Vintage Glass Insulator Lamp



Glass insulators were first produced in the 1850’s for telegraph lines and, over the next 100 years, for telephone and electrical power lines.  The insulators were the things that kept the electrical wires and the wet poles apart – electricity and water being a shocking combination.   They come in all sorts of colours, however, these 5 in various shades of turquoise, are a pretty representative sample of the more commonly occurring ones.  Being a sucker for pretty coloured glass, I’m glad we finally found a way to use these.

More of an occasional light, rather than a lamp that you can read by, this line of insulators is highlighted using night light bulbs.  The insulators are placed in small depressions in the wood block so they are relatively stable, however, they can be swapped in position if desired, and the bulbs replaced by coloured Christmas tree lightbulbs, if you’d like to change the ambiance.

Please note that a couple of the insulators have chips in them.  The edges of the chips have been ground so there are no sharp edges and positioned at the back where they are not visible.

Size 17″ x 3.5″ x 6″ (43cm x 9cm x 15cm)

All electrical parts are new. Supplied with approximately 6 feet of clear vinyl cord with an in-line on/off switch.  It is shown using 5 x 4 watt incandescent bulbs (included).

Please be sure to read safety information before purchase.