Well-Lite Folding Pyramid Table Lamp
Materials: Square grey painted base with a recess. White square conical plastic tube on top, translucent plastic. Built-in transformer (220 volt to 12 and six volt). Built-in switch. 2 chromed metal (iron) foldable rods. White square conical plastic lampshade with a frosted plastic rim, adjustable in every direction. Aluminium reflector. Brass and plastic socket.
Height (closed): 18,5 cm / 7.28”
Height (max opened): 34 cm / 13.38”
Lampshade: 6 x 6 cm / 2.36 x 2.36”
Base: 7,5 x 7,5 cm / 2.95 x 2.95”
Electricity: 1 bulb 15CP or GE 93 – 12 volt, 1 x 12 watt maximum, 220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1960s, 1970s, 1980s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Well-Lite, Hong Kong – Nanbu Industrial Co. Ltd, Hong Kong.
Other versions: This Well-Lite folding pyramid table lamp. exists in several colours and slight variations. Other colour felt inside. United States versions have a plastic bottom, as you can see below. Martronic sold it as model 6113A. It’s unclear if this number was used by all companies. Versions were made with the same lampshade but with a different base.
A rare version exists in porcelain, decorated with flowers and butterflies.
The hi/low switch has 3 positions. Off, full power (12 volt) and half power (6 volt). The same mechanism as on the Taki light Iris table lamp.
These lamps were also sold by Marksons, Martronic, Marathon, Arrow, Windsor and probably also some other companies. The American lamps have a sticker by Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. It is not a lamp factory, but a safety organization.
Unfortunately, no information to be found about the company. It must be long gone. Also Marksons, Windsor, Arrow and Martronic Products no longer exists. Well-Lite was part of Nanbu Industrial Co. Ltd, Hong Kong.
Many lamps with this high/low intensity switch were made in the 1960s and 1970s. You can find several lamps here on Vintageinfo. Almost all of them were sold by multiple companies and were all produced in Japan, China and Hong Kong, at that time part of the UK by Nanbu Industrial Co. Ltd, Hong Kong.. Hong Kong remained under British control until 1997, when it was returned to China.