment lights, salvaged from a secondary school in North London. With a polished aluminium shade, mounted to a chrome plated stem and lacquered steel base. The height and angle of the shade can be adjusted at the stem.

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

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.

Product details

Each light is supplied tested and rewired with a new bayonet (B22) switched lamp holder, 2mtrs of traditional black braided cable and a plug.

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115 (shade) mm
380 mm
2.2 kg
180 mm
110 (base) mm
Silver | Gun metal grey

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

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Love the lamp - it is just what we needed to set off our new kitchen - will have pride of place over the breakfast bar. Excellent service from the company - was notified that delivery would be late by one day but was kept informed. Many thanks.

- Gordon | Glasgow | UK

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A piece of history

We found exactly what we wanted at skinflint: large industrial pendant lights from an old Dunlop Aerospace factory. They fill the space beautifully and we often get asked where they were sourced. With such heritage attached to them, they are like a piece of history that adds to the modern vintage feel we wanted to create. 

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