While you’re shopping around on our newest website, vintagebarnlighting.com, be sure to notice the Holophane Lighting within our Glass Shade Pendants collection. If you’re unfamiliar with these treasured finds, the history behind their eye-catching design dates all the way back to the late 1800′s.
The basic concept for glass shade reflection came from the French physicist & engineer, Andre-Eugene Blondel. He was the one who experimented with the development of controlling light with prismatic glass optics. Holophane glass shades were produced with a brand new design that focused the rays of light downward and outward. This revolutionary form provided even amounts of illumination without creating dark spots or glare. The first models were produced by a manufacturing company known as Holophane, a division of Acuity Brands. Originally, these glass reflecting fixtures were used as outdoor industrial lights.
As with any successful product, a growing interest led to a variety of new glass shade pendants being produced. Just as gooseneck barn lights and RLM warehouse shades transcended from warehouses and factories into residential life, many homeowners began to incorporate holophane glass lights into their living rooms and kitchens. In 1906, Holophane lighting became an integral component of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, a group which held its first meeting at the Holophane headquarters. Five years later, General Electric Company boosted Holophane’s international presence by signing an agreement to produce and manufacture their products in the United States. By the mid 1920′s, Holophane’s hibay lighting was being used to light major establishments including Chevrolet’s stockroom, Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing, and Grand Central Palace in New York City.
At Vintage Barn Lighting, our collection of holophane glass pendants come in various shade sizes. Regardless of the cord hung pendant you choose, you’ll have the choice of adding a polished nickel or brass socket to an authentic style cotton twist cord. While you’re on the site, you can browse other unique vintage lights such as similar Milk Glass Pendants or original Crouse-Hinds lighting made with explosion proof porcelain enamel!