Antique Lamps can be found with various antique dealers and are sold in either 'restored' or 'as found' condition. The lamps are restored by polishing, burnishing or replacing some parts and not by interfering with their vintage value. Catalogs of the antique lamps in stores can be found online with the complete description and historical significance. Prices depend on the vintage value and rarity of the design and art- work on the lamp.
Antique lamps include candle lamps, gas chandeliers, solar, astral, sconces, sinumbra oil lamps, kerosene lamps, piano lamps, banquet lamps and even electric lamps. These lamps also include the Victorian and American designed art-glass lamps and the various lighting devices. Antique lamps are bought for their designs and patterns. People collect antique lamps to enrich their collection. Some of these lamps are even sold to museums, depending on their historical value and exquisite periodic designs. They appeal to art collectors, either for their private collections or contribution to museums.
For the living room, choose a lamp shade made of fabric or slightly opaque paper to provide warm glow in the room. If to be placed near a television, an opaque shade can be chosen to reduce glare. For a modern look, drum shades may be used and if traditional look is preferred, conical shades are recommended. For reading purposes, the lamp's bulb must be at least 60 Watts; a dimmer or three0way bulb can be used for modulating the brightness.
Lighting will ultimately set a mood in any room, going of your objectives and function of the room you can now determine what mood you want to portray in this space. Sitting rooms and lounge rooms are often a place to relax so generally a soothing warm mood is the best for a room such as this, while a rumpus room often has a bright, fun or light mood and feel.
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.
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