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1130 S. Braddock Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15218




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How to Shade a Light: Finding the Perfect Lampshade for Your Lamp


The single most important thing that you need to know about shading a lamp is this: you need to bring the lamp with you when you shop for a new lampshade. From there, it’s pretty simple if you’re shopping at Typhoon because we’ll help you find the right lampshade. But here are some simple things to remember when shading a light. These are not hard and fast rules, as style considerations can sometimes override these guidelines.

  • All hardware, socket, and harp should go unseen, hidden by the lampshade. Covering the vase cap or letting it show a bit is a matter of personal preference.
  • The shade should be approximately two-thirds the height of the lamp base.
  • The base of the lamp helps you determine the width of the shade, the shade is usually two times the width of the base.
  • Round shades always look good with round bases, but sometimes you can switch it up.
  • Hardback shades give a more sleek, contemporary look.
  • Softback shades, especially shirred or pleated, go well in a traditional design scheme.
  • A very slender lamp, such as a buffet lamp, can look great with a variety of shades, but a shallow flared shade always looks great.
  • The size of the lampshade determines the amount of wattage (if you are using incandescent lamping) that you can use. This is because incandescent light bulbs produce a good deal of heat. Smaller lampshades that sit close to the bulb will require lower wattage to avoid heat damage to the shade, and even worse, a fire hazard.
  • And finally, a new lampshade is the most effective way to update your lamp.

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