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.



1. Art Nouveau 2. Victorian 3. Victorian hanging pendant 4. 1940's
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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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