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Blue Enamel Vintage Industrial Pendants Hanging Lamps
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Blue large factory light blue enamel. White interior cast iron top. Weight: 2.8 kg / 6.2 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international standards...
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Mid-20th Century Hungarian Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Enamel

Black Enamel Vintage Industrial Iron Scissor Pendant Lights
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Scissor varia steel pendant. Black enamel spot. White interior. Weight: 6.0 kg / 13.2 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international standard...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Enamel, Steel

White Porcelain Opaline Glass Vintage Industrial Brass Pendant Lights
By 360volt
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Porcelain industrial hanging lamp. White porcelain, brass and Opaline glass. 2 conductors, no ground. Weight: 1.40 kg / 3.1 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made ...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

White Porcelain Clear Glass Vintage Industrial Brass Pendant Lights
By 360volt
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Porcelain industrial hanging lamp. White porcelain, brass and clear glass. 2 conductors, no ground. Weight: 1.20 kg / 2.6 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made su...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

White Porcelain Clear Glass Vintage Industrial Brass Pendant Lights
By 360volt
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Porcelain industrial hanging lamp. White porcelain, brass and clear glass. 2 conductors, no ground. Weight: 1.20 kg / 2.6 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made su...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

White Porcelain Clear Glass Vintage Industrial Brass Pendant Lights
By 360volt
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Porcelain industrial hanging lamp. White porcelain, brass and clear glass. 2 conductors, no ground. Weight: 1.40 kg / 3.1 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made su...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

White Porcelain Opaline Glass Vintage Industrial Brass Pendant Lights
By 360volt
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Porcelain industrial hanging lamp. White porcelain, brass and opaline glass. 2 conductors, no ground. Weight: 1.20 kg / 2.6 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made ...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

White Porcelain Opaline Glass Vintage Industrial Brass Pendant Lights
By 360volt
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Porcelain industrial hanging lamp. White porcelain, brass and opaline glass. 2 conductors, no ground. Weight: 2.00 kg / 4.4 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made ...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

White Porcelain Opaline Glass Vintage Industrial Brass Pendant Lights
By 360volt
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Porcelain industrial hanging lamp. White porcelain, brass and opaline glass. 2 conductors, no ground. Weight: 2.00 kg / 4.4 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made ...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Blue Gray Enamel Vintage Industrial Cast Iron Top Factory Pendants
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Enamel industrial pendant Blue grey enamel shade, cast iron top, white inside. Weight: 4.70 kg / 10.4 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by inter...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Iron, Enamel

Ship's Chrome Deck Light with Iron Bracket
Located in Nantucket, MA
A nautical chrome deck light from a working ship, with an iron bracket which is slightly offset but stays center when you hang it. Midcentury. Rewired for American use and takes one ...
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Mid-20th Century Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Gray Enamel Vintage Industrial Pendant Light
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Enamel industrial pendant Gray enamel shade, white inside. Dark gray / green cast aluminum top Weight: 2.90 kg / 6.4 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made s...
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Mid-20th Century Ukrainian Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Enamel, Aluminum

Vintage Industrial Gray Enamel Scissor Pendant Lights
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Scissor varia steel pendant. Grey enamel. White interior. Mounting plate: 12 × 7 cm. Weight: 5.8 kg / 12.8 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by i...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Enamel, Steel

Black Enamel Vintage Industrial Scissor Pendant Light
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Large scissor light. Black enamel pendant. White interior. Mounting plate: 12 × 7cm. Weight: 6.5 kg / 14.3 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by ...
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Mid-20th Century German Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Enamel, Steel

Green Brown Metal Vintage Industrial Pendant Lights
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Industrial pedant light spot light. Green rust metal with rotatable arm Weight: 4.50 kg / 9.9 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Iron

Large Black Enamel Vintage Industrial Pendant Light
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Industrial hanging lamp. Black enamel. White interior. Weight: 5.3 kg / 11.7 lb All lamps have been made suitable by international standards for incandescent light bulbs, energ...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Enamel

Black Enamel Vintage Industrial Scissor Pendant Lights
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Large scissor light. Black enamel pendant. White interior. Mounting plate: 12 × 7cm. Weight: 6.5 kg / 14.3 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by ...
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Mid-20th Century German Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Enamel, Steel

