Carambole Billiard Pendant Lamp
Materials: Copper coloured anodised aluminium conical lampshade, painted white inside. Porcelain E27 socket.
Cord Length: 200 cm / 78.74’’
Height: 29 cm / 11.41”
Width: ∅ 29 cm / 11.41”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 100 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: To be appraised.
Other versions: This Carambole billiard pendant lamp was made in some slight variations over the years. Made with a porcelain socket, Bakelite socket and today a plastic socket. Also a chrome version exists. Made with or without the pressed 2 rings, as you can see below.
These pendant lamps were presumably made by a German company. A label is present inside the lampshade: Je Fassung 100 Watt, German for Version 100 Watt/maximum 100 watt.
Today these billiard pendant lamps are sold by Buffalo, Joba Leisure B.V., Jan Rebelstraat 10- 12, 1069CB Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
It is possible to use a fluorescent lamp. These lamps use 24 watt and are build for this purpose. They are made by Osram (Duralux circle 24w), Radium (Ralux Ring RXP-CI), and others. A Radium lamp is used in the pictures.
These billiard pendant lamps are often for sale as Scandinavian or Danish pendants. They got similarities with the Orient Minor & Major pendant lamp designed by Jo Hammerborg and produced since 1963 by Fog & Morup. You can find it over here. These Carambole/carom pendant lamps originate from the same period and are most likely designed after the design of the Orient pendant lamp, which was a great success at that time.
Beware! Search for Bakelite or more preferably porcelain sockets if you want to buy real vintage ones.
Buffalo is a brand of the Joba Leisure B.V. company (Besloten Venootschap – private company). Joba Leisure BV is an international and globally active wholesaler in billiards, darts, table tennis, fitness and related products. The company was founded in 1985.
Today these new lights are sold for 30 – 50 euro a piece.
Lamps in the movies
2 Carambole billiard pendant lamps appear in the 2017 Dutch comedy film Ron Goossens, Low Budget Stuntman. Starring Tim Haars, Bo Maerten and Michiel Romeyn.
2 Carambole billiard pendant lamps appear in the 2013 Dutch comedy TV series Komt Een Man Bij De Dokter (A Man Visits The Doctor), season 3, episode 2.