Read the latest Trainspotters Blog posts, Articles on Vintage, Industrial and Reclaimed Salvage Lighting

  • Restoring Salvaged Lights

    A significant part of Trainspotters’ business is vintage lighting, whether we’re salvaging, buying, restoring or selling, it’s how it all started and it continues to drive us forward. We are very lucky to have a skilful and knowledgeable (small) team who are happy and enthusiastic about spending the majority of their time here at New …

  • Glass Half Full

    Vintage is our area of expertise but historians we are not! Nonetheless, when it comes to glass we do feel it’s important to celebrate this incredible material, to consider how long it has been in existence even in its crudest of forms, not to mention it’s supreme versatility; and to do this, we must look …

  • Our Impact

    January 31st marked the end of our financial year – it is the time of year we reflect not only on how we performed financially but how we performed environmentally and socially, because business has to stand for more than just profit, right? Business for good, better business, the kindness economy, the positive pound – …

  • Wooden Features

    “Wood is universally beautiful to man. It is the most humanly intimate of all materials”.  Frank Lloyd Wright We often get calls from people saying they have vintage industrial lighting they’re looking to sell and would we be interested, but these calls rarely result in an actual buy for us – it has to be …

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    2022 Lighting Trends

    We’re not trend setters and we’ve never tried, we just do what we do and we try to do it well. So when we’re asked what the hotspots are in the world of interiors, we prefer to look to the experts for their scoop. Thus, here is our round-up of the trends when it comes …

  • Opaline Origins

    Opaline Glass is arguably one of the most synonymous styles when we think of antique vintage lighting and it’s origins come from a mixture of European influences… Glass Of The Past Opaline Glass was produced in France during the 1800s and was highly fashionable around the world during this period. One of its main influences …

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    The Buy-Back Scheme

    Back To The Future Summer 2021, Trainspotters launched Depot – an online store selling End-of-Lines, Seconds and Buy-Back items. “We are particularly happy to shout about the Buy-Back offering which supports a more circular economy, ensuring old lights stay out of landfill and are given a new lease of life for the projects of the …

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    Vintage Industrial Lighting

    Vintage lighting runs through our veins – for us, it’s where it all began. Lighting with history Trainspotters headed up the new vintage aesthetic of the early 2000s, bringing salvaged industrial to the mainstream with carefully sourced and expertly restored items at fair prices. Our expertise in finding large quantities of vintage industrial items meant the …

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    The Subconscious Power of Lighting

    Have you ever walked into a restaurant and experienced a lovely warm feeling, something in the atmosphere and yet you can’t quite define what makes it so special? There’s no doubt in that initial moment you experienced a pretty strong sensory assault – a heady combination of smells and sounds, but of course what you …

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