Welcome

Legacy lighting is for anyone interested in early Australian lighting technology, lamps, globes, fixtures and hardware. Perhaps you’re a collector like me, with 600 bulbs in your shed. Perhaps you can’t help looking up when you enter a room, or are someone who can’t help noticing street lights, and the thousands of shapes and sizes they come in.

This site is a result of my own obsession with lighting. In particular, I would like people to know what an important contribution Australia made as a major player in the manufacture of lighting and lamps. On this site you will find information about iconic companies such as Electric Lamp Manufacturers Australia Pty. Ltd. (ELMA) and see references to dedicated collectors as well.

The site is continually being improved and refined. Please check in from time to time and discover more about Australia’s amazing contribution to lighting technology. I would be very pleased to see your comments, if you feel inclined to do so.

Please note that all imaging used in the site is subject to copyright, and must not be copied or reused without written permission. All images used in the site have been taken by me personally or have been used with permission from the owner.

Best regards,

Blake Carlin

Last updated: Jan 2018

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2 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. Blake Carlin Post author

    Hi Neil
    Thanks so much. Glad you have enjoyed the site. I had about 30 of the ‘Flame’ GLS, they were an odd colour really. Yes I loved the coloured GLS, still have a few left now – they have all but disappeared. Glad you kept yours. I enjoy L-G and have made some wonderful friends there over the years. The twisted and plain candles were quite interesting lamps, I have a ‘set’ in clear and pearl. I’m due to say hello again on L-G, hope to see you there!

  2. Neil Palmer

    Great site. I almost don’t know where to start with comments! I’m surprised to see your photo of the 15 watt ‘flame’ colour GLS. I wasn’t even aware of this colour until I saw it mentioned in a mid 60’s Philips Lamp catalogue. When I started buying coloured GLS from around 1967 with pocket money to make up a string of lights to put up at Christmas, the shop that I bought the lamps and sockets from only had 6 colours: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and pink. They were mainly Osram and 40 watt. I still have most of the original corrugated cardboard sleeves which I still use to protect the current lamps. Much better than the flimsy cardboard packaging used nowadays. For some reason ELMA discontinued making the pink coloured GLS even though they were still producing the other colours. Another casualty I think around the 80’s was the demise of the textured Torch Candle globe. I had forgotten that the TV news covered the closing of the ELMA plant. Thanks for making those clips available here. Regards, Neil (rapidstart on L-G)

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