Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about AGLW and Our Products
- How much gas do AGLW fixtures burn when operating?
- Where can I view your Product Brochure?
- Are you a real American manufacturer or just an online marketer?
- What are your lights made from?
- What fuels do your lamps use?
- What is the difference between gas mantle and open flame gas lamps?
- What is the difference between GasGlow® LED and candelabra electric fixtures?
- Are gas lamps safe?
- Are American Gas Lamp Works fixtures CSA approved?
- How much light do American Gas Lamp Works fixtures produce?
- Can wind affect gas lamp performance?
How much gas do AGLW fixtures burn when operating?
The amount of gas your lamps will use depends on whether they are configured as gas mantle or open flame burners, and, for gas mantle lamps, how many mantles your lamps employ. Please refer to the BTUs and Gas Facts page for gas usage along various configurations.
Where can I view your Product Brochure?
To download our Product Brochure, please click here. Downloadable specification sheets for each product are also available through the individual product pages.
Are you a real American manufacturer or just an online marketer?
The American Gas Lamp Works and its predecessor, Gas-Lite Manufacturing, have been designing and manufacturing natural gas and faux gas lighting for over fifty years. Our manufacturing operations are located near Pittsburgh, PA, in the small, riverside town of Springdale. Our lamps are manufactured by skilled foundrymen and craftsmen, as they have been for generations.
What are your lights made from?
Our lamps are custom made from commercial grade sand-cast aluminum and heavy-gauge copper. Our lamps are built to last for generations. Please visit one of our dealers to experience first-hand the difference between our foundry craftsmanship and mass-produced fixtures.
What fuels do your lamps use?
Our lamps can be equipped for use with natural gas (NG), liquid propane (LP), or electric. In the case of our gas fixtures, our lamps can be configured as gas mantle or as open flame lamps, while our electric lamp options include our patent-pending GasGlow® LED and versatile candelabra base fixtures.
What is the difference between gas mantle and open flame gas lamps?
Gas mantle lamps utilize incandescent gas mantles as their source of illumination. Traditionally known as Welsbach mantles for their inventor, Carl Auer von Welsbach, gas mantles generate a bright, steady white light when heated by a flame. Gas mantle fixtures can be configured as dual-, triple-, or quad-mantle lamps, depending on your lamp size and lighting requirements. Alternatively, open flame gas lamps emit a softer, flickering glow similar to that of a candle. Open flame gas fixtures are preferable where you’d like the ambiance of old-fashioned gas light but do not need significant light output.
What is the difference between GasGlow® LED and candelabra base electric fixtures?
American Gas Lamp Works developed the GasGlow® LED as an exceptionally efficient but beautiful substitute for gas mantle lighting. GasGlow® utilizes the latest LED technology combined with our standard gas burner components to exactly mimic the light intensity, color, and appearance of gas mantle illumination. Candelabra base electric lamp fixtures can be configured as dual-, triple- or quad-socket lamps and accept any small-socket (E-12 base) bulb. Most currently available small-socket bulbs are incandescent electric, but alternative LED bulbs are increasingly available and deliver long-lived, exceptionally efficient performance.
Are gas lamps safe?
Yes. American Gas Lamp Works gas and faux gas lamps employ well-proven designs and technologies. Gas lighting actually pre-dates electric lighting by several decades, and the Welsbach mantle lighting system has been used the world over for more than a century. You should keep in mind that gas lamps get very hot and should not be placed where they can be touched by children or animals.
Are American Gas Lamp Works fixtures CSA approved?
Yes, nearly all of our lamps are CSA approved.
How much light do American Gas Lamp Works fixtures produce?
First, please keep in mind that open flame lamps are designed to produce a gentle, flickering light that is intended principally for ambiance rather than illumination. They are perfect for accent lighting and for creating a unique environment, but open flame lamps should not be counted on as a primary light source.
Gas mantle lamps, GasGlow® LED and electric candelabra base lamps produce bright light and can be a primary illumination source. As a rule of thumb, each gas mantle and GasGlow® LED mantle produces the equivalent light output of a 50-watt incandescent electric bulb. As a result, a quad-mantle gas lamp or GasGlow® LED would produce light equivalent to about two 100-watt incandescent bulbs.
Can wind affect gas lamp performance?
American Gas Lamp Works gas fixtures are designed to perform in normal wind conditions, but both gas mantle and open flame gas lamps can blow out in strong winds. Several factors play into the susceptibility of specific lamps to wind, including the location of the lamp on a site or building and the wind patterns in your area.