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Ball Lamp

Item #: BUB-BALL

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Design by George Nelson, 1947.
Handcrafted in Michigan, U.S.A. by Modernica.

Without question, the George Nelson Bubble Lamp Ball Pendant is a tried-and-true standard of the modern vocabulary. George Nelson designed the first lamps in 1947. These lamps, with their simple sculptural shapes, are constructed of an innovative taut plastic that coats a steel wire-frame. Nelson's unique design and ingenious use of materials prove to eliminate glare and provide an abundant, yet diffused light. A quality which alone is unique to this material.

From the forming of the wire-frame, to the spraying of the vinyl form, one-by-one, each Bubble Lamp is constructed to last decades and each Bubble Lamp is built to George Nelson?s original specifications. These famous lamps are part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Brushed nickel canopy. Each pendant comes with 6 feet of wire that can be field shortened.


  • Small: 12"H x 12.75"Dia
  • Medium: 15.5"H x 19"Dia
  • Large: 23"H x 26.75"Dia
  • Ceiling Plate: 5.25"Dia


Bulbs: 1 X 150W 120V E26 medium base A21 incandescent lamp (not included)

Listing: UL

Manufacturer Specifications: Click to download specifications.

Instructions: Click to download instructions.

George Nelson

When writing about the course of his remarkable 50-year career, George Nelson described a series of creative "zaps" — moments of out-of-the-blue inspiration "when the solitary individual finds he is connected with a reality he never dreamed of."

Nelson said that for a designer to deal creatively with human needs, "he must first make a radical, conscious break with all values he identifies as anti-human." Designers also must constantly be aware of the consequences of their actions on people and society. In fact, he declared that "total design is nothing more or less than a process of relating everything to everything." So he said that rather than specializing, designers must cultivate a broad base of knowledge and understanding.

Nelson did so as few are able, and, with the help of well-timed zaps, he helped define modern, humane design.

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George Nelson Bubble Lamps

A mid-century classic, the Bubble Lamp was first designed by George Nelson in 1947 and was produced by Howard Miller starting in the early 1950s and ending in 1979. The supplier has reissued the Nelson Bubble Lamps to the original specifications, using the original Howard Miller tooling. These famous lamps are part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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Customer Reviews 4.5 out of 5
4 out of 5
Great Modern Pendant

Came as described. Looks great as a pendant in our new kitchen.

By:Steven T , Homeowner (Boston, MA)

5 out of 5
The Nelson Ball Pendant is iconic!

The Nelson Ball Pendant at once makes a room look unique, modern, and timeless. It emits the perfect amount of light without being overbearing, or too dim. It looks fabulous!

By:Danielle D. , Homeowner (Salem, Mass)

5 out of 5
We turned the light on and off a hundred times because the design in so cool!

The light looks amazing and was easy to install. When the light is off, you can see the darker lines that create almost an oriental look. When the light is on, it is glowing style. I love it!

By:Mrs. Sloat , Homeowner (Colorado Springs, Colorado)

5 out of 5
Simply perfect!

We couldn't find a more beautiful and elegant lamp for our baby's room. Simply perfect!

By:Karin , Homeowner (Boston, MA)

5 out of 5
Classic light fixture!

Love this classic pendant light!

By:designer12 , Designer (New York, NY)

4 out of 5
Nelson Ball Lamp is Still a Classic

I installed the Nelson Ball Lamp in a classic beach home that has contemporary finishes. It looks great illuminated and adds a warm but clean look the the breakfast nook. Y Lighting turned the order around in a matter of days, and I had the shipment safely in my hands very quickly. Highly recommend the product and the vendor.

By:Daniel S. , Designer (Manhattan Beach, CA, USA)

4 out of 5
Modern classic that goes well with any style

I love the classical yet modern look of this lamp. It goes with any style and gives a soft, nice light.

By:Elin , Homeowner (Montreal)

5 out of 5
Simply perfect!

