Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest vintage cage light pendant of them all. I’m not a cage light but my guess would be this cage light would win. It’s made from industrial strength metal and if it doesn’t win there might be a price to pay. I wouldn’t normally hang cage lights in front of a mirror. Instead, these pendants look great over the bar counter, kitchen island or even over an industrial style dining table. Either way, they will add vintage industrial charm to your space.
Vintage Cage Light Pendant
Cage lights have been around since the Industrial Revolution. They were made to hang and 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 hard work and fast pace. 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 little 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 not bright enough. Using the hook you could hang a cage light anywhere you needed more light. Today the vintage cage light has been updated for the 21st century in a polished nickel finish with brass accents and is surely the fairest of them all.