Repurposed old glass insulators are all over Etsy. People turn them into candle holders and book ends. I have about a dozen of them that I put over inexpensive solar lights. They mostly block both the light and the solar panel, but I don’t care.
A number of lighting manufacturers make lighting collections that use reproduction glass insulators or are inspired by them. They range from rustic and farmhouse to modern or industrial.
The look of glass insulators, used in the mid 1800s for telegraph, telephone and electric power lines. These early electric insulators, made of glass are highly collectible. Like Kalco’s Brierfield Collection, the Bainbridge bath lighting, in rustic Black Iron finish brings this rustic look to a quality, safety rated lighting collection. The backplate incorporates the rustic look of wood.
Kalco Brierfield Collection
The Brierfield Collection flips candlelight on its head. This collection is brought to life with Clear Glass shades referencing antique telephone pole insulators, clean lines showcased in Kalcos exclusive Antique Copper finish and highlights of Copper Patina accents. Brierfield has takes the idea of candlelight and shines it downward to create a modern yet classical series of light fixtures.
Kalco York 1-Light Mini Pendants
York pendants combine clear or smoked insulator glass with Polished Nickel or Brushed Pearlized Brass finish. The look of glass insulators, used in the mid 1800s for telegraph, telephone and electric power lines. These early electric insulators, made of glass are highly collectible.
Vintage reproduction industrial lighting from Kalco features Antique Copper, Satin Bronze, or Vintage Iron finish with Clear Glass Insulators.
Vintage telegraph and electrical insulator glass found through the early and mid-1900s serve as the inspiration for Kichler’s Talland bath collection. The refined vintage glass and Chrome minimalist mounting add a touch of feminine to an otherwise industrial style. Talland is complete with a sconce, and two-, three-, and four-light bath options.
Millennium Lighting Brighton Collection
The Millennium Brighton Collection has clear glass shades that look like antique telephone pole insulators. Chrome and Satin Nickel finish are ideal for Farmhouse or Modern Farmhouse style. Heirloom Bronze finish works for a nautical or rustic look.
Quoizel Prophecy Modern Farmhouse Collection
Leave it to the Prophecy collection to light the way. This vintage-inspired beauty features a glass insulator shade that softly diffuses the light and earth black accents that modernize the look. Choose from a variety of configurations and adjust the cable to your desired height.
Troy Lighting Menlo Park Collection
The weathered, urban elements of Menlo Park serve as an audacious ode to the Industrial Age. Capturing both contemporary and rustic aesthetics, Menlo Park is suspended by stainless steel and solid brass turnbuckle-style cables, and a circular hand-worked iron base in Old Silver or Deep Bronze finish. Historic pressed glass insulators function to complement the early electric style lamps.
WAC Lighting Rondelle
The look of vintage telegraph glass insulators from the 1850’s combined with the latest LED technology. These glass insulators were used for telegraph, telephone and electrical wires. Today people everywhere collect antique glass insulators. These reproductions are ETL & CETL listed for damp locations.
Three configurations available for a myriad of residential and commercial applications. Perfect for modern bathrooms, as well as hallways, entryways and foyers. Etc. Cell damp location listed 60,000 hours rated life, high 90 CRI, color temp: 3000K. 277V available (special order) 60,000 hours rated life smooth and continuous Elva dimming, driver located in J box.