Lighting Goes Industrial: 14 Factory Looks That Work at Home

Industrial elements are currently a huge trend in interior design. Decorative details inspired by the factories and warehouses of the industrial age can be introduced into every aspect of a space, from wall and flooring treatments to furnishings. Lighting is a particularly accessible and effective way to bring a little industrial patina to your interiors. The range of choices in industrial lighting fixtures makes it possible to incorporate the look into any decor, from contemporary to traditional. Industrial lighting fixtures are exemplified by a certain rawness, rough-hewn and exposed. Visible wiring, vintage-look filament bulbs, and untreated metal finishes are all hallmarks of the industrial style. Believe it or not, you can incorporate industrial details just about anywhere — in ways large and small. Here is a modest selection of our favorite industrial lighting fixtures from around the Web.

  1. Rustic Counterparts

    Rustic Kitchen

    Rustic and industrial components make excellent counterparts. Metal ceiling lamps with visible wiring match well with industrial elements like exposed brick for a look that is firmly modern and vintage at the same time.

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  2. Standing Lamp

    Bedroom Lighting Ideas

    A standing lamp brings both big industrial style and strong overall lighting to a bedroom, studio, or office. This lamp's dark bronzed finish gives it a warmth that pops off the stark white walls and complements the wood elements of this room, which was created by architectural visualization artist Ramon Zancanaro.

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  3. Scissor Wall Lamp

    DIY Lamp

    Details such as the porcelain enamel shade that sits at the end of an aged stainless steel scissor arm make this lamp stand out from the industrial crowd. Cloth-covered electrical wire adds to the vintage look, although every component of this beauty is brand-new.

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  4. Cage Desk Lamp

    Lamp without Shade

    This mint-hued, wire-cage desk lamp can be ordered with either a black or white base. Choose from a wide variety of fabric cord colors and patterns, including houndstooth. With a filament bulb that gives it a decidedly vintage feel, this lamp is sure to be an object of interest on any desk.

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  5. Sputnik Chandelier

    Living Room Lighting Ideas

    With its starburst of light, this Sputnik-style chandelier evokes mid-century modern, while the copper rods and exposed Edison light bulbs give it a certain industrial edge. The fixture marries well with clean lines and a simple color palette.

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  6. Wooden Desk Lamp

    DIY Wood Projects

    Industrial lighting fixtures are often metal, but they don’t have to be. This stylish wood-and-twine lamp can be custom made in a number of finishes. Its positioning is adjustable with wing nuts, making it suitable for either a desk or bedside table.

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  7. Teardrop Wall Sconce

    Edison Light Bulb

    A pair of teardrop glass wall sconces with black iron back plates will bring an industrial sense to any space. The clear glass shade accentuates the vintage-style Edison bulb. The lamp makes for an excellent modern industrial pairing.

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  8. Exterior String Lights

    Outdoor Dining

    Industrial lighting doesn’t need to remain inside the house. You can bring that same style to an outdoor space, even if it doesn’t have other industrial elements, with large-bulb string lights. Their raw appearance is an attractive detail by day, and they're magical when lit at night.

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  9. Stage Lights

    Industrial Kitchen

    Stage lights can help you achieve an industrial look in overhead lighting. They work immensely well as general illumination but can also be directed to spotlight specific areas.  Apply colored filters to add character and warmth to a room.

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  10. Robot Lamps

    Scrap Metal Art

    Ordinary plumbing parts—pipes, fittings, and faucets—come together to make robot table lamps full of personality and charm. Turn one on and you suddenly don’t feel so alone in the room.

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  11. Loft Bedroom

    Loft Bedroom

    Carefully selected lighting elements enhance the casual industrial style of this loft bedroom. Metal wall fixtures bookend the bed for bedside lighting, and stairwell lighting mounted into the wall both illuminates the loft steps and provides general lighting for the room.

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  12. Stairway Headlights

    DIY Lighting

    Repurposed vintage headlights look perfectly retro chic on a painted brick stairwell. As an added infusion of style, the design created by the fixtures' exposed electrical wiring is reminiscent of abstract geometric art.

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  13. Mini-Pendant Lighting

    Loft Decorating

    Nothing could be more industrial than a single light bulb hanging from the ceiling. To amp up the effect, suspend a group of three with bright red wire to create modern, industrial mini pendant lights—a perfect complement to the wooden counter beneath them. It's super chic style for a fraction of the cost of other mini pendants.

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  14. Industrial Warmth

    Industrial Loft

    Do you think that industrial lighting is too bare and cold for your space? Think again! There are plenty of warm choices in fixtures. A dark bronze-toned chandelier defines this dining area and directs light onto the table for a cozy place to gather.

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