TV lamp made by Rite-Lite

Made in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1957.

When full-scale television broadcasting commenced in Australia in 1956, the TV set was a novelty that soon became the centre of attention in lounge rooms. TV receivers were not mere appliances, but were sold as furniture. The demands of watching television influenced the design of other furniture, the way people cooked and ate their food, and the placement of heating. Interior designers, industrial designers, furniture makers, and even clothes manufacturers focused on creating a domestic environ...


Table lamp, 'TV lamp', metal / cloth / plastic, made by Rite-Lite, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1957

Anodised aluminium table lamp, gold in colour, comprising a cone-shaped shade with repeated perforated letters 'TV' around the top. Hinged cover at top opens to allow up-lighting and brightness control. Round base with white plastic switch. Red electrical cord and black plug.


240 mm
180 mm
230 mm


Rite-Lite manufactured a range of lighting products, including table lamps, wall bracket lights and pendant lights. Based in Victoria, its office was at 54 Little Bourke St, Melbourne. The company had agents in the other states.


Ex Museum stock, 2008
17 July, 2008

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