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Philips Double Spotlight

Materials: White painted metal (iron). Black plastic parts. Chromed metal rod. Porcelain sockets.

Height: 50 cm / 19.68”

Lampshades: 16,8 x 7,3 cm / 6.61 x 2.87”

Ceiling Piece: 9 x 9 cm / 3.54 x 3.54′

Electricity: 2 bulbs E27, 2 x 100 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1970s, 1980s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Philips, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Other versions: Made in several colours and produced with 1, 2 or 3 lamps. Also made as a wall lamp and floor lamp.

The plastic mechanism with screws to adjust the spotlights for this lamp were made in Germany for/by Philips. On the plastic screws is written/pressed DBGM.

DBGM is not some type of company, but it is German for utility model, “gebrauchsmuster” in German. Only used in Germany and Austria: Deutsches Bundes-Gebrauchsmuster. To say it simple, the plastic mechanism is licensed for some period, most of the time 10 years: the small brother of a patent.

Koninklijke Philips N.V.

Inspired by the fast-growing electricity industry and the promising results of Gerard Philips own experiments to make reliable carbon filaments, Frederik Philips (his father) financed the purchase of a modest factory in Eindhoven, The Netherlands in 1891.  Frederik Philips was a Jewish banker based in Zaltbommel.

In 1895, after difficult first four years and near bankruptcy, Anton Philips joined the company. He was Gerard’s younger brother. With Anton’s arrival, the family business began to expand rapidly. The brothers changed their family business by founding the Philips corporation. They laid the foundations for the later electronics multinational.

In 1930 the first shaver of the Philips company was introduced and was simply called “The Philishave”.

A day before the German invasion in the Netherlands on 9 Mai 1940, the Philips family fled to the United States of America, taking a large amount of the company capital with them.

Operating from the US as the North American Philips Company, they managed to run the company throughout the war. After World War II the company was moved back to the Netherlands, with their headquarters in Eindhoven.