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1970s Philips Wall Spotlight

Materials: Black painted aluminium square wall mount. Metallic brown painted aluminium square tube or beam. Black plastic parts. Porcelain E14 socket.

Length: 20 cm / 7.87” – adjustable

Width: 6,5 x 6,5 cm / 2.55 x 2.55”

Base: 6,3 x 6,3 cm / 2.48 x 2.48”

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Not any type of light bulb can be used. a spot light bulb is preferred. Philips recommends the Comptalux R16 light bulb.

Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

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

Other versions: This 1970s Philips wall spotlight exists in some varieties. This wall lamp is model NWS 98.

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 May 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.