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1940s church lights by Holophane

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1940s church lights by Holophane

Era: 1940s Origin: UK

Salvaged from a Church in Surrey, UK, these rare 1940s wall lights were manufactured by British powerhouse Holophane. Illuminating congregations for over 80 years, each shade features the iconic Holophane prismatic glass reflector and manufacturers’ markings that emphasise the heritage. A wall plate features a twist and lock functionality, making these easily positionable and angled. Great for illuminating signs in bars or restaurants.

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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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Over the years, we’ve restored thousands of lights that would otherwise have been lost forever - examining, refurbishing and updating one part at a time. But we don’t only piece together the light’s components. We take the time to investigate its history, studying old catalogues for clues and assembling the whole story.

Manufacturer's catalogue

This image of our 1930s Holophane church light is taken from 'Holophane: Catalogue No 4000' (1940), an original manufacturer's catalogue from our archive. 

Product details

Each light is supplied wired and tested with a new screw (E27) lamp holder. If you would like an E26 lamp holder (USA), please just ask.

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270 mm
340 mm
1.6 kg
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270 mm
Black

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

Holophane

Manufacturer: Holophane

Holophane was founded in London in 1896. The name is derived from the Greek ‘Holos’ meaning whole and ‘phanos’ meaning light. The hallmark of all Holophane lights are their borosilicate pressed glass refractors - these are prisms built into the glass giving it a ribbed appearance that produces a combination of uplight and downlight. It's this spreading or refracting of light, illuminating spaces evenly, that accounts for their popularity. The Holophane ribbed glass refractor is a true vintage icon, and as Holophane is still in existence, continues to be used by the lighting industry today.

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