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1930s British factory light by Mek Elek

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1930s British factory light by Mek Elek

Era: 1930s Origin: UK

A characterful vitreous green enamelled factory light by Mek Elek from the 1930s. Sensitively refurbished and restored retaining its original paint finish to the arms and wall plate, it comes complete with the original enamel shade and slight localised wear, emphasising the age and authentic heritage of the product. The wall light can be adjusted on both arms and the shade angled as desired.

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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

The restoration process our vintage lighting goes through can take many months. First, we gently disassemble each light fitting allowing us to spot any flaws and plan how best to bring it up to modern electrical standards. Our team of experts then patiently restore each component by hand. The finished result is a meticulously restored vintage light that is ready for use for decades more to come.

Product details

The light is supplied rewired and tested with a new Bayonet (B22) switched lamp holder.

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140 (shade) mm
520 (min) mm
2.98 kg
1220 (max projection) mm
130 (wall plate) mm
Green

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

MEK ELEK Engineering

Manufacturer: MEK ELEK Engineering

Founded during 1931 in London, UK, MEK ELEK specialised in the manufacture of the Mekelite lathe light, primarily for use within the aircraft industry. Pathé newsreels of the 1940s clearly show row upon row of munitions machinists, labouring away under the illumination of Mek Elek lights. Mekelite lights were available in a wide range of types and sizes for floor, bench, wall and ceiling applications - all versions being based around a similar family of components. It is not known what became of the company, but their designs have stood the test of time and remain one of our favourite brands of early industrial lighting.

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