Vintage Vibes, Discover Steampunk Lighting Trends
In the realm of interior design, the steampunk aesthetic and steampunk lighting has captured the imagination of enthusiasts, bringing a unique blend of Victorian-era charm and futuristic innovation. One of the most captivating elements of steampunk design is its industrial-style lighting, which seamlessly combines form and function to create a visually striking and functional ambiance.
Here at Loomlight we specialise in reclaiming and restoring industrial lighting many of which fit the steampunk aesthetic. In this blog post, I'll highlight the best industrial style steampunk lights we offer; the origins of steampunk, key features, and how it can transform any space into a captivating and otherworldly environment.
Our Top Pick of Steampunk Wall Lighting
This steampunk lamp is made up of a reclaimed industrial iron & copper cage pendant light which has been repurposed into a bespoke swing arm wall lamp using copper pipe. The length of the copper swing arm fixture can be customised to suit. We have a workshop where we complete all our restoration work and the design and manufacture for our bespoke projects.
This steampunk outdoor lighting, £325, in brass features a brass wire cage and isolator switch. Ideal to use with copper conduit to complete the steampunk aesthetic, indoors or out.
A beautiful copper and brass cantilever wall lamp which oozes industrial steampunk style. This is an original explosion proof industrial lamp refurbished as a wall lamp with a copper pipe wall fixture.
A versatile fixture, this small steampunk wall sconce can be used alone or in multiples. Ideal to use with electrical metal conduit to enhance the steampunk aesthetic and hide electrical cable.
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Our Top Pick of Steampunk Ceiling Lighting
This solid aluminium steampunk ceiling strip light in aluminium is 75cm long and features an industrial style protective cage. The ideal steampunk kitchen lighting where it would hang perfectly over a kitchen island or dining table.
An original industrial steampunk lamp made in bronze by Kokosha. An ideal steampunk kitchen lighting option, to hang in multiples over a dining table for maximum industrial style.
This fixture is made up of three original industrial copper and brass pendants fixed to a copper bar to create bespoke steampunk track lighting. Made to a length to suit your interior.
View our full range of steampunk ceiling lights.
Our Top Pick of Steampunk Floor Lamps
This steampunk aluminium floor lamp, £1625, was originally found in the engine room of cargo ships hanging from the ceiling. Refurbished in the UK by our team at Loomlight, we have extensively modifed them by removing the old fluorescent electrics and replacing them with Edison LED tubes which are dimmable and creating a floor stand for the original lamp. Now a stunning steampunk floor lamp.
The Steampunk Table Lamp
The steampunk table lamps we restore have mainly started out life designed for industrial use as either a wall or ceiling lamp. We refurbish and repurpose them into robust steampunk table lamps suitable for any dark corner! See our top pick below.
An ideal steampunk table lamp for illuminating a dark corner. This is a robust solid aluminium steampunk lamp which looks best with an Edison LED filament light bulb for full industrial steampunk style. Originally an industrial explosion proof wall fixture, this steampunk lamp still features all the original castings which highlights its industrial credentials.
Solid bronze industrial lamp repurposed as a steampunk table lamp and fitted with a red glow on/off switch for maximum steampunk appeal. Use with an Edison LED filament light bulb for dramatic effect. The original manufacturers plate is still intact making this a truly characterful industrial lamp.
See all our steampunk table lamp ideas here
The Origins of Steampunk:
Steampunk design draws inspiration from the 19th-century Victorian era, infusing it with fantastical elements and a futuristic twist. The term "steampunk" itself is a fusion of "steam," representing the steam-powered machinery of the Industrial Revolution, and "punk," reflecting the countercultural and rebellious spirit of the movement. Steampunk design celebrates craftsmanship, intricate details, and a sense of adventure, with a particular emphasis on repurposing industrial elements.
Key Features of Industrial Style Steampunk Lighting:
Raw Materials: Industrial style steampunk lighting often incorporates raw and unfinished materials, such as exposed metal pipes, gears, and rivets. The use of materials like iron, brass, and copper adds an authentic industrial feel to the fixtures, creating a visual narrative that speaks to the machinery of a bygone era.
Edison Bulbs: The iconic Edison bulb is a staple in steampunk lighting design. With their exposed filaments, these bulbs evoke the nostalgic charm of early 20th-century lighting. The warm, amber glow emitted by Edison bulbs enhances the vintage ambiance of steampunk spaces, casting a soft and inviting light.
Gear and Clockwork Motifs: Steampunk design often features intricate gear and clockwork motifs, symbolizing the intricate machinery of the Victorian era. These elements can be incorporated into lighting fixtures, creating a sense of movement and complexity. Pendant lights with visible gears or wall sconces resembling old-fashioned clocks are popular choices in this style.
Pulleys and Chains: Industrial style lighting often includes pulleys and chains, mimicking the mechanisms found in factories and workshops. These functional elements not only add authenticity but also allow for adjustable lighting, enabling users to customize the illumination of their space.
Vintage Filigree and Ornate Details: Steampunk lighting fixtures often feature intricate filigree and ornate details reminiscent of Victorian design. These embellishments add a touch of elegance to the industrial aesthetic, striking a balance between rugged and refined.
Transforming Spaces with Industrial Style Steampunk Lighting:
Whether used in residential spaces, commercial establishments, or themed events, industrial style steampunk lighting has the power to transform any environment. Here are some ideas for incorporating this captivating style into different settings:
Events and Weddings:
- Set the tone for a steampunk-themed wedding with Edison bulb string lights and vintage candelabras.
- Design event spaces with steampunk chandeliers and floor lamps to create a whimsical atmosphere.
Industrial style steampunk lighting offers a captivating journey through time, blending the rugged aesthetic of the Industrial Revolution with the intricate elegance of Victorian design. With its emphasis on raw materials, exposed mechanics, and vintage-inspired details, this lighting style adds a touch of nostalgia and adventure to any space. Whether you're a steampunk enthusiast or simply looking to infuse your surroundings with a unique and visually striking aesthetic, consider embracing the allure of industrial style steampunk lighting for an atmosphere that transcends the ordinary and transports you to a world of imagination and craftsmanship.
Here at Loomlight we design and manufacture bespoke lighting projects, so please get in touch if you'd like to talk to us about anything specific