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Building Your Own Lamp

If you like to create things by hand, one of the more interesting things that you can make is your own lamps. This process is fun and it can be as easy or challenging as you would like to make it. There are so many different lamp parts out there that the possibilities for a final product are close to infinite. For the creative handyman, lamp creation is a very fulfilling process because it does have so many different and unique ways in which you can approach it.

The best way to start is with the most basic parts. Every desk and floor lamp, for example, has three different parts: the base, the column, and the bulb area. You can start from the bottom with a classy base, and build up from there. Remember, the longer the column is, the easier it will be for the lamp to fall over so make sure that the base is large and sturdy enough to prevent this from happening. You can always find a top quality base for a very low price, depending upon the materials that you wish to use. For example, an unfinished aluminum base is generally cheaper than a high quality brass base would be.

Next, you want a column. These come in several different sizes, but can be broken up into two main categories: shorter desk lamps and tall floor lamps. The height of your lamp can easily be customized by connecting smaller column pieces to each other, too, giving you an even bigger number of creative choices.

The light bulb is a tricky area. The bulb will not work without electricity, so you will need a few different parts here in order to make your custom lamp workable. Start with the socket. This is the area that the light bulb will screw into. You will also find that many lamps have their own and off functions here. There are buttons you can push, knobs to turn, or drawstrings to pull.    The design that you choose doesn’t matter; it is all a matter of personal taste.

You will also find out on the market that there are socket extensions, too. These basically screw into the extension if the bulb needs to be raised a bit. For most projects you will not need these, but in some custom cases they can be very useful.

You need to bring power to the socket somehow, and for this you will need an electrical cord. This is what connects the bulb to the wall socket so it has the power to turn on. Many people prefer to leave the power cord as hidden out of sight as possible. To do this, the cord can be snaked through the column up to the bulb socket. The other end would come out below the base and the only thing that will be visible in this scenario is the area between the base and the wall socket.

Finally, we come to the bulb itself. You have a lot of choices here, but it seems that current environmentally friendly trends are moving toward CFL and LED lights. You can still use older model light bulbs with nice results but these use more electricity and do not last as long. This makes the older bulbs more costly in the long run.

Your custom built lamp is a reflection of who you are. You can create almost anything you can imagine and with lamp accessories thrown in, too, the choices you have are absolutely limitless. Start looking at previously made designs and take note of what you like and dislike. This will allow you to make your lamp your own.

Lighting Can Be The Difference In Transforming Your Room

Making your living space your own is a great way to increase your comfort and relaxation levels within your home. Lighting is one of the easiest ways to transform a room and make it unique. Lamps are cheap compared to getting new furniture or remodeling your home, and they are fairly easy to put into place. The best part about this method is that there are countless different ways in which you can transform your rooms with lighting. Let’s look at some of the best ways to do this.

1.)    Shading and lights.  Different lamps can easily produce different types of atmospheres. For example, filling your bedroom with ultra bright fluorescent lights gives the feeling of a sterile and generic environment. Hospitals and grocery stores use this kind of lighting so that there are few shadows and dark spots and to allow patrons to see products with as much ease as possible. Instead of this standard lighting, try shading your lamps or put sconces up on the wall. This will create a more romantic and personal atmosphere. You don’t want your bedroom to be boring, you want it to reflect your personality so that you can feel more at home. Lamps with shades are an easy way to accomplish this.

2.)    Mix it up. Use a creative balance of ceiling lights, floor lamps, and table lamps. Ceiling lights are great for a normal atmosphere, but they often create shadows and a very non-personal atmosphere. Make your room a little bit more intimate. A table lamp will help you see a book better to read at night. You can always turn off the ceiling lights and illuminate just a small portion of your room at any given time to create a contrast within the room, too. There are so many options with these combinations of different types of lights that your choices are almost limitless.

3.)    Different colored lights. A room with white paint and bright fluorescent lights will have a very generic feel to it. Instead of painting your walls a more personal color, try just changing one of your light bulbs for a colored bulb. Green, red, and blue lights can instantly change the mood of your room and make for a very unique feel. You can exaggerate this feeling for parties and its applicable within any room of the house.

