Lamps in the movies!
A fibre optic table lamp was used as a prop in the 1972 comedy film What? or Ché? (Italian). Written and directed by Roman Polanski. Starring Marcello Mastroianni, Sydne Rome and Hugh Griffith. Unfortunately it is never shown completely, so we can’t see the model.
A fibre optic table lamp was used as a prop in the Italian crime TV mini series Maltese – Il Romanzo del Commissario from 2017. Starring Kim Rossi Stuart and Rike Schmid.
Cima Fibre Optic Table Lamp
Materials: Black painted round base, painted with wrinkle paint. Chrome lids on top and bottom. Some plastic and metal parts. Transformer 220 to 12 volt. Electric motor with fan. Coloured glass. Bundle of glass fibre wires held together with an aluminium ring. Porcelain halogen socket.
Total Height: 42 cm / 16.53”
Width: 55 cm / 21.65”
Height Base: 17 cm / 6.69”
Base: ∅ 18 cm / 7.08”
Glass Fibers: 38,5 cm / 15.15”
Electricity: 1 halogen bulb dichroic mirror 75 watt, 12 volt. US bulbs are 6 volt, they use the same transformer.
Period: 1970s, 1980s.
Designer: Wolfgang Hochmuth – attributed.
Manufacturer: Cima KG, Bussardstrasse 19, Furth, Germany.
Other versions: Cima produced many lamps in this style.
This Cima fibre optic table lamp has two switches, a on/off switch on the wire and a switch on the bottom of the base to turn the motor on or off. Handy when you are in the mood for just one colour, for instance.
The Cima International lamp company was founded as Cima KG in October 1963 by Wolfgang Hochmuth. At that moment these type of lamps, together with the lava lamps became popular. Cima produced a wide range of fibre optics lamps over the years. The company ended business in November 2004. The company has 11 patents, all about fibre optics or lighting and all by Wolfgang Dipl Kfm Hochmuth.
Lamps in the movies
A fibre optic table lamp was used as a prop in the 2010 French comedy drama film 10 Jours en Or (10 Gold Days). Starring Franck Dubosc, Claude Rich and Mathis Touré.
Links (external links open in a new window)
Fiber optic lamps museum online
This lamp in the fiber optic museum
Google patents Wolfgang Dipl Kfm Hochmuth
What? – Ché? (1972) film – Wikipedia
Maltese – Il Romanzo del Commissario (2017) – IMDb
10 Jours en Or (2012) film – IMDb
BMF Fontänenleuchte Fibre Optic Table Lamp
Rotating fibre optic table lamp