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Cigar Wall Sconce


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Design by George Nelson, 1947.
Made in the U.S.A. by Modernica.

Cigar lamp wall sconce. Plug-in cord, on/off switch located on the socket. Arm extends 20" from wall. 12 feet of cord with plug. Solid walnut backplate.


  • 13.8"H X 10"Dia x 20"Ext
  • Overall: 31.8"H x 24.5"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
3 out of 5
Good but some reservations

All of the Nelson lamps are great and this has the added benefit of not needing any hard wiring- however the design for mounting on the wall is a bit odd. It's quite difficult to screw in, because you need to attach the screws while being very careful to avoid the power cord--- I found that to be rather strange. I think they might want to consider smaller screws or different type screws so this is less of an issue.

By:Eric K. , Homeowner (New York)

4 out of 5
Nice Lamp, provides great lighting by the bed.

Only flaw is installation, as noted on other reviews, it is difficult to install the screws into the wall without slightly damaging the wires. Also, must be sure it is installed completely level or else it will swing to one side or the other.

By:Kyra , Renter (Brooklyn, NY)

5 out of 5
Fantastic lamp.

The George Nelson line at Ylighting is fantastic. Thank you for carrying it!

By:andrea A. , Homeowner (studio city, CA)

5 out of 5
Thrilled with this lamp.

Love it, love it, love it. Provides such a perfect glowy warm light for our living room, and serves as both reading light and general light. Didn't have the trouble installing mentioned by some purchasers. Just used a level and a careful hand. Does take two people to install, though...

By:Susan H. , Homeowner (Seattle, WA)

5 out of 5
Beautiful reproduction -- perfectly true

What an amazing lamp. Perfectly reconstructed, true to the original Nelson design. Really well made, though my cord was a little scuffed by the way the cord-weight was attached (with a wire tie -- not a big deal though). A solid walnut piece is used to attach it to the wall. I'm quite happy with this lamp.

By:Josh M. , Homeowner (San Francisco, CA)

5 out of 5
Beautiful shape; gives off a strong, soft light with a higher watt bulb.

My wife and I love the modern look of this series. We put pendant "bubble cigar" lamps in our bedroom. I installed 100 watt bulbs, and we have almost all the light we need, both for reading and to generally fill the space. We do need an additional ceiling light, because we are in a loft, and have a fairly big bedroom. I love these for reading; we hung the lights fairly high to fill the space and I just pull the light down closer to where I'm reading at night. No screws or instructions for installing the light came with the product. Still, installation was fairly easy--we put them right into our dry wall with four screws and mollies from the Home Depot.

By:New Leftist , Homeowner (Chicago, IL)

5 out of 5
Beautiful Accent Piece

We purchased this light to add depth to our living room. Our current set up is made up of strong lines and edgy modern living. Adding the bubble sconce, softened those lines and helped bring warm to the space. We love it and hope to add another one to our bedroom.

By:Sharon G. , Homeowner (Weehawken, NJ USA)

4 out of 5
A warm and inviting classic.

The light is well made and pretty much makes any room you put it in look better. It's a bit of a pain to install which is the only reason I gave it four stars. It really requires 2 people to put up.

By:Zachary P. , Homeowner (Chicago, IL, USA)

4 out of 5
This light has great style and function—gives off even light without any hotspots.

I love the details—wood, weighted cord that becomes a design element. We have 4 Nelson lights in the house and love every one of them.

By:Judy V. , Homeowner (Croton on Hudson, NY)

5 out of 5
Excellent Choice for design, quality of light and ease of installation

We love these sconces - they added the perfect finishing touch to our bedroom redesign to a more contemporary look. I find them quite beautiful and being energy conscious, I especially like the use of cfl bulb. With the shades, the glow is diffuse and bright, not harsh at all, and good for reading. Well made, well designed, easy to operate and easy to install. Definitely worth the money.

By:Annie , Homeowner (Los Angeles< CA)

5 out of 5
It is exactly what I wanted.

Although a bit difficult to hang, the Cigar Wall Sconce is well made and looks fabulous in my den.