4.)    Go elegant. There are many different choices that you can use when selecting the type of lamp that you will be using. There are generic floor lamps that serve a distinct purpose, but why would you want a standard, run of the mill, lamp for a room that is anything but ordinary? You don’t need to put a generic lamp in your beautiful room. Look for lamps and lamp parts that fit the general motif of your dwelling area. If you want to transform a boring old room into something exciting and different, you can use fancy or unique lamps to help perpetuate the particular atmosphere you are looking for.

5.)    Look at different lamp shades. Your lamp shade might not seem like a big deal, but this part of the lamp can have an influence on the shading and lighting of the room. A colored lamp shade will make the room a different shade than a standard white shade. Also, you can create an ambience with lamp shades even if the lights are off. A decorative lamp shade makes a different impression than a boring single color shade.

Your house is an extension of who you are. You want your quarters to be comfortable and to mesh with your personality. Having the right lights in your home is an easy way to accomplish this.

Lamps Through The Ages

Throughout time, trends come and go. Most people follow things like fashion trends and social trends closely, but everything changes – even lamps. While it may not be at the top of minds, lamps have seen a lot of changes throughout history. Whether in style or composition, the lamps that were popular in the 1900s look much different than the lamps of today.

Of course we are fascinated by this history and decided to make a compilation of lamps throughout the years. With electric lighting well on its way, we begin to see the lightbulb make its way into homes, where lamp design and construction really evolves. Take a look at the many different decades of lamps.

1900s

Though officially introduced in 1879, it took some time for incandescent lighting to find its way into our homes. Like many new technologies, it could first be seen within businesses and stores. Its design was crude and basic as society adjusted to the new change. Eventually, though, lamps begin to become more aesthetically pleasing. In the early 1900s short, boxy styles were popular. Handcrafted glass and bronze finishes were prevalent.

 

1910s

During this decade lighting design still much resembled designs of gas lighting fixtures. Brass or bronze fixtures with glass shades were still prominent. Mission and Art & Crafts styles were very popular as well as Colonial. Simple, straightforward architecture was key.

 

1920s

In this now iconic decade, rich, decadent colors like gold and burgundy could be found in lamp designs. Metallic brocades and painted finishes were popularly used as well. This decade was all about glamour and lavishness. Interior design began to take off as a profession. Angular shapes and exotic touches were commonly found.

1930s

During this decade styles became more streamlined and somewhat modern. A lot of art deco influence was apparent, which meant a lot of red, black, sliver, and golds. Chrome and Bakelite, a type of plastic, became popularly used in lamp construction.

1940s

The popularity of art deco-inspired style carried into the 1940s, especially due to the shortages caused by the second World War. Geometric patterns, glass shades, and incorporation of natural woods were prominently featured in lighting fixtures.

1950s

Post-war houses were constructed much differently. Homes were smaller, which meant stacking and using lighter furniture and accessories. Styles mirrored that of American diners: bubblegum colors and curvy shapes. Animal prints, surrealism, and “space age” design were popular as well.

1960s

This is the age of flower power, rebellion, and pop music. All design was heavily influenced by Swinging London. The space age continued and psychedelia took form. Most design fell into one of these two categories: hippie, ethnic or plastic, outer space-like.

1970s

During these years the space age mania still prevailed, but society took a funky-kitsch spin on it. Bold, colorful design was apparent everywhere. Shag, cork, and wood paneling were popular as well as color choices of brown, orange, and cream.

1980s

Metallic accents, reflective surfaces, and colorful artwork are huge influencers for this decade. A few styles existed including ‘80s modern, which was very minimalist, Memphis-Milano, which incorporated a lot of geometric design, and ‘80s deco, that revived some of the ‘20s and ‘30s use of art deco.

1990s

In the 90s shabby chic style and Arts & Crafts design were popular. Large print patterns and nature-inspired ornamentation also found their way at the forefront of home design.

Today

Once we entered the new millennium and our tastes reached some of the modern ones we see today, lamp design became sleeker, simpler, and cleaner.