During the process of searching for modern lamps, you may want to give some extra thought to energy efficient units. For example, there are dozens of lamps emerging that run on solar power. While these lamps are still fairly limited in design, you may soon see more appealing models emerging. As may be expected, if you are mechanically inclined, you can always take parts from a solar lamp, and then combine then with the body from a conventional lamp in order to get the best of both lamps.
For table lamps, people need to measure the table height and circumference. The lamp should not be more than one and a half times the height of the furnishing it sits on and the lampshade should not overlap the table. Consider the weight of the lamp. Lighter is better for less-travelled spots while heavier and stable is better for high traffic areas and small children.
Traditional lamps are reproductions or reinterpretations of lamps that express a strong historical perspective from the pre-industrial designs of Europe or Asia usually. These lamps often provide elaborate ornamentation that require highly skilled artisans and craftsmen. For example, the lamp may have a beautiful, intricate gold filigree design or the lampshade may have a bell shape with a double edged scallop design - and maybe some tassels or fringe.
If your room already contains furniture, rugs or other home decor, this may need to be considered when choosing a lamp. Often a contrast is great, (brown couches following a white with black trim lamp is great). Keep your lamp colours neutral compared to the room contents, unless you're looking to make a feature of the lamp itself.
For table lamps, a lampshade should be two thirds the height of the base. For floor lamps, follow a four to one ratio. The widest part of the shade should be half an inch wider than the widest part of the base on each side. It should modestly cover the lamps' harp and bulb socket.
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