When I worked at Ralph Lauren, we used to buy vintage industrial sawmill pendants for our stores. They were huge and weighty, and added so much overhead drama to spaces. We used them in both a grid layout for an overall space, and individually over tables to focus on a specific vignette.
Since then, many manufacturers have produced great industrial light (Ralph Lauren included…), emulating the essence of these vintage finds. My round up of industrial pendants (and wall sconces) is a mix of old and new, and there are benefits to both (cost and crunch, being two of the most important.).
When selecting an industrial pendant, consider a few things:
1 – What are you trying to accomplish? A grid of general illumination, a vignette defining moment, or usable task lighting?
2 – The scale: don’t be afraid to go big with these – that usually equates to a show-stopper look.
3 – Installation method – as a heads up, these lights can be on the heavy side. Make sure that your electrician installs a heavy-duty junction box with proper reinforcement if required, to suit your selected light.
4 – Color and “crunch” – these lights come in a variety of looks. As individual fixtures, think of them as a bit of jewelry for your room
All this said – don’t be afraid to try out these awesome industrial fixtures, to add a bit of vintage shine to your space.
Enamel Factory Ceiling Light
This timeless 1930's ivory enamel pendant adds rustic authentic charm to any interior.
Industrial Westinghouse Factory Pendant Bell Lamp
Giant Westinghouse factory bell pendant features glass lens and authentic wear to the metal surface.
Lavern Single Dome Pendant Light
Industrial from top to bottom, this dome shaped iron shade in brushed bronze hangs from a chain.
Enamel Vintage Industrial Pendant Lights
This vintage French light features white enamel shade with metal connector and cast iron top.
Enamel Vintage Industrial Pendant Lights By Mazda
Made for factories, this black painted pendant light with thick enamel is the ultimate in industrial chic.
Ypres Industrial Factory Pendant Light
A classic black shade sits below an antique brass decorative top that mimics an oversized Edison screw lamp base.
Factory 6 Pendant Light
Top cutouts add a sleek design element to the traditional curved bell shape of this pendant that comes with an option to add a cage to the bottom of the fixture.
Flared Czech Pendant Light
This flared white painted shade is capped with polished aluminum metalwork.
Czech Sawmill Pendant Light
Reclaimed from a factory in Czech Republic, this black enamel pendant with polished cap and connector is the real deal.
Iron Pendant Light
Character is abundant in this iron pendant with weather brass finish, hanging from an articulating arm.
Crouse-Hinds Aluminum Pendant Light
American raw aluminum fixture from the 1950s is capped with a pyrex lens to cast a warm glow.
Giant Czech Pendant Light
A slightly speckled grey and black finish compliments this substantial industrial pendant.
Black Enamel Opaline Glass Pendant Light
Opaline glass bottom glows underneath a cast iron top.
Oversized Czech Industrial Factory Pendant Light
This oversized industrial lamp dates back to 1960s Czechoslovakia. It features a dark grey enamel exterior, white enamel interior, and cast aluminium top.
Vintage Black Enamel Factory Pendant Light
This vintage, former factory hanging light features milk glass and a black enamel top.
Wilcox Flush Mount Light
This flush-mount barn light brings rural charm to any corridor or hall. It comes in custom enamel colors with the option to include a chrome cage for added visual interest.
Eugene Large Pendant
A hand-rubbed bronze finish sets the stage for this modern, industrial pendant.
The clean lines and the sleek finish of the Fett Pendant give it a streamlined look that is effortlessly elegant and chic.
Fixed Large Black Enamel Shade
A low-sheen black enamel and classic industrial form make this flush mount shade feel suitable for any rustic or contemporary home.
Carson Semi-Flush Fixture
Danicaans Large Industrial Pendant Light
Suspended from a simple chain, this industrial pendant light features a single antique-style bulb and enamel finish.