Wall Light Shades & Chandelier Shades
Small lamp shades are perfect for use as wall light shades and chandelier shades. They are available in a variety of sizes, usually between four and six-inches in diameter. Do not underestimate the effect of using shades for chandeliers or wall lights as they can completely transform the look of a room for a little outlay. As always, when selecting a shade colour you need to decide if you want to contrast or complement the existing colour scheme. Bold shades will make the fitting stand out whilst more neutral colours will fit with almost any colour scheme.
They are particularly useful in diffusing harsh light and are very effective when used on large or very bright fittings with bare lamps. They create a wonderful effect by funnelling the light up and down through the shade. They can also be used to update a tired fitting instantly without having to replace the whole thing.
Small Lamp Shades
The shades can be attached in a number of ways, the most popular and convenient way is to use a clip-on lamp shade. These simply clip onto the light bulb with a built-in slightly sprung holder designed for candle lamps. Some have shade rings that are designed for ES, SES or BC lamp holders. Those designed for ES lamp holders can be used for the others but those for BC lamp holders cannot be used for ES lamp holders.
Do determine which type of holder is best for you, take a look at the lamp holder and see if it is fitted with a shade retainer. This is a screw-down ring fitted under the lamp and is threaded so that it can be removed and secured once the shade is fitted. If your light fitting doesn’t have a shade retainer then the only choice is a clip-on lamp shade.
As a rough guide, the larger the wall light or chandelier, the wider the shade needs to be but this is not a hard and fast rule. Sometimes a larger shade on a small fitting can give the impression of size, whilst small diameter shades can look great on large fittings, particularly if they have multiple tiers.
As always, be bold, be inspired and take a look at what you want to achieve before selecting your shades. If you require any help or advice on selecting wall light shades or chandelier shades, please use the contact us form or telephone 0151 650 2138 to chat with a member of our team.
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