Vintage Lightolier fixtures are fabulous statement pieces that never fail to deliver on quintessential mid-century style. The company has been around since 1904, and has made a conscious effort to create aesthetically pleasing light fixtures for the home since the 1920’s. Lightolier still exists today, creating high-quality residential and commercial lighting that is thoughtfully-designed and visually appealing. Here are a few examples of the many stunning mid-century modern Lightolier ceiling fixtures from our past and current collection.
Vintage Lightolier Fixtures – Mid-Century Modern Pendant Light
This vintage Lightolier fixture has a heavy ribbed glass dome shade attached to a cylindrical brass-finish aluminum body with large over-sized thumb screws. Vertical slits in the cylinder walls vent the ceramic socket inside. It hangs from its rugged white vinyl power cord and attaches to a 6.25 inch aluminum ceiling cap with matching brass finish. The long 56-inch cord is adjustable, and the lamp can be hung at any length desired. The 9.5-inch diameter ribbed transparent glass shade is very thick and heavy. The standard socket accepts up to a 100 watt bulb, and a 5-inch globe bulb like the one shown in the photos can be used for a finished look. The assembled lamp measures approximately 11 inches from bottom rim of shade to top of gold housing.
Vintage Lightolier Fixtures – Mid-Century UFO Ceiling Light
This classic Eames Era Mid-Century Modern Lightolier ceiling fixture has an aluminum mesh shade floating over a white opal / milk glass diffuser. It hangs from a typically 1950’s gold flush mount ceiling fixture cap. It has a Louis Poulson-inspired UFO saucer shape with a somewhat rustic gaslight vibe, and the light looks like something out of a futuristic campground.
This over-engineered piece has four tubular steel brackets that attach the black & white mesh shade to a silver aluminum ring underneath via heavy cylindrical brass screws. True to vintage Lightolier fashion, it is very well made and highly stylized. The light hangs 11 inches down from the ceiling and measures approximately 15.5 inches in diameter at widest point.
This vintage Lightolier fixture was removed from a kitchen dining area, and looked nothing like it does in the photos. It took six separate cleanings to remove all of the grease and smoke from the surfaces of the aluminum mesh shade! After hand-washing all of the individual parts and the glass diffuser, the lamp looked nearly new again.