By:Jansen , Homeowner (Boston, MA)

3 out of 5
Beautiful, but heavy!

A lovely look for our library, and essential as there is no overhead lighting and these provide the right ambience.
However, there is a large and very heavy transformer in the cord, high enough up that it's visible on the wall. None of the picures or descriptions show this which is why I'm writing this review.
Also, I bought two of these to hang as a pair, but the transformers are different heights on the cord, which means the symmetry I wanted isn't possible. Rather poor that this isn't standardized.

By:Lee , Homeowner (Boston)

4 out of 5
Beautiful wall-hanging lamp

I love this lamp -- it is simple and unobtrusive; provides a soft, diffuse light, and adds a subtle sophistication to our living room. I found it easy to install, although it requires 2 people, and the small counterweight not shown in the picture doesn't bother me. I'm only giving it 4 stars because it doesn't handle a 3-way light, which would make it perfect.

By:Nancy S. , Homeowner (Great Falls, VA)

4 out of 5
Beautiful wall-hanging lamp

I love this lamp -- it is simple and unobtrusive; provides a soft, diffuse light, and adds a subtle sophistication to our living room. I found it easy to install, although it requires 2 people, and the small counterweight not shown in the picture doesn't bother me. I'm only giving it 4 stars because it doesn't handle a 3-way light, which would make it perfect.

By:Nancy S. , Homeowner (Great Falls, VA)

4 out of 5

This light solves the problem of dark corners simply and elegantly.
It works great as a reading light but is beautiful enough to just hang there
as an object to behold.

By:Seva B. , Homeowner (NYC)

5 out of 5
So happy to finally have one

I've admired these for some time and finally had a need for one. Really beautiful piece, excellent construction and well worth the short wait for delivery. As much as I hate the color of light produced by the average CFL the shade of this lamp does a great job of warming the light up. Still might go back to a incandescent, I'm just an analog kind of guy.

By:Lee S. , Homeowner (Seattle, WA, USA)

5 out of 5
Groovy.....Love the Look! It is Quality...

Easy to install but you will need 2 people. One person has to hold the fixture in place while the other uses a drill screwdriver.

By:Ben D. , Homeowner (Fort Lauderdale)

5 out of 5
Mid Century at it's Best...

Perfect as it swivels so you can direct the lite where you want it. you do need 2 people to connect lite to to hole the fixture and one to screw it in

By:Bernard D. , Homeowner (Fort Lauderdale)

5 out of 5
Looks perfect, arrived fast!

I was amazed how quickly these sconces arrived. They look absolutely perfect in my new modern bedroom. They were very easy to install and give off a ton of light. Really the perfect lighting solution for us.

By:Toad , Homeowner (Los Angeles)

5 out of 5
Awesome- higher quality than I expected!

I expected the shade on the wall sconces to be a little cheesy- like chinese paper lanterns, maybe. But I was pleasantly surprised to find them to be a high quality, durable material. I proved this to myself by dropping one of them while installing it. I'm very satisfied.

By:Chris G. , Homeowner (red hook, ny)

5 out of 5
Love our bubble sconces!

Highly recommend this lamp. We purchased two of these for either side of our bed, and love them. The are beautiful to look at, and are interesting enough that the wall doesn't need anything else. The light they give out is warm and cozy. The feel of the on/off pull-chain is really nice. The other thing that's nice about these is that the swivel back and forth - you can pull them closer towards the bed if needed. The photos don't do these lamps justice - they are simply gorgeous. Also, we received wonderful customer service from Y Lighting. One of the lamps came damaged (don't know how as they were packed so nicely in the box) but Y Lighting quickly replaced it.

By:Frederic Y. , Homeowner (Seattle, WA)

5 out of 5
Beautiful light!

Very happy with wall sconce. Easy to mount and really looks great in our space.

By:D.W. , Homeowner (Doylestown, PA)

5 out of 5
beautiful design, easy to install, hard not to love

We received our order in less than a week. The design is flawless simplicity, flexibility and beauty. So easy to install and use. It is timeless design we will enjoy for many years.

By:B.L. (San Francisco, CA)

5 out of 5
Difficult to hang, but once it's there it's fabulous!