We couldn't find a more beautiful and elegant lamp for our baby's room. Simply perfect!

By:Karin , Homeowner (Boston, MA)

5 out of 5
Looks great in a small bedroom

I got the small version of this lamp. I put it in my new baby's looks amazing...i don't care for ceiling mounted fixtures (they are too '80s i think) so the fact that it hangs down a bit adds some sophistication to the room. I love it.

By:Claire P. , Designer (Scarsdale, NY)

4 out of 5
Simple, unique, modern fixture

This lamp would look great anywhere, but I hung it in my kitchen over a round table and chairs. I liked the simplicity and style. I would recommend this for any room as well as buying from YLighting. I ordered the large and it may be a little big over a table, the medium might have worked better.

By:Amy T , Homeowner (Austin, TX)

5 out of 5
This is art.

To personalize my rented space, I purchased both a Saucer and Ball Bubble Lamp. I'm patting myself on the back for making such a terrific decision! They balance beautifully with my apartment's Art Deco architecture and bring warmth and elegance to my home. I look forward to evenings when I can turn them on and enjoy their golden glow.

By:Jessica B. , Renter (San Francisco, CA)

5 out of 5
Simple fixture to make a statement

The fixture arrived in perfect condition. We purchased it thinking we could use it in either our entryway or kitchen and we were right! We decided to utilize it in our simple kitchen area, where it makes a great statement!

By:Rebecca M R. , Homeowner (Florida)

5 out of 5
Great Product

This is a great light with a timeless design. We hung our ball lamp above our dining room table and it looks fantastic. We are extremely satisfied with ylighting as shipping was very quick and staff were helpful and knowledgeable. We are already looking forward to our next purchase from ylightning. Thanks again!!

By:ray q. , Homeowner (point roberts, wa, USA)

5 out of 5
Ball Lamp

I ordered a medium sized ball lamp for over my table in the eating area of my kitchen, I had ordered a saucer lamp for the dining room and wasn't sure if having a ball lamp in the kitchen would be overkill but it looks fantastic. I should have never doubted myself!! The delivery was quick and the fixture easy to install.

By:Leanne A. , Designer (Indio, CA)

3 out of 5
Happy with the lamp

The lamp is deceptively large -- we wound up getting one that is probably too big for our bedroom. Still, its a beautiful product.

By:Zach B. , Homeowner (City)

5 out of 5
Prouduct was great, installing was easy.

Product met all expectations but delivery seemed slow. Thank you.

By:Vincent J. , Homeowner (NY, NY)

4 out of 5
Beautiful light fixture!

My wife and I are very satisfied with this fixture, it gives off a warm glow and provides nice light to our room. I recommend it for bedrooms or other areas where really bright light is not needed.

By:Joshua B. , Homeowner (Bronx, NY)

5 out of 5
Classic Fixture--Will never disappoint

We love all Nelson bubble lamps and chose the ball because it's not as ubiquitous as the saucer. Always a great/classic choice. You won't be disappointed by the lamp or YLighting. My order came when it was supposed to- no problems.

By:KDI , Designer

4 out of 5
Classic and Elegant Lighting

These lights give a soft glow and add instant simple elegance to any room.

By:Jen C. , Renter (New York, NY)

5 out of 5
Great purchase

I got the Ball Lamp faster than expected and it looks wonderful in my home. Very happy!

By:Ivan K. (New York metro, NY)

5 out of 5
this is a classic and simple light fixture that looks beautiful in any room

By:Sharon S. , Homeowner (los angeles)

5 out of 5
This lamp is 100% true to George Nelson,s original design.

Ordering this lamp from your company was pleasant experience from ordering the lamp to prompt delivery.

By:Damien J. , Designer (Holland,Mi.US)

5 out of 5
Beautiful Addition to Our Living Room

We needed a nice warm light as a center piece for our large space -
This Ball Lamp in medium was a perfect solution as it is large enough to have a presence without over powering the overall aesthetic of the space. The light is pleasant, not too harsh and not too soft. We have a 60watt bulb in it that works nicely. It is a simple, yet beautiful classic design piece that I would highly recommend to anyone! Enjoy!

