The Lamplighter Inn – Lamps in Twin Peaks Part 1 & 2

Each week, I recap the new season of Twin Peaks at Yahoo TV, where I dig into the plots, characters, and theories on what the hell is going on. But anything that doesn’t make it into the weekly recap goes here, on Inside Telly. Stuff such as… lamps.

David Lynch loves lamps. He loves lamps more than Brick Tamland. They consistently appear throughout his work in all different shapes, sizes, and colors. He even makes his own lamps and directed a documentary short, appropriately titled Lamp, where he explains his lamp-building methods. In 2011, he hosted an art exhibition at the William Griffin Gallery where lamps featured prominently.

Knowing Lynch’s fascination with lamps, my eyes can’t help but be drawn to these devices of light every time I watch one of his films or television shows. And given the new series of Twin Peaks has a large focus on electricity, it adds extra emphasis to the lamps that appear in almost every scene of the show.

Now, I’m not looking for hidden meaning or clues or trying to conjure up some convoluted theory regarding the use of lamps in Twin Peaks. Like Lynch, I just find them aesthetically pleasing and want a place to catalog the wide range of lamps used in the show.

Think of this as a sort of Lynchian IKEA.

Glass Box Room

Ben Horne’s Office

Ray and Darya’s House

Ruth Davenport’s Apartment

Sheriff’s Department

Hastings’ House

Mr. Todd’s Office


The Log Lady’s House


Buckhorn Sheriff’s Department



Ruth’s Neighbor’s Apartment


Sarah Palmer’s House

The Roadhouse


The Red Room


Author: Martin Holmes

Martin Holmes is a 29-year-old freelancer writer from Hull, England. He’s represented by Berlin Associates for comedy writing, runs the popular Survivor website, and writes about TV shows and entertainment news currently for Yahoo TV and ET Canada. A finalist for the Shortlist Sitcom Search in 2012 for “Siblings,” Martin received his BA in English with Creative Writing from The University of Hull. When not writing Martin can usually be found attending Wrestlemania events.

2 thoughts on “The Lamplighter Inn – Lamps in Twin Peaks Part 1 & 2”

  1. Martin, in your research on the lamps from Twin Peaks, did you come across any information on the manufacturer of lamps/where I could purchase (table and standing – wood and rectangular shades) used in the sheriff’s conference room in twin peaks? Did an internet search and can’t find them anywhere. Thanks!


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