A work bench and a vintage industrial cage light. Perfect together. The garage is where we do most of our DIY projects. Or those that make too much of a mess inside the house. Spray paint, hammer, screws, paintbrush. All tools of the trade that can be found in the garage. But these projects also need good lighting. Rarely does a garage have more than one large overhead light fixture in the ceiling. That’s where this metal cage light comes in handy. Fully equipped with it’s own hook, this light was made to hang anywhere. But now it can hang inside the home. This cage light is hard wired and ready to take a break from work. Hang three or four cage pendants over the kitchen island or bar counter and they will add real vintage industrial style to your space.
Vintage Industrial Cage Light
Cage lights have been around since the Industrial Revolution. They were made to hang from a hook and to be used by workers in our factories and manufacturing plants. Factories and warehouses were not easy places to work. They were large and lighting was not the best. The production of goods required a lot of human intervention and the machines were large and heavy. Not to mention the transport of carts, products and people back and forth across the factory floor. So they needed lights that could keep up with the fast pace and hard work. The cage light was introduced with a hard metal casing and a metal cage that surrounded and protected the bulb. They knew that these lights would be bumped, dropped and banged during the normal course of the work day. In addition, they all had a metal hook at the end of each cage. Certain work tasks required close up lighting in hard to reach places. Lights hanging from the ceiling were just not bright enough. Using the hook you could hang a cage light anywhere you needed more light. Today this vintage cage light has been updated for the 21st century in a polished nickel finish and brass accents but it still works just as hard.