By:Nancy M. , Designer (Brooklyn)

5 out of 5
Get Value

For the price this is a fabulously designed shade, which is impactful and timeless. I love it.

By:Caroline M. , Homeowner (Brooklyn)

4 out of 5

So impressive!

By:Catherine Y. , Homeowner (St. Catharines)

4 out of 5
a modern classic

a high quality item, not a cheap knock-off

By:Philip B. , Homeowner

4 out of 5
Great! Just what was ordered

Perfect for the space. All happy w/ purchase

By:Andrew M. , Designer (Los Angeles)

4 out of 5

This is the perfect lamp for a mid-century modern home.
It is simple and just looks great

By:J. J. (Seattle)

4 out of 5
The George Nelson Ball lamp is sensation!

I had been looking endlessly for two hanging lamps for an 1820's house we are restoring/rehabbing to live in. Our design philosophy? Anything that looks old is original to the property and the rest is uncomplicated modern. The hanging lamps in question needed to look modern but not obtrusive, and we wanted the light to expose the walls and ceiling in a stairwell landing.

Finally I saw the George Nelson lamps. The Ball lamp is the perfect size and shape for our needs. We could not be happier and would recommend it without hesitation: wonderful appearance and material with excellent light distribution.

By:Caroline D. (Buffalo NY)

5 out of 5
I have ordered three of the George Nelson bubble lamps, and the quality has been excellent.

These YLighting folks are for real. Excellent service - things sent and tracked on line, product well packaged and quick delivery. My question about custom modification was promptly and adequately answered. I would turn to them first next time.

By:Doug L. , Homeowner (Seattle, WA)

5 out of 5
Just Perfect!

What a great light, just wonderful in any room. I want a Nelson light in every room in the home. Thanks to Y lighting for an easy transaction!

By:Branka H. , Homeowner (Australia)

5 out of 5

This lamp is going to look great as entry way pendant. Haven't installed yet, but it came packaged well and looks great. I can't wait.


4 out of 5
Perfect light for the space!

Love the Nelson collection. The Ball Lamp is perfect in our space and a wonderful addition.

By:Bruce M. , Designer (Royal Oak)

5 out of 5
Great product

Lovely lamp, excellent service from Y Lighting

By:Kent , Homeowner (Sydney, Australia)

5 out of 5
Well proportioned, interesting in dimension, unique in materiality.

The George Nelson Large Ball fixture is as cool as it seems. Lets leave it at that. It is well made and was carefully designed. Quality light fixture for sure. I don't have it installed yet, but its looking pretty great in the box right now.

By:Danielle W. , Designer (portland Oregon)

5 out of 5
I love it!

I ordered this ceiling fixture after ordering two Nelson Cigar floor lamps. I was scared I would be over-doing the mid-century thing, as my house is quite small, but it all works. This small globe works perfectly in my tiny kitchen. I have a 150 watt bulb in it (love that these fixtures can handle high wattage), and it is totally softened by the shade. Unobtrusive and mellow. I highly recommend it!

By:Alice , Homeowner (Brooklyn)

5 out of 5
This is a classic and beautiful pendant

Even better in person. It came perfectly wrapped and looks wonderful. We love it!

By:Katelin , Homeowner (Colorado)

5 out of 5
Classic modern

The George Nelson bubbles are beautiful ligh fixtures, once you get them! installed! Classic yet modern and minimal, good for anywhere!

By:Liza X. (SF)

5 out of 5
I love this lamp.

Beautiful, simple and classic... That' s why I own 6 Nelson Bubble lamps.

By:S.A. , Homeowner (Tucson, AZ)

5 out of 5

Super customer service!

By:JoAnne F. , Homeowner (missouri)

4 out of 5
It was difficult to add more wire to the lamp. However once installed, the lamp is gorgeous!

