Sputnik Lights and Chandeliers

Retro revival inspired by space travel

A new space age: originally designed in the 1950s - 1970s, sputnik lights have become a major lighting trend in recent years. Incorporated into modern interiors, the extravagant sputnik lights never fail at making an eye-catching yet truely unqiue design statement. Since sputnik chandeliers are extremely in vogue at the moment, they're also being creatively reinterpreted by world-famous designer brands such as By Rydéns from Gnosjö, Sweden.

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When was the original sputnik light developed?

The design of the sputnik light is deeply rooted in the age of space travel - an era that celebrated its meteoric rise with the launch of the Sputnik I space probe in 1957. People developed an immense enthusiasm for rocket and space technology, which also inspired interior designers.

In the former GDR, the designs, which were actually reminiscent of satellites, were known as ‘dandelion lamps’.

What characterises sputnik light fittings?

Sputnik lights have several light sources and resemble a satellite or star formation. Typically attached to metal struts, the light bulbs point in all directions starting from a central core.

This makes the sputnik chandelier a true work of art - just like a sculpture that looks different from every angle.

In which colours are sputnik lights available?

Sputnik lights are trending and therefore, many well-known designer brands - including Swedish manufacturer By Rydéns - create sputnik light fittings in all variations. From elegant sand-white struts over smoked glass shades to a modern black and gold look, sputnik chandeliers capture all possible colour trends.

Some of the classic sputnik lamps came with colourful sockets. Styles in black and gold, chrome as well as brass were also very popular.

Which light bulbs are suitable for sputnik lights?

Many traditional sputnik lights were equipped with compact G9 light bulbs. This is still the case today, but instead of halogen, the more energy-efficient G9 LED bulbs are used. Sputnik lights with E27 bulbs are also available. Today LED filament bulbs are often used in these light fittings. Filament bulbs visually resemble the incandescent bulb but have all the advantages of LED technology.

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