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Fisherman lights showcase

Author: Glenn Harper
Published: October 1, 2013

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If you’re buying lights for a hospitality premises or the home, old-fashioned design is an easy way of creating charm and ambience. Objects that were once purely functional have a habit of becoming decorative and meaningful. Fisherman lights are a case in point.

In olden days these were often cheaply made of iron or tinplate, with a glass enclosure around an oil-burning wick or mantle. Modern versions retain the glass enclosure, containing a lampholder and bulb. A metal shade sits over the glass and reflects light downwards.

One lighting supplier that excels at this type of nautical design is Searchlight. It offers a wide choice of fisherman light fittings in traditional or modern styles.

About Searchlight

Founded in 1945, Searchlight is a Manchester based family-owned business now into its third generation. It has a worldwide reputation for designing and supplying high-quality light fittings. They have access to state-of-the-art metal forming, glass bending, and brass/sand cast facilities, which allows them to produce a vast range of decorative lighting. All Searchlight products are engineered to meet or exceed the standards set out by EU Regulations or the British Standards Institute.

Fisherman light range

The Searchlight Fisherman lighting range includes a variety of ceiling pendants and wall lights, all offering great value for money without cutting corners on quality.

A common theme throughout is the classic glass-domed fisherman light, or lantern, and yet the range includes both traditional and modern light fittings. Searchlight’s Fisherman lights come in a variety of finishes, with some models using an old style of seeded glass in their construction - common in the 18th and 19th centuries. As we’re about to discover, there is a light in the Fisherman range to suit most needs…

Fisherman single pendants

Searchlight Fisherman single pendants are popular for their traditional good looks, high-quality construction, and value for money.

Fisherman Pendant LightsThe single pendants come in extra-large, large, and baby sizes, and in a wide variety of finishes. Clear or seeded glass diffusers are used. Seeded glass is an old style of glass with a bubbly, wavy finish. It produces a softer light than clear glass with reduced glare (choice of bulb finish also affects this).

If you live in an old house without an earthed lighting circuit, the baby Fisherman pendants make a suitable choice. They are Class 2 double-insulated fittings that don’t require an earthwire.


Among Lyco’s best-selling fittings are the large, traditional Fisherman pendants in antique brass, satin silver, or black finishes. These come with a clear glass diffuser, and are a fantastic choice of lighting for hallways, dining rooms, and kitchens.earth wire.

Fisherman 3-light pendants

Fisherman 3 Light Ceiling PendantHighly decorative, the Fisherman 3-light pendants make a fine choice for a traditional dining room, living room, or kitchen. Searchlight uses oval-shaped seeded glass diffusers in these fittings, which enhances their antique appearance whilst also softening and dispersing their light. These pendants look stunning with their satin silver or antique brass shade finishes.

Fisherman single bracket wall lights

For a co-ordinated lighting scheme with different types of light, Fisherman single bracket wall lights are also available in a choice of metal finishes. These fittings have an oval-shaped diffuser with a seeded glass finish, which complement the 3-light pendants and single baby pendants, particularly.Fisherman Wall Lights An independent on/off pull cord does away with the need to operate the fitting from the wall. These lights will adorn any traditional dining room, living room, or hallway with their good looks.

As you can see Fisherman lights combine the style of the past with the technology of the present, creating lighting solutions for all locations.

Why not take a look at our full range of Fisherman lights?

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