General Lampshade Information

Table lamps are often a rooms focal point as they draw your attention when lit. By updating your lamp shades you add a fresh new look to both your lamps and home. When replacing lampshades personal taste should always be considered first and foremost.
  • Lamps used in formal rooms most often use silk shades.
  • Lamps used in less formal areas often use parchment, linen, and some silk shades.
  • Lamp Shade Color: It is best to harmonize lamp shade to color in the lamp base.
  • The interior decor should be considered so that the lamp will harmonize with the room.
  • White and light colored shades tend to provide more light than dark shades.
  • Transparent shades provide the most light to a room.
  • A pattern or dark colored shade tends to create more drama in a room.
  • Opaque shades tend to focus the light downward for task lighting such as reading and writing.
  • Silk and parchment shades can often be interchanged with glass shades by simply adding or changing the shade holder. Matching a Shade:If you are looking for a shade similar to your existing shade:
  • Match the measurements of your shade to the new shade.
  • For shades to look alike - a similar height can be the most relative measurement
  • Adequate air circulation between lamp shade and light bulb
  • General rule: at least 2" between widest point of 100 watt bulb and shade
  • The lamp industry sizes shades by the bottom measurement. Lamp shades are measured: bottom, top, side
  • Hexagonal shades are measured from point to point across the bottom.
  • Round shades are measured by the bottom diameter.
  • Shade Diameter: is often proportional to the lamp base. However thin narrow lamps can often use a small or a large diameter shade depending on the look you want Shade Height: can be slightly less or equal to the height of the lamp base.
  • Very thin narrow lamps can also use shorter shades just half the height of the lamp base.
  • The bottom of the shade should conceal lamp socket/burner of the lamp when viewed at eye level.
  • Height positioning of shade can be easily adjusted up or down by using a shorter or taller harp on lamp.
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