By:Gary F. , Homeowner (CT)

5 out of 5
Just gorgeous...and easy to install

Ok, so I thought this would be tough to install, but super simple. It would be easier if you had a laser guide, but totally not necessary, just measure from the floor up, mark with a pencil, predrill and screw in. They made our room so warm and I can't stop staring at it when walking in.

By:Alegria , Homeowner (Las Vegas, NV)

5 out of 5
Very beautiful and high quality lamp.

This sconce was perfect for lighting a dark corner, without taking up precious floor space. The shade is very thick and the whole piece exudes quality and class.

By:Victoria H. , Homeowner (New York, NY)

4 out of 5
Bubble lamp is perfect.

The bubble lamps have a modern, mid-century look and a soften the hard edges of other furniture in the room.

By:Linda G. (Brookline, MA)

5 out of 5
The bubble Cigar wall sconce is simple, elegant and perfect lighting for bedsides.

This light appeals to my Asian background so I bought two. Ylighting was extremely professional and customer friendly. The order arrived as expected and in perfect condition. I would recommend Ylighting to other consumers who are interested in beautiful designer light fixtures.

By:Kim D. , Homeowner (Fort Collins, Colorado, USA)

5 out of 5
A modern classic that's easy to install

The George Nelson lamps are classics by an American master. The Wall sconce is easy to install since no ceiling junction box is required. My small study has a ceiling of only 7 feet, so ceiling mounted fixtures are not possible for general lighting. Mounting this fixture on the wall gives good light for the small room and plugs into an existing receptacle. (It needs to be installed into a stud, but there is still good flexibility in placement since the fixture swivels left and right.)

Installation tips: remove the metal swivel tube entirely from the wall bracket before attaching the wooden bracket to the wall. Don't try to install screws into the wall while the tube is in place; you'll damage the cord. And be sure you leave enough room above the bracket for re-insertion of the tube.

By:DPeterson , Architect (Copake Falls, NY)

5 out of 5
Perfect solution for small space, excellent packaging

This sconce was the perfect solution for replacing a large floor lamp next to our sofa and opening up more floor space in our small Chicago home. I was a bit nervous about having the piece shipped but it is maliciously packaged and arrived in perfect condition. The style is perfect for our transitional/eclectic decor - in fact, I am considering buying a second one for the other side of the sofa!

By:Emily , Homeowner (Chicago, IL, USA)

5 out of 5
Very dramatic - makes the room!

Using two of these Nelson Cigar Sconces in a bedroom. High drama pieces! The scale of these are larger than I expected - pleasantly to my surprise!!

By:pwII , Homeowner (oba)

5 out of 5
Love it!

This classic beauty was easy to install although it took two of us to hang it. Bottom screw one has to take care to keep the cord out of the way but not difficult to manage. Once installed amazing, beautiful quality, love everything about it.

By:Janet O. , Designer (Westport, CT)

5 out of 5
Versital light

We love the look! The light is a soft glow but lights the room. We are using then as night side table lights and they look great! The swing arm allows the size to work without sticking so far from the wall.

By:Ian L. , Homeowner (Fort Worth, Tx)

5 out of 5
Love it!

This is our 2nd George Nelson purchase, so we had high expectations. (We bought a Nelson CrissCross pendant from YLighting to hang in our kitchen about 8 yrs. ago, which we loved. We bought the Cigar Wall Sconce to hang over our family room sofa. It's a beautifully-designed wall sconce - aesthetically attractive with cool details like the walnut pull and wall anchor which frame the creamy striated shade & curved metal suspension; it's sturdy (the shade isn't fragile like it appears); and the weighted pulley allows you to raise or lower it to whatever level you like and, equally important, stay put at that level without sliding further down. This makes it easier to change the bulb and adjust the light level for reading. The subtle striations are visible whether lit or unlit, and provide scale and texture so it's not just an abstract shape. And it projects a warm glow. I've ordered a 100watt LED bulb for it, but it looks great with just a GE soft white 890 lumen Halogen bulb. A great value in every way.

By:Claudia S. , Homeowner (Maine)

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