The right table lamp not only provides interior lighting of the required direction and intensity, but also becomes a harmonious addition and decoration. And to a large extent the functional and artistic features of this or that lamp is determined by its lampshade. It is this element that closes the lamp, diffusing its light and forming the appearance of the device, in many respects determines how exactly it will look like a desk lamp in your interior and how effectively it will solve the problem of local lighting. Practice shows that by replacing the diffuser, you can dramatically change the appearance of the lamp, so in many cases it will be more convenient to buy a separate base, separate lampshade for a desk lamp. And in order not to make a mistake in the choice, it is recommended to take into account certain recommendations and subtleties.
The Origin And Purpose of Lampshades
With all their diversity, modern variations of this part of the lamps are largely similar to the hubcaps that complemented the first electric lamps. Lampshades owe their origin to electricity. Bright light of electric lamps, which was much more intense than the flame of candles and kerosene lamps, not only illuminated the surrounding space more effectively, but also created a significant strain on the eyes.
For comfortable use of lamps, especially table lamps, placed at eye level, required an addition that could not only soften the light flux and make it more scattered, but also give it a certain directionality. This is how special hoods came to be called “lampshades” from the French abat-jour, which can be translated as “light refractor” or “light suppressor”.
The Main Types Are
- Pendant, on chandeliers and sconces.
- Table lamps.
- Floor lamp – floor lamps.
With the Size of Lampshades Also Everything is Clear, They are Divided Into
- Large. Most often suspended from the ceiling. Think of the huge lamp shades over the welcoming dining table. Or the massive chandeliers in the center of a spacious living room.
- Medium. Can be of any kind, placed both on the table and on the ceiling lamp, and on the floor. Note that this option is the most common.
- Mini. Often used on chandeliers that have many horns, many lamps. Or as a frame for a small lamp for reading.
By Design, Lampshades Come In
- On a plastic backing. You can not create models of complex shape, but there is no metal frame, the role of which performs the substrate. The seam is one, the circles for fixation are attached to the base.
- Sewn. Can be a variety of shapes, including very complex. Stitches can be many.
A light sewn lampshade can be attached with a clip to the lamp itself, but more often the attachment to the top ring is used. Heavy lampshades require two rings, this attachment is often found in floor lamps.
In Form Lampshades Can be Very Different
- Classic cylinder, concave and long cylinders.
- Sphere, a round lampshade.
- Cooley – also a ball, but with holes.
- Straight and concave empire.
- Tiffany, both with and without festoons.
- The square.
- Cube and other geometrical figures are a modern variant.