Glass Lamp Chimneys, originating in the 1800’s, were designed for oil lamps. These simple clear glass lamp globes were designed to safeguard the burning flame which was often dangerous and difficult to keep going. Accordingly, lamp chimneys were invented to keep objects away from the flame, protect flame from drafts and expose the flame’s light. Most glass lamp globes are simple in shape with a predominant bulged area. As the Victorian era progressed and manufacturing techniques improved, more complex designs and patterns were seen with embossed designs or decorative stenciling. While these decorative examples were seen on some lamps, simple clear glass lamp chimneys remained the mainstay on oil lamps. Although mostly used in the second half of the 19th century, oil lamps remain popular being used as accent lighting and as emergency lighting when the power is off. Sometimes called glass globes or hurricanes these glass lamp chimneys sit in a burner with tines or a chimney holder. Always put the lamp chimney on the burner first, then slip the shade over chimney to rest in it's holder.
Torpedo Shaped Light Bulbs are the best option for inside chimneys. These bulbs have a narrow profile allowing maximum air to circulation around light bulbs. In addition this extra space reduces heat build up often seen when traditional light bulbs are used.