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1930s Simplex Prismax bulkhead

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Reference 19_3239

1930s Simplex Prismax bulkhead

Era: 1930s Origin: UK

This bulkhead is a brilliant example of 1930s industrial lighting. Made by Simplex, the manufacturer's detailing emphasises the British heritage of the light. The authentic finish has been retained to the two-part steel enclosure, along with the original prismatic glass refractor which is designed to enhance light distribution.

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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

At skinflint we are fascinated by interesting surfaces and patinas. That’s why we tend not to repaint the lights we reclaim and restore, instead sensitively refurbishing taking care to preserve each light’s individual character. During restoration, some surfaces are often sealed using crystalline waxes or occasionally left raw so the surface can develop an interesting lustre over time. The original catalogue featured is from our own internal archive.

Product details

Supplied with a screw E14 (or E12 for USA) lamp holder. Suitable for use as both wall and ceiling fittings.

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100 mm
2.5 kg
260 mm
160 mm
Grey | Clear

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

Simplex Electric Co

Manufacturer: Simplex Electric Co

Simplex Electric Co was formed in 1932 when Credenda Conduit Co and Simplex Conduits Ltd of Garrison Lane, Birmingham, merged. In addition to lighting equipment and conduits, the company began to manufacture Creda domestic cooking appliances. Between 1932 and 1965 Simplex Electric Co produced a wide range of lighting products but is primarily recognised for its early elegant prismatic street lanterns, bulkheads and latterly for linear industrial fluorescent fixtures. Then as the mass mergers of the 1960s unfolded, the company was bought by General Electric of the U.S.A. and production as Simplex stopped.

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