The clocks go back at midnight on Sunday, heralding the start of daylight saving time and winter. Justin doesn’t mind it, but it’s not a time of year that I look forward to – the long nights get me down-in-the-dumps. I find it hard to wake up and get going in the morning. It used to be much more of a struggle back when I commuted every day – waking up in the dark, coming home in the dark and spending those few precious daylight hours cooped up indoors. Does your mood change when the clocks go back in the autumn?
Needlite ™ has recently sent us a pair of their daylight desk lamps to try out and review. They’re LED lights which emit a similar spectrum of light that you get from sunshine. They help alleviate negative mood changes and depression from the lack of natural light; and in so doing, can help improve work performance, productivity and creativity.
They’ve been set up, at the advised 45º angle, either side of a large table which we use for both office and craft activities – a simple, two-minute job. They’re sleek and minimalist – and look really great.
You can operate the lights manually by finger touch control – or alternatively, you have the option of downloading an app for your smartphone (another 2-minute job) and controlling them that way. You can alter the brightness/dimness and even give yourself a little daylight boost if necessary. You can also use the app to programme them to switch off at a particular time – a great way of letting you know that your working day is over!
I could feel the positive effects immediately – my mood lifting on the dark, drizzly day that we took these photos. Our work room faces almost east, therefore loses direct sunlight pretty early on in the day. With our new Needlite lamps, it will make it feel like it’s south facing!
I think they’re going to be a godsend this winter and they come highly recommended for fellow Seasonal Affective Disorder sufferers.
We often write about industrial lighting of the vintage variety; task lamps that have been rescued from the mills, factories and workshops of the North of England. Not everyone likes vintage – some people are happier with new versions that have the look, and are in mint condition and spotless. We were contacted by PIB to review one such item – their industrial duty hand lamp.
Sometimes you can view items online and they look great, but then when they arrive you’re disappointed by the quality. Definitely not the case with this item. It’s got weight and solidity to it, with nice detailing and an excellent finish. It’s a good large size too, measuring 45cm in length.
The bulb cage is made of silver-plated brass with a stained wooden handle.
We’re big fans of this type of lamp as they’re both functional and attractive, adding a touch of vintage industrial style to any space.
They’re also very flexible when it comes to use.
There’s the practical task lamp facility to start with – a lamp that can easily be moved around the house, garage or workshop for bright, directional light.
And when it comes to decorative use their are a host of options. They can be hung from the long flex and attached to the ceiling, they can hang from wall mounts and hooks – or they can simply lie flat on shelves and tables. There’s no risk of fire or damage as the cage protects surfaces from the direct heat of the bulb.
We’ve been trying it out in various sites this week and have become very fond of it already.
We’ve got lots of dark corners in our house, so it’s going to come in useful. It also works well with other industrial look pieces that we have.
It’s most definitely a keeper!!
A couple of weeks ago Justin bought one of these vintage industrial lights at Todmorden flea market.
As he turned to walk away someone who’d been standing next to him at the stall tapped him on the shoulder. He said that he had quite a collection of similar lamps at home, would he be interested in buying any more?
He arrived the following week with a cardboard box full of these gorgeous vintage task lights. They’ve got such a great look – industrial & almost sculptural.
They’re well designed, robust and functional – and the grippers mean they’re very flexible with regards to positioning. Perfect in the kitchen, office, craft or sewing area. Anywhere you need a good, clear task light.
In our last post we highlighted some ‘vintage industrial’ pieces we’d bought at auction. If you’re trying to get that kind of look, then this retro aqua desk lamp is ideal. It’s retailed by John Lewis and having lived with it for a week or so now, we can highly recommend it.
For starters it looks great. Then, just as importantly, it functions well. The build quality is excellent – a really solid feel with good weight to it. The arm & fittings are a burnished, brass-like metal, the shade & base a very on-trend aqua blue. We also like the vintage-look, woven cord wiring.
The lamp head is adjustable and it’s perfect for all kinds of settings or uses – whether it be the home office, work desk or bedside table.
Our last post featured an interesting ‘industrial design’ coffee pot / percolator. It’s still unidentified!
Here’s another great example of industrial design… bought at auction last week. Unlike the coffee pot, we know a lot about this item.
It’s a classic Anglepoise lamp designed by George Carwardine. This is the ‘1227’ model licensed to Herbert Terry & Sons – the ‘2-tiered base’ version produced from 1938 until 1969.
This is a fantastic early example with original paint finish, wiring and Bakelite switch. In superb condition and still fully working.
A design classic indeed – here’s a more detailed history from the Design Museum. and a newspaper article from 2009 about its reissue.