Glass Insulator Lights & DIY Insulator Light Kits

Columbia, Tennessee

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OWN A REAL PIECE OF HISTORY from Glass Insulator Lights

Glass insulators were first produced in the 1850's for use with the telegraph line. As the technology developed, the insulators were needed for electrical power lines and telephone lines. These were high atop the telephone pole installed on wooden pegs. The insulators were used to support the open wire strung between the telephone poles. The glass insulators were made of a very sturdy glass and stayed in place for years. The color of the insulators vary due to the color of glass they had left over each day to make new insulators and the long term exposure to the ultraviolet radiation of the sunlight. This is why insulators have such unique colors. About one hundred years later, the antique insulators began to be a collectors item.

Glass Insulator Lights is a craft lighting company that creates one of a kind fixtures using these unique vintage railroad telegraph insulators.

Quality handcrafted lighting from the fusion of history, ingenuity and design aesthetics. Our fixtures are an elegant remembrance of early American innovation, craftsmanship and beauty.

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Last updated on Jan 23, 2020
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Custom and personalized orders

Glass Insulator Lights is happy to handcraft any insulator lighting or home decor ideas you may have. We stock thousands of glass insulators, lamp parts and a large variety of cloth covered wire, so the possibilities are endless. Just message us with the details and we will contact you back.

What if an item is damaged in shipping?

Glass Insulator Lights makes every effort to ensure that your purchase arrives safely, but occasionally shipping damages do occur. If your purchase is damaged during shipment don’t worry, we will replace it at no charge and as fast as possible. Simply take pictures of the shipping damage and the packaging, then send them to us. You will need to keep the shipping box and all packaging as the carrier may need to inspect it. This policy is required by the shipping carrier in order for us to make an insurance claim and to replace your purchase. We will contact you back with an estimated replacement date. It’s just that SIMPLE!

Wholesale availability

Yes! We offer wholesale pricing on most of our products and on our Design Your Own Line. If you would like more information on our Wholesale Program or our Design Your Own Line, please contact us on Etsy.

Handmade and Vintage Product Disclaimer

Please note that our products are meticulously handmade by master artisian one piece at a time. Due to this process and our products being made of vintage insulators, there will be slight variation from one item to the next. Glass insulators also uses handmade manufactoring process that produces a wide range of glass color and shades of color. Example: Ice blue insulators were made in a deep ice blue to a light ice blue. We give example insulator colors in our listings as a reference, but expect the shade to differ as not two insulators are the same. Each Glass Insulator Light we craft is unique and a Real Piece of History!