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Factorylux Release Bletchley Park Lamp

Posted on Apr 5, 2016 by

FactoryLux has released a glass lamp shade designed in the exact image of the original lighting at Bletchley Park.

Bletchley Park became famous, of course, as a centre for code breaking during World War Two. It was the workplace of the heroic computer scientist Alan Turing who was credited as a lead figure in the cracking of the Nazi codes. And the secret intelligence gathered at Bletchley Park had a significant impact on the outcome of the war. But over the years, the site once hailed as Britain’s best kept secret fell into disrepair. And by 1991 it was at risk of demolition. Fortunately, with Heritage Lottery Funding secured, an extensive restoration programme began in 2013 and Bletchley Park is now open to visitors.

During Bletchley Park’s restoration, lead designer James Wadsworth approached UK lighting manufacturer FactoryLux to help bring the site’s iconic glass lampshades back to life. Factorylux were an ideal choice. Founded in 2007, the independent manufacturer were pioneers of the industrial lighting aesthetic, salvaging, restoring and reselling original light fittings from redundant factories and former warehouses.

The Factorylux lampshade in a light opacity.

The Factorylux lampshade in a light opacity.
Image courtesy of factorylux.com

The Factorylux lampshade in a dark opacity.

The Factorylux lampshade in a dark opacity.
Image courtesy of factorylux.com

The new Factorylux pendant is an exact copy of the original Bletchley Park lighting design, with twisted fabric cable, bronze lamp holder and ceiling rose. Reflecting the exact form and scale of the 1930s lampshade, the new Factorylux lamp measures 175mm high and 230mm wide at the base, with a 40mm hole in the neck of the shade. The glass shade is available in three different opacities. Factorylux also offer a selection of coloured cables for the lamp, ensuring the adaptable design will complement any setting.

The lamp is available as a ready-made ‘Bletchley Park Pendant Light’, complete with fittings in the original style, or alternatively as a ‘shade-only’ option. Traditional style filament bulbs and energy efficient bulbs are also available for the light, which will add a unique touch of heritage and flair to any home.

The white colour variation of the fabric cable.

The white colour variation of the fabric cable.
Image courtesy of factorylux.com

The black colour variation of the fabric cable. Image courtesy of factorylux.com

The black colour variation of the fabric cable.
Image courtesy of factorylux.com

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