1 - What's special about lighting fixtures from Germany?
For years, the mark "Made in Germany" has been recognized all over the world as a distinctive indicator for top quality products and value. In addition, Germany's universal reputation extends to great inventions, ranging from aspirin to the theory of relativity - all produced by renowned Germans, or Americans of German heritage. This unique condition naturally spreads to the art of manufacturing lighting fixtures. The Germans have developed --through many years of experience and a solid scientific background— an industry capable of crafting lighting equipment of the utmost quality and durability. But not only that, they also consider design to be a very important part of the process too.
Lighting fixtures produced in Germany are cautiously shaped by highly skilled blacksmiths so that each item is granted with a unique touch. The meticulous emphasis on design, along with the manufacturing process that follows, from the raw metal to the finished product, is what results in lamps of the finest quality. The value of these lamps have been, and still is, recognized from individual customers and companies all over the world.
As for durability, since each single part in every German lighting fixture is made with elements of superior quality, its lifetime is guaranteed for many years and diverse environments. Unlike low-cost brands, these types of machines are very likely to last long and present no technical issues when properly handled. Acquiring this equipment becomes an intelligent investment, as it will add a touch of class wherever it is placed at, as it ensures optimal performance, providing the customer with a feeling of confidence in the light-producing composition.
2 - What about the history of Lighting from Germany?
From the beginning of humanity, man tried to generate light and stay away from the darkness. And it is been a long way ever since. There is evidence that the first lamps were already being used as early as 70.000BC. They had a much simple structure though: just a shell or a hollow rock that would hold a piece of moss drenched in animal fat, then burned with a flame.
As time passed, and new energy sources were engineered, new types of lamps were developed. In the 19th century, kerosene lamps were first introduced in Germany. They consisted of a container filled with kerosene into which a wick or cloth was dipped and then ignited. Containers featured a glass chimney or a globe, which protected flame from a draft.
In 1854 a German scientist named Heinrich Göbel conceived a radiant lamp by passing an electric current through a carbonized bamboo string which had been placed within a glass bulb.
In 1926, a century later, German inventor Edmund Germer patented the fluorescent lamp.
Then in subsequent years, scientists and developers from different countries came up with their own inventions and designs. Soon they started to merge art and lighting into new compositions that also had a use in daily life. From that moment on, lighting manufacturing experienced an ever-increasing development what would not stop.
In more recent times, towards the end of the twentieth century, LEDs drastically extended design possibilities, allowing for illuminating surfaces, instead of bulb-produced light amplified or altered by a shade. However, the light-bulb shape still lingers in the minds of consumers and designers around the world and this is one of the reasons German lighting designers keep working on new stuff that will not only spread light in a given setting, but will also illuminate people’s life and imaginations.
3 - Can you name some lighting brands from Germany that you also carry?
4 - What about the lead time for German lighting products?
Most of the products ship within 1-2 weeks. There is free global shipping for most orders.
5 - What are the most important lighting designers from Germany?
There is a most prestigious ceremony held every year that awards the best lighting designers from Germany. It started in 2012 and is presented by the German Design Council. The “Gold” award stands for excellence in international design. This exceptional designation is given only to the best of the best in each category of the German Design Award and this year it went to the brand Occhio for its elegant precision and variable emission of light that persuaded the jury: an adjustable iris allows diverse lighting moods. If the iris is open directed light radiates towards the outside. If it is closed the translucent shade is lit up from within thus producing a delightfully atmospheric light.
Another big name in the industry is German lighting prodigy Ingo Maurer. His lamp collection amalgams art with lighting as he has been baptized "a poet of light" filling his lamp designs with something "extra-special". Top-quality, German Made, classy lighting designs conform his brilliant assortment of modern and transitional lighting selections that include chandeliers, pendant lights and table lamps. Other designers such as Alessandra Matilde, Oliver Schick , Gerhard Reichert and Gunther Leuchtmann are widely recognized by consumers and companies for their ingenious designs and the stunning utilizations of their inventions.