Although their status as “building products” is questionable, the light fittings actively contribute to the architectural quality of a space, are frequently updated and are the subject of a well-developed reuse market. For all of these reasons, they have been included as a category on Opalis.
It would be difficult to create an exhaustive list of the companies offering reclaimed light fittings: antique shops, second-hand furniture shops, second-hand electrical appliance shops, garage sales, etc. The only operators listed here are professional dealers who, as part of a broader range of reusable building products, also offer light fittings.
The following products can be found with certain dealers in reusable building elements:
Complete spot systems on rails
Technical lighting (emergency exits, hurricane lamps, etc.)
Recessed TL lights (rarer)
Some operators who sell reusable light fittings offer the following services:
Reconditioning of the wiring
Adaptation of the sockets
Various adapted accessories (bulbs, hanging mechanisms, etc.)
The recorded prices are extremely variable. They can be a very cheap alternative to more generic new fittings or, conversely, they can amount to several thousand Euro for the most exceptional items.
Did you know?
In Europe, the most common light bulbs are fitted with a screw thread that meets standards E14 and E27. In this term, the letter E refers to the initial of the inventor Thomas Edison. This sizing standard for sockets has remained very stable over time. It is still in use today. An antique light fitting can therefore be easily adapted to new energy performance requirements: all you have to do is screw in an LED bulb!