February 2, 2016

How Germany’s Holtkötter Delivers the Ultimate Lighting Machine

German “Handwerkstradition” = precise engineering and striking beauty. Founded in 1964 in the heart of Westphalia, Germany, Holtkötter has been manufacturing high-quality, energy-efficient, luxurious lighting for more than 50 years—always layering elegant design on top of serious function.

From the glass blowers to the electrical engineers to the assembly of the fixtures, the company combines German and American workforces to deliver the Ultimate Lighting Machines™. Tested manufacturing methods are steeped in the German “Handwerkstradition” (craft tradition) often using hand-brushed finishes and nickel plating on solid brass—plus layers of lacquer—to create true durability.

What is Handwerkstradition?


– Traditional tool-making and form-giving
– Sophisticated soldering using silver for solid connections
– Nickel-plating with a world-class finish
– Solid brass bodies, and heavy, cast-iron bases
– State-of-the-art manufacturing
– Layers of lacquer used to protect beautiful finishes
– German-made glass and linen lampshades

On the LED front, Holtkötter won the Lighting For Tomorrow (LFT) Competition for the energy-efficient and cutting-edge design of its PLANO 9901 LED torchiere. For just 40 Watts of energy consumption, an impressive 4300 Lumen output is achieved. Appreciate the product’s warm-white LEDs and dimming controls that include a memory function, judges in the competitions stated: “perfect engineering, design and materials,” “elegant control system,” and “sleek contemporary design— excellent!” The company knows its future will be shaped by its devotion to the technical, functional and design challenges of lighting.

> Discover the Ultimate Lighting Machines™ by Holtkötter.

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