Lighting Fixtures From the 1960s

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Lighting Fixtures From the 1960s
Simple fixtures with clean lines dominated the 1960s. (yellow fluo lamp image by rmarinello from

Decor in the 1960s revolved around clean lines, form and function. With a variety of options ranging from basic pendant lighting to elaborate cut glass chandeliers, brass floor lamps and metal wall sconces, 1960s lighting could suit just about any decor. Add some 1960s lighting styles to your next interior design project to inject a bit of colour and style.

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Pendant Lights

Pendant lights were a common lighting style used in the 1960s and were often used to illuminate dinette sets, dining tables and breakfast bars. A simple, white orb hung by a single white fabric-covered wire was a prominent design element. Pendant lights that featured an inverted cone shape were also used and were made from various shiny metals. Many of the wires used to hang the pendant lights were retractable, meaning that the height of the light fixture was adjustable up and down with a flick of the wrist.

Lighting Fixtures From the 1960s
Simple fixtures with clean lines dominated the 1960s. (yellow fluo lamp image by rmarinello from

Brass Lamps

Brass lamps of many different styles became favourites during the 1960s. Curved metal sconces adorned side walls and hallways. Floor lamps featured straight, angular lines with basic white shades. Brass lamps also had inverted half-dome shapes used for shades in both floor and table lamps. Large, arching brass floor lamps were used to angle over a sofa or living area to provide targeted light to a specific area.

Angled floor lamp.
Angled floor lamp. (Floor lamp on white background image by Dmitry Nikolaev from

Glass and Ceramic

Glass was prominently used in 1960s lighting. Chandeliers contained shimmering layers of cut glass set in modern patterns. Glass globes were used to contain lights used as table lamps. Coloured glass, such as amber, orange and red, were commonly used in tabletop lights that resembled candles. Ceramic was used to form the foundation of lamps such as beanpot lamps, vase-type lamps and hanging pendants. Ceramic was often painted bright hues of yellow, green and orange with brown as an accent.

Lighting Fixtures From the 1960s
Glass covering a round orb light fixture. (stained glass image by Anna Katarzyna from

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