Usage information

The lamps can be known as Catalytic Lamps, Catalytic Fragrance Lamps, Effusion Lamps, or simply as Fragrance Lamps.

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Frequently asked questions:

What is a Catalytic Fragrance Lamp?

The origin of the Fragrance Lamp goes back to 1898 when a French pharmacist created the Catalytic Combustion system to disinfect the air in hospitals. The original models were made of crystal or glass and operated with the same method of purification that is used today: Diffusion by Catalytic Combustion.

The catalytic burner captures and destroys the molecules that carry odours. The mixing of air and the movement from convection ensures that odours are destroyed as well as airborne microorganisms. Catalytic Fragrance Lamps actually purify the air before perfuming it.

In the 1920's designers were commissioned to create aesthetic bottles to be offered to the private consumers. The lamps, which had previously cleansed and purified the air exclusively in the institutional setting, now came into the private home.

While air fresheners and room sprays usually mask odours, Catalytic lamps actively purify, cleanse and perfume the air in a wide area. Common odours in the home produced by cooking, pets, tobacco and exercising can be safely and effectively removed by using Ashleigh & Burwood catalytic lamps.

Ashleigh & Burwood are an industry leader offering a wide range of designs of both Fragrance Lamps and Lamp Fragrances.

Does the Ashleigh & Burwood Fragrance Lamp really work against airborne 'bugs'?

Yes, the Ashleigh & Burwood Fragrance Lamp really does help to cleanse and purify the air. Independent tests conducted for Ashleigh & Burwood give the following results for destruction of airborne microorganisms after testing under laboratory conditions:

  • Dust mites – 99% mortality rate
  • Escherichia coli bacteria (E. coli) – 99% mortality rate
  • Five types of mould spores
    • Aspergillus niger – 61.5 % mortality rate
    • Eurotium amsterdami – 79.6% mortality rate
    • Stachybotrys chartarum – 99.9% mortality rate
    • Penicillium crustosum – 99.9% mortality rate
    • Chaetomium globosum – 99.9% mortality rate


Please note that each of our Fragrance Lamps is individually handcrafted, and each piece is therefore completely unique - no two are ever identical. We have taken as much care as we can to ensure that the photographs on our website represent each Lamp as closely as possible. Please bear in mind that different computer monitors are calibrated differently, and this can affect the colour representation on screen

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