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1980s Happylight Snake Lamp

Materials: White flexible plastic tube. Metal goose-neck inside. White painted aluminium half round lampshade. Also white painted inside. Bakelite socket.

Total Length: 150 cm / 59.05”

Lampshade: ∅ 9 cm /3.54”

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1980s.

Designer: Isao Hosoe in 1969.

Manufacturer: Happylight International B.V., The Netherlands.

Other versions: This 1980s Happylight snake lamp was made in many colours. Often named Cobra or Serpent.

This table lamp is a copy of the original snake lamp designed by Isao Hosoe in 1969. The complete story how this lamp was invented and made can be found here on Vintageinfo. Find out if you have a real one or a fake.


Happylight International B.V. produced lamps for specialised shops, department stores and DIY (do it yourself) stores. The managing director was Ben Beljaars (1995 – 2000). He was during the period 1989 – 1995 the financial controller and financial director. Happylight were two companies. Happylight International B.V. and Happylight Beheer B.V.. They ended business around 2003.

How it is possible that Happylight made lamps like this is a riddle. Maybe they produced this lamp under licence or it was an “illegal” copy. In all probability these lamps were also sold in the early 1990s.

Also the Dutch company d-L Lampen Holland sold this snake lamp in the 1980s. In all probability many other companies did. d-L Lampen Holland was active in the 1970s and 1980s. They sold many lamps produced by Massive from Belgium.

1980s Happylight Snake Lamp, model 31050

Snake Lamp - d-L Lampen Holland