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1940s rodded airfield light by G.E.C

Era: 1940s Origin: UK

A rare 1940s British 'Double Obstruction' warning light by G.E.C, salvaged from an M.O.D. airfield. Converted for use as a ceiling light, this striking one-off features a fixed suspension rod, polished aluminium enclosure and manufacturer's markings. Red glass wells make this a true centrepiece, creating a warm glow when lit.

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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

Over the years, we’ve restored thousands of lights that would otherwise have been lost forever - meticulously examining, refurbishing and updating one part at a time. But we don’t only piece together the light’s components. We also take the time to investigate its history, studying our archive of old manufacturer’s catalogues for clues to assemble the whole story. Found in our archive of original manufacturer's catalogues, the extract below (dated 1939) shows our 1940s rodded airfield warning light by G.E.C. in action.

Product details

Supplied with 2.no new screw (E27) lamp holders.

Diameter: 180 (glass) mm
Length: n/a mm
Height: 1160 mm
Width: 480 mm
Weight: 5.68 kg
Colour: Silver | Red
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Non-standard delivery. Supplied wired and tested to BS EN60598. Converted for use in the US and worldwide. IP20 for internal use only.

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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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