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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

The light is supplied assembled, wired and tested to BS EN60598 with two metres of traditional black braided cable, a new switched bayonet (B22) lamp holder and a plug.

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

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

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A quick word from our customers

Beautiful Light! 

I toyed with this light for ages before I bought it, thinking it was a lot of money. When I eventually ordered and received the light, I was not disappointed. I love this light, so heavy, chunky and in my eyes, gorgeous. It will look brilliant in my dining room, in my newly renovated farmhouse. 

- Tina | Cheshire | UK

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