1980s Chrome 12 Volt Desk Lamp
Materials: Black painted metal base, transformer 220 volt to 6 and 12 volt inside. Felt on the bottom of the base. Chromed iron arm and parts. Frosted glass lampshade. Porcelain socket.
Height: 41 cm / 16.14”
Length: 58 cm / 22.83”
Lampshade: 12 x 15 cm / 4.72 x 5.90”
Base: ∅ 14 cm / 5.51”
Electricity: 1 bulb GY 6,35 or QT-12, 1 x 50 watt maximum, 220/12 volt.
Any type of GY 6,35 or QT-12 halogen light bulb on 12 volt can be used, not a specific one preferred. Also G4 light bulbs can be used.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Massive, Wommelgem, Belgium – attributed – no label present.
This desk lamp has a double intensity switch (6 volt – 12 volt).
The 12-volt electricity goes through the chromed bars to the light bulb. It’s a low voltage with a low amperage.
Lamps with this mechanism and 6-12 volt switch exist for a long time. For instance the Artemide Tizio desk lamp from 1971 works the same way. The LamPetit lamp is from 1966. The Dove desk lamp is from the 1980s. From that period on you will see this type of lamps more and more.
Massive was in origin a bronze foundry and they produced mainly candlesticks, crucifixes and chandeliers in Wilrijk near Antwerp, Belgium. The company was founded in 1926 by Pieter-Jozef De Jaeck. His son Eddy De Jaeck was responsible for the huge expansion of the company in the 1970s. But it were his sons, Piet and Jan De Jaeck who made Massive a true multinational. Thus, they moved production to Eastern Europe and China.
In the 1980s Massive became the leading brand in Europe. In 2002, the brothers left the company to the investment fund CVC Capital Partners, for allegedly more than 250 million euros.
Since 2008 the company is owned by Philips and the name of the shops is changed into Light Gallery.
When the takeover by Philips was announced in November 2006 Massive commercialized more than 10.000 lighting products under brand names such as Massive, TRIO and Lirio. The group had about 5.000 employees worldwide and was active in 70 countries.
The plug and wiring were made by Roplast S.r.l. from Italy. They are located at the Via dell’Industria, 21, 47867 Campiano di Talamello.