Green Brown Metal Vintage Industrial Pendant Lights
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Industrial pedant light spot light Gubin. Green rust metal with rotatable arm Weight: 4.50 kg / 9.9 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by interna...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Iron

Black Enamel Vintage Industrial Scissor Pendant Lights
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Scissor varia steel pendant adjustable length black enamel spot, white interior Spotlight size: diam. 53 cm (height 40 cm) 90° angle adjustable shade As shown on picture 1...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Enamel, Steel

Black Enamel Vintage Industrial Factory Hanging Lights Pendants
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Black enamel, white interior 80" / 200 cm black cotton wire. Weight: 1.0 kg / 2.2 lb All lamps have been made suitable by international standards for incandescent light bulbs,...
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Mid-20th Century Hungarian Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Enamel

Green Enamel Vintage Industrial Aluminum Top Pendant Lights
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Enamel industrial pendant Light green enamel shade, white inside. Dark gray cast aluminum top Weight: 2.20 kg / 4.9 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable...
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Mid-20th Century Ukrainian Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, Enamel

Black Enamel Vintage Industrial Metal Top Pendant Light
By Mazda
Located in Amsterdam, NL
French factory light. Black enamel. Used in warehouses and factories. Weight: 5.10 kg / 11.2 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international s...
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Mid-20th Century French Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Enamel, Metal

Zeiss Ikon Mirror Glass Vintage Industrial Hanging Light Pendant
By Zeiss Ikon
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Zeiss Ikon mirror glass pendant Aluminium top 2 meter black wire excluding light bulb E27 / E26 Weight: 1.20 kg / 2.6 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been...
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Mid-20th Century German Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Black Enamel German Vintage Industrial Bakelite Top Pendant lamp
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Biesdorf extra large straight. The German Industrial Classic! Used in warehouses and factories in Germany. Black enamel top with Bakelite top. Weight: 2.0 kg / 4.4 lb Priced p...
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Mid-20th Century German Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Enamel

White Enamel Vintage Industrial Cast Iron Factory Pendant Lights
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Factory hanging lamp White enamel white interior Cast iron top Weight 5.0 kg / 11 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international standards ...
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Mid-20th Century Hungarian Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Iron, Enamel

Gray Metal Vintage Industrial Cast Clear Glass Cage Pendant Lamps
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Industrial hanging lamp. Silver grey cast aluminum. Clear glass. Weight: 7.1 kg / 15.7 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international standa...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

French Heavy Brown Cast Iron Vintage Industrial Clear Glass Pendant Lamp
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Vintage industrial hanging lamp Brown painted cast iron clear glass Weight: 20.00 kg / 44.1 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international ...
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Mid-20th Century French Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Iron

Black Aluminum Vintage Industrial Cast Iron Top Clear Glass Pendant Lights
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Vintage black industrial pendant. Aluminum shade, cast iron top and clear glass. Weight 4.50 kg / 9.9 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by inter...
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Mid-20th Century Polish Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, Iron

Antique Philips Industrial Lights
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Large industrial lights. Unique and authentic see pictures for details. As seen in photos, heavy glazed steel and wired.
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Mid-20th Century American Chandeliers and Pendants

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Porcelain

White Porcelain Vintage Industrial Clear Glass Hanging Lights
By 360volt
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Industrial pendant. White porcelain, clear glass. 2 conductors, no ground. Weight: 1.80 kg / 4 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international sta...
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Mid-20th Century Hungarian Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Porcelain, Glass

Black Bakelite Vintage Industrial Metal Cage Work Lights
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Vintage work light made out of bakelite. Including 2 meters of black cotton wire. Weight: 0.50 kg / 1.1 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by interna...
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Mid-20th Century German Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

White Porcelain Vintage Industrial Holophane Glass Hanging Light
By 360volt
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Industrial pendant. White porcelain, clear Holophane glass. 2 conductors, no ground. Weight: 1.80 kg / 4 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by interna...
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Mid-20th Century Hungarian Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Porcelain, Glass

Gray Aluminum Shade Vintage Industrial Iron Scissor Spot Lights
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Scissor varia steel pendant. Gray aluminum Philips spot light. Mounting plate: 12 × 7 cm Weight: 6.8 kg / 15 lb All lamps have been made suitable by international standards...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Steel, Aluminum

