Industrial lighting

There is a current trend for creating Industrial style lighting schemes which seems very popular at the moment. Bars, restaurants and residential spaces tend to be re-visiting the vintage look through the use of original, salvaged lamps and fittings teamed with quirky bulbs, flexes or installations to bring them bang up to date.

Stunning original vintage lights can be sourced readily at antique and vintage fairs, in salvage yards, on ebay and through antiques dealers. Large factory pendants, Storm lights, Caged, hanging loft and garage lamps, fishermen’s lamps etc. are proving to be very popular in a bid to create an industrial aesthetic. In addition there are a large number of lighting designers and manufacturers producing vintage inspired pieces. Look out for slightly rusting or patinated metals, solid iron, stainless steel, copper, bronze and chrome and team these with modern flex and cables to give them a modern twist. to create a  real ‘wow’ factor, a collection of different vintage lights look stunning when arranged in a linear formation above a table or perhaps hung at different heights in a cluster above an island or a bar.

Please have a look at some of my favourite examples below:

Metal extendable wall light from Rockett St. George. The shade has a 12cm diameter. This vintage style light is made to be hardwired and requires a GU10 bulb.

Metal extendable wall light from Rockett St. George. The shade has a 12cm diameter. This vintage style light is made to be hardwired and requires a GU10 bulb.

This is an impressive collection of fifty 1960's factory pendants from Elemental: Antiques and Vintage Furniture. Constructed from sturdy mirror polished metal with thick glass lenses and finished with deep grey enamelled shade. These would look amazing spread uniformly across a high ceiling in a bar or restaurant.

This is an impressive collection of fifty 1960’s factory pendants from Elemental: Antiques and Vintage Furniture. Constructed from sturdy mirror polished metal with thick glass lenses and finished with deep grey enamelled shade. These would look amazing spread uniformly across a high ceiling in a bar or restaurant.

Caged industrial style work lamp by Discover Attic, Not on the High Street.com. For a touch of vintage industrial style at home, this is a modern take, on the old loft lights with modern industrial styling. Perfect placed on a side table, bookcase or hung from a nail on the wall.

Caged industrial style work lamp by Discover Attic, Not On The High Street.com. For a touch of vintage industrial style at home, this is a modern take, on the old loft lights with modern industrial styling. Perfect placed on a side table, bookcase or hung from a nail on the wall.

Bretz Industrial Pendant Light from Interior Addict. A smart contemporary re-invention of the industrial cage light, a great centrepiece above a dining room table or breakfast bar.

Bretz Industrial Pendant Light from Interior Addict. A smart contemporary re-invention of the industrial cage light, a great centrepiece above a dining room table or breakfast bar.

The Gizmo Vintage Industrial Table light from Rockett St. George is another nod to the stylings of the past. Looks great simply used on it's own or for a real statement, set in a line along a bar or counter top.

The Gizmo Vintage Industrial Table light from Rockett St. George is another nod to the stylings of the past. Looks great simply used on it’s own or for a real statement, set in a line along a bar or counter top.

The large Simmons Industrial Pendant light from Interior Addict is made from solid iron and would really add the wow factor to any space when hung in a row of 3 or 5.

The large Simmons Industrial Pendant light from Interior Addict is made from solid iron and would really add the wow factor to any space when hung in a row of 3 or 5.

A variety of repurposed and found parts came together to make this

A variety of repurposed and found parts came together to make this “fem-industrial” ceiling pendant. Designed by Mark Bell, for Omega Lighting Design, it is fully rewired and ready to hang. Includes vintage 60’s glass globe shade. Each light is always different depending on what kind of found items we have available.

This installation has been created by Omega Lighting Design, using weathered old wench hooks recycled to become beautiful industrial farmhouse pendants. Suspended in a cluster, they have real impact. Great for rustic kitchen island or bar lights. 8

This installation has been created by Omega Lighting Design, using weathered old wench hooks recycled to become beautiful industrial farmhouse pendants. Suspended in a cluster, they have real impact. Great for rustic kitchen island or bar lights. 8″ globes and 60 watt Edison bulbs included. Each hook is slightly different, but the lights can be ordered to exact hang measurements.

You can source some stunning original vintage lights such as these French Vintage Industrial lights from places such as Antiquaireonline.com and other antique dealers or from ebay.

You can source some stunning original vintage lights such as these French Vintage Industrial lights from places such as Antiquaireonline.com and other antique dealers or from ebay. There are also some great antique and vintage fairs across the UK where you can pick up some amazing pieces.

This is an image of one of the interiors of Viajante, a Retaurant & Bar in East London. The installation comprises a mix of reclaimed vintage industrial lights suspended at different heights throughout the space.

This is an image of one of the interiors of Viajante, a Retaurant & Bar in East London. The installation comprises a mix of reclaimed vintage industrial lights suspended at different heights throughout the space.

The wonderfully eclectic Cafe Kafka was inspired by two old tables that were at the establishment prior to it's renovation. Yolanda Vilalta and Helena Jauma, have created an environment that captures the essence of the neighbourhood and respects the integrity of the building’s history and structure. This funky cosmopolitan bistro with a bohemian ambience has been assembled from a collection of different chairs, fabrics, light fixtures and accessories that give it a historical 'lived in' feel.

The wonderfully eclectic Cafe Kafka was inspired by two old tables that were at the establishment prior to it’s renovation. Yolanda Vilalta and Helena Jauma, have created an environment that captures the essence of the neighbourhood and respects the integrity of the building’s history and structure. This funky cosmopolitan bistro with a bohemian ambience has been assembled from a collection of different chairs, fabrics, light fixtures and accessories that give it a historical ‘lived in’ feel.

Additional Research links:

Article on Industrial style lighting – http://remodelista.com/posts/industrial-light-mashups

Article on Cafe Kafka, Barcelona, Spain – http://yatzer.com/Cafe-KAFKA-Barcelona-Spain

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