1950s Duplexalite


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I’m very pleased to offer a rare Duplexalite chandelier!

But what, you may ask, is a Duplexalite?

The Miller Company created a fixture they dubbed Duplexalite. I sell a number of these wonderful fixtures each year (see link below). There is a wide variety in terms of colors, patterns, and details, but each Duplexalite comprises a single 300W socket, a glass bottom shade, and a large metal shade above. The fixtures throw a lot of light UP, and thus a highly diffused, flattering light quality is the result. You can even find Duplexalites in the White House!

However, this Duplexalite is really rare. It’s from the last generation of Duplexalites and dated circa-1950.

As mentioned, the fixture accepts a whopping 300W bulb (Mogul base). You can purchase a Mogul base reducer and then use standard base bulbs. I recommend 200W-equivalent (or lower) dimmable LED bulbs.

The metal shade retains its original enameled finish, and this is a very pale beige. When the fixture is lighted the shade magically turns white. The effect is stunning.

The metal components are brass and with a dark patina.

The bottom glass shade has a lovely stepped detail. There is a hole in the center. This appears a design detail rather than a place for a finial to be mounted as there is no evidence of a finial (there would be some rust stains inside the hole from a mounting pin).

The fixture is now 32-inches long (and 16-wide). I can remove up to 11-inches of chain; I can add chain.

The fixture retains its original glass shade, metal shade, chain, and ceiling canopy. Wow.

To me, this is more than just an attractive old light. This is a really cool old light, and would be a knock-out in a  kitchen.

Wholly restored and with new wiring, this fixture is ready to hang, and comes with all the mounting hardware needed!


  • The fixture accepts one Mogul-base 300W bulb (not included). See also above.
  • The ceiling canopy had a hole for a pull-chain option. I installed a brass plug.
  • The chain holder just under the ceiling canopy has an open section. This is a standard Duplexalite detail.

COLOR: See above.
SIZE: See above.

  • The enameled finish on the shade has some minor wear and minor areas of loss along the top/bottom edges.
  • The porcelain socket is original with new wiring.

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