Eastern Bloc fluorescent (V1)

salvaged industrial aluminium and glass fluorescent ceiling light
Reference 14_1975

Eastern Bloc fluorescent (V1)

Era: 1960s Origin: Czechoslovakia (former)

A refined industrial Eastern Bloc feature light with the original glass tube and substantial polished aluminium end enclosures. Manufacturers plaques on the lamp highlight the heritage of the light. Suitable for installation as either wall or ceiling fittings.

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Czechoslovakia (former) country map

Origin: Czechoslovakia (former)

Much of the lighting we salvage and restore from the former Eastern Bloc was produced in the manufacturing powerhouses of the former Czechoslovakia. Under Communist rule the same design was often manufactured in three scaled versions to cater for varying bulb wattage. The country is also famed for its beautiful glassware, with both wall and ceiling opaline glass lights often being used in public and residential settings, such as housing blocks and schools.

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In the mid 20th century, lights were designed with care and made to last. The work we do at Skinflint is based on respecting and preserving the heritage of each piece. We have three guiding principles: To salvage the best lighting from the 1920s to the 1970s; To restore every piece sensitively - without compromising its character; To restore each fixture to the highest modern standards.

About the lamp

This product is fitted with a new linear T5 28W energy saving fluorescent. The bulb has an average life of 20,000 hours, is located within an etched diffusion sleeve to prevent any glare and creates an even distribution of warm light (2700K).

Alternatively, the product can be fitted with the latest in linear LED technology. The LED bulb has an average life of 50,000 hours, is located within the same etched diffusion sleeve to prevent any glare and creates an even distribution of warm light (2700K or 3000k). The LED option is supplied with either a switched or dimmable remote module (Leading/Trailing edge, Dali/DMX or 1-10v). Please contact the studio for more information.

Whats the difference in brightness between a LED bulb, a fluorescent bulb and a traditional 60w filament bulb?

In simple terms bulb brightness is measured in lumens. Lumens (denoted by lm) are a measure of the total amount of visible light (to the human eye) from a bulb or light source. As a comparison this fluorescent bulb is 1820lm, a LED bulb of the same length is 2130lm and a traditional 60w filament bulb is 800lm.

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Product details

Supplied rewired and tested with a new T5 28W energy saving fluorescent lamp and 2mtrs of elephant grey braided cable.


140 (Glass) mm
200 mm
19 kg
1630 mm
n/a mm
Silver | Clear

Non-standard delivery (POA). All dimensions and weights are approximate. IP20 for internal use only.



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