Cast Aluminum Vintage Industrial Clear Glass Cage Hanging Lamp
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Industrial hanging lamp silver gray cast aluminum clear glass Weight: 8.50 kg / 18.7 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international standar...
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Mid-20th Century Polish Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Cast Aluminum Vintage Industrial Clear Glass Cage Hanging Lamps
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Industrial hanging lamp silver grey green cast aluminum clear glass Weight: 9.00 kg / 19.8 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international s...
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Mid-20th Century Polish Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Cast Aluminum Vintage Industrial Clear Glass Cage Hanging Lamps
Located in Amsterdam, NL
industrial hanging lamp silver grey green cast aluminum clear glass Weight: 10.50 kg / 23.1 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international standa...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Black Green Enamel Vintage Industrial Pendant Light
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Factory hanging light black green enamel, white interior Weight: 1.50 kg / 3.3 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international standards for ...
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Mid-20th Century French Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Enamel

One of Twenty-Four Giant Industrial Lights
Located in Antwerp, BE
Twenty-four down-lighters from the 1940s-1950s. Completely enameled inside and out. Greyish black on the outside, white on the inside. Great looking in a bar, a loft or over your kit...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Blue Enamel Vintage Industrial Metal Cage Work Lights
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Blue enamel work light, 2 meter, 80" black cotton wire. Weight: 0.90 kg / 2 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international standards for inca...
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Mid-20th Century Hungarian Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Enamel

White Enamel Pendant Light by Louis Poulsen, 1960s Industrial Ceiling Lighting
By Louis Poulsen
Located in Frederiksberg, DK
White enamel pendant light designed and produced by Louis Poulsen in the 1960s - Classic mid-century Industrial workshop light with white enamel in excellent vintage condition. Up f...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Old Industrial Task Light with a Steel Cage, Wood Handle and a Steel Hook
Located in Crespieres, FR
Old task light with a superb patina. The steel body and cage part are both steel and brass colored producing an interesting finish. The tactile old wood handle is curved to offer a p...
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Mid-20th Century Asian Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Steel

Midcentury Industrial Pendant / Up to 40 Pieces, 1970s
Located in Praha, CZ
- 1970s - Plastic circles - New electricity - Suitable in every interior - The height can be adjustable.
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Plastic

Midcentury Industrial Pendant / Up to 40 Pieces, 1970s
Located in Praha, CZ
- 1970s - Plastic circles - New electricity - Suitable in every interior - The height can be adjustable.
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Plastic

Danish Midcentury Industrial Pendant Lights by CF. Møller for NSC, 1970s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
The large version of CF. Møllers Industrial pendant manufactured by Nordisk Solar Company in Denmark in the late 1970s. The lights feature their original porcelain fitting that can b...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Mid-Late Century Industrial Aluminium, Brass and Glass Flame Proof Strip Light
By Industrial Design
Located in Leicester, Leicestershire
A retro industrial polished aluminium ceiling striplight made c1970 for the marine industry by Daeyang. Reclaimed and professionally restored in the UK ready for use in modern inte...
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Late 20th Century Korean Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, Brass

Mid-Late Century Industrial Aluminium and Brass Flame Proof Strip Light - White
By Industrial Design
Located in Leicester, Leicestershire
Korean flame proof edison LED twin strip light with gloss white finish. A real example of vintage Industrial lighting that you just don't see these days, in fact it would have been ...
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Late 20th Century Korean Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, Brass

Mid-Late Century Industrial Aluminium and Brass Flame Proof Strip Light - Rust
By Industrial Design
Located in Leicester, Leicestershire
A reclaimed vintage industrial flameproof Edison tube light made by Daeyang circa 1978 with iron based rust applied finish. These fixtures are salvaged from decommissioned supertanke...
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Late 20th Century Korean Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, Brass, Iron

Mid-Late 20th Century Brass Explosion Proof Pendant Brass Shade and Glass Dome
By Industrial Design
Located in Leicester, Leicestershire
Solid brass explosion proof pendant. Cast brass and glass. Sold without chain and s-hook. This excellent example of an original explosion proof lamp which was salvaged from an old...
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Late 20th Century Japanese Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

