Choosing the Right Lamp Shade
Our expert explains which lamp shades work best for certain applications.
Does the type of lamp shade used matter if portable lamps are intended to be more decorative? Do some types work better with different lamping?
It depends on the function. If it is purely decorative, then the material options are wide open. Translucent materials like silk, parchment and even thin sheets of wood create a warm inviting glow. You just want to make sure that they are not the only source of illumination or a living room will look like a lamp shade showroom, or an elegant pinball machine as your eyes dart from fixture to fixture. If the purpose of the lamp is for reading, you can use an opaque shade or a semi-translucent shade to help direct the light more towards the work surface. This type of shade benefits from a translucent diffuser on top to keep from creating a defined pattern of light on the ceiling. Lamping-wise, the less heat and UV the light source emits, the longer the lamp shade will last.
Randall Whitehead, IALD
Latest from ask randall
You are still missing task light and accent light. You probably need some decorative floor and table lamps as well, which can also be used for task... read full story
Super-shallow recessed fixtures can have a high glare factor. You might consider installing box beams to give you the room for recessed fixtures... read full story
Yes, exactly. An incandescent bulb at full brightness has a color temperature of 2700K. Additionally, incandescent bulbs also get warmer in color as... read full story
Wednesday, June 8 at 2 p.m. EDT Register for this free CEU webinar here. Webinar Overview:Learning units:AIA/CES LU (HSW) 1.0 Learning UnitIDCEC (IIDA/ASID/IDC/IDS) 0.1... read full story
Archived CEU Webinar: LED Lighting 204 - LED and Solid-State Lighting Opportunities for Aging Eyes, Health and Behavior
Sponsored by Emerson and Kuzco Lighting. This free CEU webinar has already taken place, but you can still watch it on demand by clicking here. Webinar Overview:Learning units... read full story
Sponsored by Bock Lighting, CSL, Fanimation, Pure Lighting/Edge Lighting and USA LED Lighting Solutions. Wednesday, June 10, 2-3 p.m. EDT This free CEU webinar has... read full story