The lamp was delivered on time and in great condition. Ylighting customer service was great with assisting me with how much extra wire I should purchase. Where the lamp was to be placed in my home, the ceiling is two stories high. We needed to have enough wire to hang it that long. We ended up needing 20ft of wire. The difficult part was unscrewing the bolt on the lamp. It would just spin the rest of the metal saucer. We had to get two different sets of pliers to get it to budge. That took the most time and that is why my rating is 4 stars instead of 5. There is was no information on the web or in the box to assist with the process and Ylighting customer service was closed for the holidays. if there could be some helpful hints or guide to changing the wire length it would save some headaches. It seems very self explanatory, however the bolt is really on there. So be aware of that if you are purchasing extra cord. Other than that; the lamp is great! it makes our large space very chic. Be aware that the lamp is deceptively large. We ordered a large and works in our area, however it is really big.

By:Lindsay H. , Designer (Portland,OR)

4 out of 5
Fantastic !

Great product, great service, could not be happier!!!

By:Gary W. , Designer (Beaver Falls, Pa)

4 out of 5

everyone loves this lamp! Its in our foyer and in front of a HUGE pic window. It looks like the moon at night

By:Mikel G. , Homeowner (tn)

5 out of 5
This Nelson ball lamp is classic and lovely.

This is the third Nelson product we've bought for our new home. It hangs with a saucer lamp on the other side of the living space, and the two together look like clouds inside our modern A-frame home. Gives off very nice light. Nelson products are easy to install and last a long time. Can't go wrong.

By:Jennifer H. , Homeowner (Los Angeles)

5 out of 5
Great lamp

This is my first Nelson lamp. I love it, I have it handing over my kitchen counter top and it looks great.

By:Lizi L. , Homeowner (NY,NY)

5 out of 5
Can't wait to install it!

I've always loved the simplicity of the ball lamps and knew that I would eventually purchase one when we started our remodeling project. We first purchased the medium ball lamp for our two-story foyer, but it looked a bit too large in our space. So we decided to use that lamp over the dining table and purchase the small ball lamp for the foyer. We haven't installed either lamp yet since we're still in the middle of our remodel, but both lamps arrived in perfect condition and I know they will complete the look we're going for.

My only hesitation about ordering this lamp is that they have become quite common (and now we might be overdoing it by having two!). But when a classic is this good, it seems a shame to overlook it simply because it's popular.

By:Michelle , Homeowner (NC)

5 out of 5
Love this light!!!

The Nelson Ball Lamp casts a beautiful, soft glow. We are very happy with the lamp and are considering purchasing another for our home.

By:Christopher Y. , Homeowner (Chicago, IL)

5 out of 5
Great Lamp!

This lamp is great: matches to original manufactured in the last century and arrived right on time and in perfect condition. Thank you!

By:Bonnie A. , Homeowner (Florence, Oregon)

5 out of 5
Satisfied and then some !!!

Compliments are abundant with this fixture. Very well built.
thank you.

By:Daniel O. (Miami, Fl - USA)

5 out of 5

There is really not much to say about a great product. It Speaks for itself.

By:Daniel O. , Homeowner (Miami, FL - USA)

4 out of 5

These fixtures are awesome, I bought 4 of them and they look great hanging from my ceiling. The length is adjustable and the quality of light is exelente.

By:Terry (TN)

5 out of 5
Really nice, just like I wanted

Really nice hanging light, made with great material that does not look cheap, and as I need 2 lights for my gallery what I like is that I can get 2 different shapes in the same line of lights...

By:Christel G. , Homeowner (Ny)

5 out of 5

A design classic.

By:Karen D. , Homeowner (La Jolla, CA, USA)

5 out of 5
Just as I hoped: The look of a Chinese lantern with the ability to shed up to 150 watts of light safely.

The 19" George Nelson Ball Lamp arrived in just a few days and in perfect condition. The enclosed directions made installation easy. It looks beautiful and casts a pleasant and bright light without glare. I installed a dimmer switch which makes my dining table multi-functional.
Thank you for your prompt service.

