January 14, 2018 16:56:31 Angelette Lavergne
Lighting Needs: Identify the function of the lamp in terms of lighting needs. Is the lamps purpose to provide general area (also called ambient), reading, or accent lighting?
Weight and Stability: And finally, make sure that there is some weight or other stabilizing feature to the base of the lamp so that is cannot be easily toppled over.
This table lamp has a brass base in a step up design beginning with the largest step on the bottom. The carved feet really set off this lamp very well, and the glass stem gives the lamp a stylish yet open feel. The white fabric shade is 16", and it has a 3-way rotating light switch so that you can set your desired lighting level. The maximum bulb you should use is a 100-watt bulb. There is just a slight bit of assembly required for this Waterford Crystal lamp that will take all of 5 minutes.
Lampshades: For general purpose lighting, it is better to choose a lamp with a lampshade that has some degree of transparency such as a fabric, weave, or glass that is light in color. A semi-transparent lampshade gives a room a softer look. On the other hand, a lampshade that has little transparency will provide a stronger, more concentrated light pattern which can create a dramatic effect. A lampshade that has a wider brim at the bottom will spread the light out toward the bottom which is good for a reading lamp.
Wattage: If there are other light sources in the room, a 60 watt bulb may provide enough light for a living room. However, if only using one or two lamps to light up an entire room, it may be best to invest in a 100 to 150 watt bulb or a 3-way bulb. This also gives sufficient light for reading. A reading lamp should offer 150 or more watts. In general, rooms should have a light source every 10 feet or so.
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