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1970s Philips Orange Wall Spotlight

Materials: Mat orange painted metal tube and round wall mount. Round black plastic lid on top. Chrome joint. Adjustable round salmon pink anodised embossed aluminium reflector lampshade. Porcelain E27 socket.

Lampshade: ∅ 18 cm / 7.08”

Width: 15 cm / 5.90”

Base: ∅ 8 cm / 3.14”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 150 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but a spot light bulb is preferred. Philips recommends the Coolbeam GLS light bulb.

Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Koninklijke Philips N.V., Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Other versions: This 1970s Philips orange wall spotlight exists in several colours and many variations. It appears in catalogues from the late 60s until the 80s.

Koninklijke Philips N.V.

Inspired by the fast-growing electricity industry and the promising results of Gerard Philips own experiments to make reliable carbon filaments, Frederik Philips (his father) financed the purchase of a modest factory in Eindhoven, The Netherlands in 1891.  Frederik Philips was a Jewish banker based in Zaltbommel.

In 1895, after difficult first four years and near bankruptcy, Anton Philips joined the company. He was Gerard’s younger brother. With Anton’s arrival, the family business began to expand rapidly. The brothers changed their family business by founding the Philips corporation. They laid the foundations for the later electronics multinational.

In 1930 the first shaver of the Philips company was introduced and was simply called “The Philishave”.

A day before the German invasion in the Netherlands on 9 Mai 1940, the Philips family fled to the United States of America, taking a large amount of the company capital with them.

Operating from the US as the North American Philips Company, they managed to run the company throughout the war. After World War II the company was moved back to the Netherlands, with their headquarters in Eindhoven.

Many thanks to Lluífrom Eclectique Vintage for the photos and the enthusiasm.