Berger is a decorative fragrance lamp that destroys odors and bacteria
in the air, while increasing the oxygen levels and perfuming your
environment. Lampe Berger uses a catalytic burner that reaches 140
degrees fahrenheit to combust a special alcohol based liquid fuel. The
burning fuel releases molecules into the air that capture and destroy
odors while dispersing essential oils.
The Benefits of Lampe Berger.
Lampe Berger purifies the air by destroying odors and air borne
bacteria. It increases oxygen levels in the air. The fuels contain
essential oils that are made from natural botanical extracts. These
oils perfume the air and provide aroma therapy, as well as having inscet
Instructions for using Lampe Berger.
Remove the openwork shade and the cap.
Away from any source of heat, fill your lamp two-thirds full with Lampe
Berger fuel. (if you fill the lamp to full, it will flood itself out
and never stay lit)
Insert the wick of the burner into the lamp and position the base of the
burner evenly into the lamp opening. Put the cap back over the burner.
Allow the wick to draw fuel into the burner for about 20 minutes.
Remove the cap and light the burner. Allow the burner to heat up for
approximately 2 minutes. Blow out the flame! Your Lampe Berger is now
Replace the openwork shade. Do not touch the burner!
To extinguish the Lampe Berger, remove the openwork shade (which will be
hot) & place the cap on the burner and replace the openwork shade.
25 to 40 minutes of use is sufficient for a 1000-1200 square foot area.
Remember that the lamp works after the flame is extinguished. The flame
is to heat the stone and needs to be blown out after 2 minutes.
The burner should last one to two years.
Once in a while you will come across a stubborn burner that will not
remain hot after the flame is extinguished. If the burner is new,
remove it from the lamp and place it on paper towels to let it dry out
completely. Then go through the above process again. If the burner is
old, it probably needs replacing. You can change fragrances the same
way, by letting the wick dry out, or you can mix scents, if so desired.
DO NOT USE ANY OTHER TYPE OF FUEL IN YOUR LAMPE BERGER!
The History of Lampe Berger.
Maurice Berger patented the Lampe Berger in Paris in June of 1898.
During the early 1900's, it was marketed to French Institutions where
hygiene was most important, such as hospitals and mortuaries. At that
time the lamps used methyl alcohol which gave off formaldehyde on
combustion. It was efficient, but smelled unpleasant.
In 1927, Maurice Berger sold the company to Jean-Jacques Failot. He
changed to ethyl alcohol, which has the scent of apples on combustion.
This change moved Lampe Berger into the consumer market. Failot began
collaborating with great bottle designers of the period, including
Galle, Lalique, Baccarat, Saint-Louis, Sabino and Theraud. In the
1930's sales reached approximately 20,000 lamps a year. Exports began,
but had mixed success. Many failed because ozoalcohol was considered a
perfume product and was taxed as a luxury item.
Lampe Berger suffered during WWll. Failot died in October of 1940 as a
result of wounds he received when he was knocked down by a German
military vehicle in Paris. His son, Gilbert, succeeded him. To further
the companies problems, raw materials became almost unobtainable, and
then the factory was damaged by a bombing in 1943. Following the war,
production began gradually since raw materials were still difficult to
find. The war resulted in a lower standard of living, therefore
production of luxury crystal models were abandoned and the porcelain and
earthenware models were created.
By 1973, Lampe Berger was producing 80,000 lamps per year and the
company was sold to the retired industrialist, Marcel Auvrey. His son
Phillipe took over in 1989 and in 1992 he set up the first Lampe Berger
subsidiary in New York. In 1998, Lampe Berger began the prestigious
signature line of lamps by famous designers. They also began using new
materials such as enamel, pewter and opaline.