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Conical TV Lamp


Materials: Gold coloured anodized aluminium. Bakelite socket.

Height: 19 cm / 7.48”

Width: 12 cm / 4.72”

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1950s – 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: To be appraised, in all probability an Italian company because this lamp was acquired in Milan some years ago.

All the electric parts are also made in Italy and were produced by the VLM Components company from Buccinasco, near Milan.

These lights were known as  TV-lamps because they were made to place on top of a black and white TV to give some contrast light. Some brands of TV’s had these lamps build-in. The Belgium SBR (Société Belge Radio) was such a company, they made it standard in any TV.

It was intended to reduce the fatigue of the eyes, because everybody was watching television in the dark. All the other lights had bright light bulbs and there were few electrical outlets in houses. Today it is an ideal bedside or table lamp.

Conical TV Lamp - Here with a gold cupped light bulb

Conical TV Lamp

Conical TV Lamp - switch

Conical TV Lamp