1930s MEK ELEK wall lightEra: 1930s Origin: UK
An original positionable work light by British manufacturer Mek Elek from the 1930s.
Part of our Spring Greens Sale.
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.View all lights from UK
Comprising a vitreous enamelled shade with a two arm construction, it features 180-degree rotation at the wall plate, with adjustment of the arms and full rotation of the shade. It still features multiple cast manufacturer's marks on the juncture plates and its original green paint finish is a testament to its heritage and age.
This image of our 1930s wall light by MEK ELEK is taken from a vintage Alliance & Surrey Wholesale’s General Catalogue, an original manufacturer's catalogue from our archive.
The light is supplied rewired and tested with a new Bayonet (B22) switched lamp holder, traditional twisted 2.5metre black braided cable and a plug.
140 (Shade) mm
Supplied wired and tested to BS EN60598. IP20 for internal use only. All dimensions and weights are approximate.
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.View all MEK ELEK Engineering Lights
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What a great light - we're really happy with it! Delivery time was really quick too. Will be purchasing other lights from you in due course.
- Dan | Wiltshire | UK
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- Robert | Chichester | UK
What a great little product, saves masses of time and cost rewiring. Will be back for more!
- Chris | Gloucester | UK
Their product is invariably beautiful and wonderfully restored. To have lights that have seen so much and then get a second life is inspiring in many ways.
- Matthew | London | UK