By:Carol G. , Homeowner (Orange County, CA)

5 out of 5

Please note: I just sent a review. However, I do not want my full name and address to appear in any advertising. (I have a very unusual name.)
You can use my testimonial, without my full name.

By:Carol G.

5 out of 5
Great products...great service.

You can't go wrong with a Nelson bublle lamp...or Y Lighting.

By:Eric T. , Designer (Portland, OR)

5 out of 5
Great product...great service.

Thanks Y Lighting!

By:Eric T. , Designer (Portland, OR)

5 out of 5
Nice fixture clean and simple, fits a variety of applications. Hospitality, Residential and Resturants.

Nice fixture clean and simple, fits a variety of applications. Hospitality, Residential and Resturants.
YLighting, provided excellent service, material was shipped with prompt delivery and I was updated with shipping schedule and tracking information via. email. It truly helped the project run smoothly.


By:Eileen P. , Designer (Austin, Texas USA)

5 out of 5
Great selection and service.

The Nelson Ball Lamp is a great fit for a variety of applications. *set as a single pendant or grouped together and hang at different levels. *add a dimmer and PERFECT!

Ylighting provides great service and updates with the transaction, emailed: order acknowledgement, tracking and invoice receipt. (runs smoothly)

I'll continue shopping here for success on projects!


By:Eileen P. (Austin, Texas USA)

4 out of 5
Its a classic that never goes out of style

love it as well as love the customer service from y lighting

By:A.D. , Designer (Los Angeles)

4 out of 5
Love the retro yet modern design

This light was the perfect find for me. This classic retro design was a perfect fit for my 1950s home. It is sometimes difficult to find a piece that will incorporate into an older home, while still feeling modern and chic.

By:Kellie B. , Homeowner

5 out of 5
Perfect over our dining room table in our mid century modern home.

Looks great and the oversize ball makes a real statement. Does not give as much light as I had hoped.

By:Bubbles , Homeowner (napa ca)

4 out of 5
Perfect Retro Styling

I couldn't be more happy with this purchase. This pendant remains true to the Nelson design, is quality made, and reasonably priced. All of the measurements and depictions online were accurate, although I must say the pictures don't do it justice. A perfect piece for our entryway!

By:R.A. , Homeowner (Charlotte, NC, US)

5 out of 5
A classic. We love it.

We're doing a remodel of our entire house and decided a Nelson ball lamp would go perfectly above our dining room table. It does! A classic look. Soft diffused light. Couldn't be happier.

By:Peggy S. , Homeowner (Tucson, AZ)

5 out of 5
Ball Pendants

I could not be happier with these beautiful pendants. Tey are in my main floor hallway and the light from the pendants just brightens up the room. They look like Japanese lanterns and add a nice sense of sophistication.

By:MJ M. (Arlington, VA)

5 out of 5
The ball pendants are spectacular. George Nelson is a master craftsman

The pendants are in my main hallway and I love the elegance and lighting that they give to the area.

By:Marian M. , Homeowner (Arlington, VA)

3 out of 5

Great Fixture, used many times before. Only negative comment is that the price seems a little high.

By:Robert L. , Architect (Miami, Florida)

5 out of 5
Makes an awesome statement

Love my George Nelson bubble light- got the large for my rlly high ceiling bedroom- looks awesome!

By:Pimba (Spring valley, NY)

5 out of 5
I am very HAPPY with my Ball Lamp!

The George Nelson Ball Lamp arrived in perfect condition, and was exactly as described on the site. It is a beautiful design and was very affordable. We put in a LED bulb with dimmer switch, and the lamp casts a warm, diffused light over our combined dining/living room. The medium size was the right fit for the 8' ceiling and it is hung just a tad lower than usual over the dining room table.
The design is a classic: it is simple and elegant, but not at all cold and industrial looking.
It combines wonderfully with our bamboo shades in the nearby bay window, and adds to our eclectic East-meets-West decor, I love the teahouse effect.
I would definitely recommend the Ball Lamp and YLighting to anyone looking for a wonderful design at an affordable price.

