Period House Style
Georgian & Regency
1714- 1837
Victorian
1837 - 1901
Edwardian
1901 - 1920
1920 - 1939
Designer's Style
Sourcing Products
Exterior Detail
Interior Detail
How to renovate or install guide
Front Doors
Gable Ends
Porches
Bay Windows
Stained Glass
Fireplaces
Wallpaper
Balconies
Oak Panelling
Fanlights
Bakelite
 
Candle, Paraffin and Gas Lighting
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image 1 Candle and oil lamps continued to be the homes main light source right through the Georgian and Victorian period. With the discovery of paraffin in 1850's lamps became more desirable. Gas lighting first appeared in the Georgian period and was used for street lighting by 1816. It was not until the Victorian period that it became fashionable inside the homes. From the 1860's gas light hanging pendants, wall brackets and mobile table lamps became popular.

Electricity was discovered and the first successful light bulb was created by Thomas Edison in 1879. Gas continued to be popular in households and it was not until the First World War period that builders changed to electric lighting systems in all new homes.

 

 

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Early 20th Century Lighting

Early 20th Century Lighting

Oil Lamps

Oil Lamps

Oil Lamps, Glass Kerosene Lamps

Oil Lamps, Glass Kerosene Lamps

Useful Links to Articles

Lighting in the Victorian Home: Building Conservation

Oil Lamp Renovation Polishers

 

Lighting Products

The Oil Lamp Store

Peter Noonan Oil Lamps

Antique Oil Lamps Lighting

Allen's Antique Lighting

Antique Lighting Company

 

Youtube: Antique Oil Lamps

 

Forum Debates

Channel 4 Homes Forum

 

Useful Research Websites

BBC Homes 1920's:

BBC Homes 1930's

Hidden House History

Francis Frith Photo Archive

The Geffrye Museum

English Architecture: Britain Express

Looking at Buildings: Pevsner Architectural Guides

 

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Period House Style
Georgian & Regency
1714- 1837
Victorian
1837 - 1901
Edwardian
1901 - 1920
1920 - 1939
1945 - 1970
Designer's Style
Sourcing Products
Exterior Detail
Interior Detail
Front Doors
Gable Ends
Porches
Bay Windows
Stained Glass
Fireplaces
Wallpaper
Balconies
Oak Panelling
Fanlights
Bakelite