One of Eight Giant Industrial Lights
By Industrial Design
Located in Antwerp, BE
Eight Industrial down-lighters from the 1940s. Completely enameled inside and out. Greyish black on the outside, white on the inside. Great looking in a bar, a loft or over your kitc...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

  • One of Eight Giant Industrial Lights
  • One of Eight Giant Industrial Lights
  • One of Eight Giant Industrial Lights
  • One of Eight Giant Industrial Lights
H 36.23 in. Dm 20.87 in.
Mid-Century Industrial Pendants, 1960s, Six Items Available
Located in Praha, CZ
Made of glass, steel and plastic Rewired: max 100W E25-E27 bulb US wiring compatible.
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Vintage 1960s Czech Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Steel

Mid Century Industrial Iron & Aluminum Conical Pendant Rust Appliqué VEB GDR
By VEB Leuchten
Located in Leicester, Leicestershire
A mid century industrial rusty iron & aluminum ceiling pendant with glass cover by VEB of Germany with rust applique finish. Professionally restored by hand in the UK to modern li...
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Vintage 1970s German Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Iron, Aluminum, Steel

Industrial Mid-Century Modernist Copper Pendant by Hans Agne Jakobsson
By Hans-Agne Jakobsson
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modernist copper pendant featuring a clean, industrial design. Polished copper with a perforated band lend to a minimalist aesthetic. The shade and the canopy are a stunn...
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Copper

Mid-Century Modern Italian Glass of Holophane Industrial Pendants, 1960s
By Adda Illuminazione
Located in Antwerp, BE
The authentic, Halophane glass shade diffuses light to provide functional and stylish illumination. The pendant is a standout in any room and provides a fun and functional way to ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Vintage Industrial Green Enamel Industrial Pendant Lights
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Green enamel industrial pendant. White interior. Weight: 2.0 kg / 4.4 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by international standards for incandescent l...
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Mid-20th Century Polish Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Enamel

Industrial Pendant Light
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Caged pendant light, great for an island or entryway. Great Industrial look but super practical. Heavy gauge metal give them a real authentic feel. Made to last forever these are the...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Chandeliers and Pendants

  • Industrial Pendant Light
  • Industrial Pendant Light
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  • Industrial Pendant Light
H 19 in. Dm 14 in.
Industrial Pendant Light
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
This European Industrial light with cage. Heavy steel and metal housing a fantastic ribbed glass that refracts light in a great way.
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Mid-20th Century Czech International Style Chandeliers and Pendants

  • Industrial Pendant Light
  • Industrial Pendant Light
  • Industrial Pendant Light
  • Industrial Pendant Light
H 14 in. Dm 7 in.
Vintage Aluminum Industrial Pendant Light
Located in Heath, MA
A circa 1950 Bombay movie theater horn loudspeaker finds new life as an industrial style pendant. This aluminum light has very appealing form and an authentic distressed patina. Manu...
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Mid-20th Century Indian Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

  • Vintage Aluminum Industrial Pendant Light
  • Vintage Aluminum Industrial Pendant Light
  • Vintage Aluminum Industrial Pendant Light
  • Vintage Aluminum Industrial Pendant Light
H 26 in. W 24.75 in. D 12.50 in.
Vintage Aluminum Industrial Pendant Light
Located in Heath, MA
A circa 1950 Bombay movie theatre horn loudspeaker finds new life as an industrial style pendant. This aluminum light has very appealing form and its original distressed patina. Manu...
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Mid-20th Century Indian Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

  • Vintage Aluminum Industrial Pendant Light
  • Vintage Aluminum Industrial Pendant Light
  • Vintage Aluminum Industrial Pendant Light
  • Vintage Aluminum Industrial Pendant Light
H 33 in. W 24.75 in. D 12.50 in.
Pressed Aluminum Industrial Pendant Light
Located in Heath, MA
Mid-Century polished aluminum industrial or nautical spotlight with a pressed geometric pattern on both the outside and inside of the shade. The pendant's modest size makes it perfec...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Industrial Lamp Mazda 1970s Mid-Century Modern
By Mazda
Located in Lyon, FR
Industrial lamp Mazda, 1970s. Made of metal. Graphic design Mid-Century Modern.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Midcentury Industrial Pendant For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the midcentury industrial pendant you’re looking for at 1stDibs. Each midcentury industrial pendant for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using metal, glass and brass. There are many kinds of the midcentury industrial pendant you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 20th Century to those made as recently as the 20th Century. A midcentury industrial pendant made by Industrial designers — as well as those associated with Mid-Century Modern — is very popular. You’ll likely find more than one midcentury industrial pendant that is appealing in its simplicity, but Stanislav Indra, Holophane and VEB produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Midcentury Industrial Pendant?