By:June M. , Homeowner (Longmont CO, USA)

4 out of 5

We ordered three of these GN pendants and hung all of them together, they are really gorgeous and make quite a statement! Our electrician installed them in no time at all and they are really stunning especially at night. No one ever remarked about our last light fixture (which was new) but everyone notices these pendants right away, they are very unique and modern. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is because the price is somewhat high for the simplicity of the pendant but I do realize that I am paying for George Nelsons fame and design. Your site had a good price and of course no tax with free shipping, what else can you ask for!

By:Jo J. , Homeowner (Minneapolis)

4 out of 5
Fun, modern, and elegant.

They are a welcome addition to any home, especially in multiples. By doing multiples you can arrange them in any way to suite any room, from fun and energetic to romantic and cozy. These durable globes last and are easy to install. They look great in any room and can really add character as well as a sculptural element.

By:Emily K. , Designer (New York)

5 out of 5
Function and Beauty in this light!

The small round Nelson Pendant lamp is a great size- I paired it with the cigar and saucer lamp and they look great!


5 out of 5

By:Claire , Designer (Scarsdale, NY)

5 out of 5

Extremely well made and easy to hang. If you are on budget and absolutely cannot stand your builder's light fixtures, go for the GN bubble lamps! Hang up a medium/large or a group of small ones. They'll make your home YOURS!

By:Jian Wang , Homeowner (Seattle, WA)

5 out of 5
Happy with the purchase

Great modern pendant. Looks wonderful in our daughter's bedroom.

By:Anne , Homeowner (Portland, Or)

5 out of 5
Beautiful, well-made product

Nelson Bubble Lamps go with practically any decor and are easy to install. They work beautifully. I love that the ones I bought (medium ball lamps) take up to 150 watt bulbs. I hung them in a great room with cathedral ceilings and they look fantastic.

I had trouble with my order (ordered four and received one), and the Ylighting folks fixed the problem the same day I called. Yay for service!

By:retroluv , Homeowner (Michigan)

5 out of 5
These things are exactly what I wanted.

The light is so soft and even and they look great. They had a funny smell at first, almost medicinal but it has dissipated over time. I have really grown to love them.

By:Anonymous , Homeowner (San Diego)

5 out of 5
Nelson lamps - elegance and quality

Love this. I have two other Nelson lights. They have the important benefit of accommodating higher wattage bulbs. It is a lovely glowing lamp in our bedroom. We have it on a dimmer so it can be either moody or very functional when turned up bright.

By:AHall , Homeowner (NYC)

5 out of 5
Perfect statement piece for our new beach bungalo!

This ball light is the focal point of our living/dining room. It sets the fun, casual atmosphere we want our family and friends to enjoy when in our new home.

By:Cynthia T. , Homeowner (Dothan,Al)

5 out of 5
Really simple, beautiful and affordable pendant!

We love this pendant - bought the large for our staircase and totally love it. It fills the space beautifully and simply - exactly what we wanted. We bought the matching saucer for the upstairs hallway that the staircase leads to and they complement each other so well. We get compliments on them from everyone who sees them and we are overall tremendously happy with our purchases. Also Y Lighting was terrific - the first one we received was damaged during shipment and they sent another immediately.

By:Meg H , Homeowner (NY)

5 out of 5
Simple and beautiful glow

A great modern pendant light that offers a beautiful glow of light over our entryway bar. A real feature pendant and simple enough to blend in with many different decorating aesthetics.

By:N Roskill , Homeowner (Charleston, SC, USA)

5 out of 5
Contemporary lighting with an Asian flair

These are beautifully designed lights that will last for years, good materials and construction. This vendor is the best place to get them.

By:Richard A. , Homeowner (Massachusetts)

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