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side view of wall mounted angled opaline wall lights by GEC
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1950s wall lights by GEC

Era: 1950s Origin: UK

Salvaged vintage British wall lights manufactured by G.E.C. A moulded wall mounting made from Roanoid, an early derivative of Bakelite, with cast manufacturers logo. Complete with its original opaline glass globe, which diffuses the light nicely when illuminated.

a group of wall mounted angled opaline wall lights by GEC on floor
detail of cast makers mark on GEC wall lights
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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original GEC catalogue product page with wall light

Restoration

Over the years, we’ve restored thousands of lights that would otherwise have become scrap. We take the time to investigate its history, studying old catalogues for clues and assembling the whole story. The extract shown is from our own internal manufacturer's archive and taken from the 'G.E.C.: Lighting Fittings' catalogue, dated June 1950. Cat Number F32013

front view of GEC opaline and Roanoid wall light

Product details

Supplied with a new screw (E27) lamp holder.

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140 (glass) mm
230 mm
0.8 kg
175 (projection) mm
90 (wall plate) mm
White

IP20 for internal use only. All dimensions and weights are approximate.

G.E.C

Manufacturer: G.E.C

Established in London, in 1886 the General Electric Company were to become the largest electrical manufacturing organisation in the British Empire and lived up to their description of ‘Manufacturers of everything electrical’ throughout their 100 year history. During the mass industrialisation of the 1950s, GEC were often the supplier of choice for lighting the factories, workshops and mills of Britain with their huge range of light fixtures for every application.

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