A midcentury industrial pendant can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $969, while the lowest priced sells for $244 and the highest can go for as much as $3,044.

A Close Look at Industrial Furniture

Industrial-style furniture has experienced a resurgence in popularity with the rise of interest in minimalist design.

It's a look that celebrates the past even as it suggests vigor, productivity and brawn. The newly chic industrial style of decor repurposes the simple, sturdy furnishings of an earlier world of commerce — brushed-metal storage cabinets and display shelves, task lamps and pendant lights with enameled shades, work tables with worn wooden tops and cast-iron bases — and couples them with aesthetic touches emblematic of energy and optimism, from bright upholstery fabrics to flowers.

The rise in prominence of the industrial style has come hand-in-hand with the residential repurposing of former manufacturing and warehouse districts throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. In many loft apartments created in shuttered factories, the architectural envelope has been left intact.

Industrial-style interiors feature elements like raw brick walls, exposed steel beams and oak floors whose history is written in every pit and gouge. Patina is the keynote to a decor in sync with such surroundings. On 1stDibs you will find designs that wear their age beautifully — and were built to last.

Finding the Right Chandeliers and Pendants for You

Chandeliers — simple in form, inspired by candelabras and originally made of wood or iron — first made an appearance in early churches. For those wealthy enough to afford them for their homes in the medieval period, a chandelier's suspended lights likely exuded imminent danger, as lit candles served as the light source for fixtures of the era. Things have thankfully changed since then, and antique and vintage chandeliers and pendant lights are popular in many interiors today.

While gas lighting during the late 18th century represented an upgrade for chandeliers — and gas lamps would long inspire Danish architect and pioneering modernist lighting designer Poul Henningsen — it would eventually be replaced with the familiar electric lighting of today.

The key difference between a pendant light and a chandelier is that a pendant incorporates only a single bulb into its design. Don’t mistake this for simplicity, however. An Art Deco–styled homage to Sputnik from Murano glass artisans Giovanni Dalla Fina (note: there is more than one lighting fixture that shares its name with the iconic mid-century-era satellite — see Gino Sarfatti’s design too), with handcrafted decorative elements supported by a chrome frame, is just one stunning example of the elaborate engineering that can be incorporated into every component of a chandelier.

Chandeliers have evolved over time, but their classic elegance has remained unchanged. Not only will the right chandelier prove impressive in a given room, but it can also offer a certain sense of practicality. These fixtures can easily illuminate an entire space, while their elevated position prevents them from creating glare or straining one’s eyes. Certain materials, like glass, can complement naturally lit settings without stealing the show. Brass, on the other hand, can introduce an alluring, warm glow. While LEDs have earned a bad reputation for their perceived harsh bluish lights and a loss of brightness over their life span, the right design choices can help harness their lighting potential and create the perfect mood. A careful approach to lighting can transform your room into a peaceful and cozy nook, ideal for napping, reading or working.

For midsize spaces, a wall light or sconce can pull the room together and get the lighting job done. Perforated steel rings underneath five bands of handspun aluminum support a rich diffusion of light within Alvar Aalto's Beehive pendant light, but if you’re looking to brighten a more modest room, perhaps a minimalist solution is what you’re after. The mid-century modern furniture designer Charlotte Perriand devised her CP-1 wall lamps in the 1960s, in which a repositioning of sheet-metal plates can redirect light as needed.

The versatility and variability of these lighting staples mean that, when it comes to finding something like the perfect chandelier, you’ll never be left hanging. From the whimsical — like the work of Beau & Bien’s Sylvie Maréchal, frequently inspired by her dreams — to the classic beauty of Paul Ferrante's fixtures, there is a style for every room. With designs for pendant lights and chandeliers across eras, colors and materials, you’ll never run out of options to explore on 1stDibs.