Anglepoise equivalents

Hadrill and Horstmann Counterpoise:

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A contemporary of Terry and Sons George Carwardine originally worked for them so he may have been involved in its design. You can also see that there are similarities to the Anglepoise such as its arm like design. These are beautiful lamps, though I’v never been lucky enough to own one they are meant to function exceptionally well.

Jielde desk lamp

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Introduced in 1950 the Jielde lamp is really an industrial lamp, but a very pretty one. They are pretty expensive now though!


The commercial potential of the articulated task light was noticed early on by the Norwegian Jac Jacobsen Company. After two  four-spring 1209 Anglepoise lamps were included in a 1936 shipment of sewing machines, Jacobsen approached Herbert Terry and Sons and negotiated a license to manufacture and distribute a version of the lamp from Oslo, under the name Luxo. The Luxo L1 was launched in 1938. It was a slightly revised version of the early four-spring 1209.

Luxo saw huge success and Jacobsen got the license to produce and market the L1 in every country outside the British Commonwealth. This left Terry and sons, and Anglepoise, increasingly isolated. While LUXO went from strength to strength becoming an international household name that’s annual turnover is now in excess of £50 million Terry and sons was began to struggle. With only a small market and ever cheaper imports from outside, competition from Luxo and others forced the company to a point in 2001 it was making only 50,000 lamps a year, and faced closure.

5 thoughts on “Anglepoise equivalents

  1. Countepoise lamp. George Carwardine developed the “Anglepoise” lamp which he licenced to Terry’s. We feel sure that george knew Fredjo Horstmann, both Bath residents, but Fredgo developed his own counterbalanced one. I’ve seen one fixed to the roof of a dental caravan. Making the Pluslite magnified one for inspection just needed a bigger weight; the concentrated on industria until they introduced the simpler domestic one. Later marketed bu Simplus (?). Imitial manufacture at Horstman Cars in Bath but then by Hadrill & Horstmann, about whom I know little.

  2. I’d like to nominate the Bestlite as another form of Anglepoise! Although still produced today as a luxury product it was designed about.1930 (its registered design number was issued in 1931) in partnership with Christian Dell of the Bauhaus school who produced his own version (Rondella lamp).

    In fact the Bestlite was originally sold as an industrial lamp for use in mechanics workshops – Bauhaus was about functionality as well as ‘style’. Recently I managed to acquire a scruffy Bestlite with what I thought was a 1209 Anglepoise shade. However the shade is wider, heavier gauge and has no impression for a shade collar. It also bears the trade mark ‘Stadium’ who in those days were car accessory suppliers, with a range including inspection lights It is finished in ‘wrinkle’ paint like very early Anglepoises.

    Very hard to see on the arm of the lamp is a pawnbrokers scratch, It was customary for these to have the firm’s initials and a date so there would be no argument over when the redemption period expired. The date is May 10th 1932 – the depths of the Great Depression. A very early Bestlite indeed and subtly different from any others I’ve seen.

    No doubt the ‘Cardine’ was a more practical industrial light with its easy adjustment and much greater reach but the Bestlite may well have been the first ‘equipoise’ to be offered to the motor trade.

  3. thank you for your inspirations of the angle poise, are there two designers originally for this kind of lamp, i am happy to tell you i am re-inventing the ap lamps for year 2015 exhibitions i am holding to show my ideas of this lamp integrating with different concepts and integrating with 3d printing and so on.
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  4. The Horstmann had a unique feature which made it the best lamp for designers. The counterweight assembly would work at any angle whereas an anglepoise, or its competitors, will not. This was essential to drawing staff as it allowed you to adjust your board to any angle from 0-90 degrees and the lamp would stay as positioned. We had several in our office (late 1970s) but they were not very durable – the arms would bend easily at the counterweight end and the clip that retained the lamp onto the large U bracket on the board was frankly under-engineered. When they fell apart we had to replace them with inferior long reach anglepoises (mfr unknown) with a manually adjustable bracket; a poorer arrangement. In metallic hammer finish that matched the beautifully engineered parallel motions (ball bearings, even) that fitted our boards the Horstmanns really looked the business.

    • It should be pointed out that while its imitators suffered from this flaw true early (pree mid 1950’s ish) Terry Anglepois lamps did remain at any angle they were placed at. ths was because they had far superiour springs to their rivals. later on as Terry and Sons tried to compete with its imitators quility dropped and the lamps bere more prone to this fault, however if you look at early 1209’s 1208’s and 1227 lamps (many of which had adjustment screws held their ppossition exceptionally well.

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