Silk flame effect lighting is not a new concept; patents go back as long ago as the 1940s, and it seems that it was the advent of the electric fire that stimulated its development. Twisting or fluttering fabric filaments behind a partially opaque screen, illuminated by a warm amber glow were the early designs.
It wasn't until the sixties that the re-design of the concept as a simulated fire in theatreland stimulated a resurgence in the use of flame lights. A third wave of development came in the 90s with the clubland explosion and its need for sophisticated special effects in the pursuit of exciting visual entertainment.
Since then flame lights have been adopted by a few niche markets such as exhibition stand designers, the fireplace industry, and lighting designers for pubs, clubs and restaurants.
But it is only now that a lightweight, versatile model has been developed for the domestic market.