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Lamps are the most versatile way of lighting your home and you are spoilt when it comes to the type, style and design of lamps you can choose. Even if you have overhead lighting or wall sconces installed, lamp lighting offers a softer, more subtle light for early evenings or for a cosy atmosphere, so it's always good to have the added option of side lamps.

What types of lamps are available?

There are several different types of lamps for you to choose from. Here's a breakdown of the three main types:

  • Desk Lamps

    Desk lamps are a type of task lighting, which is used to light a particular area to carry out a particular task. They are an easy way to light up your desk or work space so that you can finish your work even after the sun has gone down.

  • Floor Lamps

    Floor lamps can be used as both task and accent lighting. They can create an ambience, add visual interest to a room and be used to read or watch TV.

  • Table Lamps

    Like floor lamps, table lamps are used to create both task and accent lighting. However, they tend to be smaller and more decorative and are especially popular as bedside lamps.

Should I buy my lamp base and lampshade separately?

This really depends on the look you’re trying to create. If you prefer your bedside lamps to match, then opting for a lamp set will ensure your lamps are identical and that the lampshade and lamp base complement each other perfectly. On the other hand if you prefer a more eclectic look or love getting creative with your homewares, then choosing your lampshade and base separately could be the way forward for you.

What style lamp should I buy?

If you're design-conscious and want to make a statement, there are a great range of designer floor lamps to choose from; either sleek and streamlined, industrial and pared-back or quirky and unique. Designers are constantly coming up with weird and wonderful lamp bases for table lamps, too, whether it's a dog, pineapple, owl or even the Eiffel Tower!

Touch table lamps, that are switched on and off by just a slight touch of the finger to the base of the lamp, are becoming ever more popular in homes and there are a multitude of lamp designs that incorporate this clever feature and will bring a sprinkling of hi-tech to your home.

You can also find lampshades to spruce up old lamps. Choose from plain, colour block shades, map patterns, stripes, florals and a multitude of other designs. Whatever your design theme in your house, there'll definitely be a lamp to suit.
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