Lighting Blog

What is an Empire Lampshade?

By Ann Eckert |

Click here to consider our wide variety of empire lampshades. The empire lampshade is one of the oldest lampshade designs, and even today, is what I consider the “workhorse” lampshade style.   As the largest retailer of lampshades – new and replacement – in New England, we sell A LOT of lampshades!  And, the most […]

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Cylinder Lampshades

By Ann Eckert |

Click here to learn more about our cylinder lampshades. So, what is a cylinder lampshade??  Very simply, it is a very tall / very long drum lampshade!   We talked about drum lampshades last week, and how they have made a big splash and re-entry into our interior décor’s in the last 5 years. While […]

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White Lamps for the Summer

By Ann Eckert |

White is THE color for the summer season! But come Labor Day we need to store this colorless hue away for the cold winter. The good news for interiors is that white knows no season. White speaks to clean, simple sophistication, and lamps are no exception. White lamps, with their simple elegance, can soften any […]

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Drum Lampshades

By Ann Eckert |

Drum lampshades are one of the most traditional types of lampshades, extremely popular from the early twentieth century through the 1980s when the fell out of favor.  Today, however, the drum lampshade is experiencing a resurgence in popularity, and the category has expanded to include some current and fun additions. The drum lampshade may also […]

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Let’s Talk about Lampshade Luminance

By Ann Eckert |

Today the subject is “Lampshade Luminance”… what is lampshade luminance? Very simply, luminance can be thought of as one’s perception of brightness. It usually refers to the amount of light that reaches the eye of the observer. Historically a lampshade was regarded as a functional necessity to cover the glare from a light source – […]

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Happy (almost) Fourth of July!

By Ann Eckert |

As you know, our shop is based in Concord and we take pride in our history. After all, Concord is home to the first battle of the American Revolutionary War (War for Independence) on April 19, 1775, and considered the birthplace of the nation! To celebrate our town, Jack Skinner, the artist behind the Boston […]

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What is a Lampshade Fitter?

By Ann Eckert |

A fitter is the mechanism by which the lampshade “attaches” to the lamp.  The four most common types of fitters for a lampshade are the washer, the clip, the Uno, and the Chimney: The washer fitter is the most common lampshade fitter in the US.  It is used with a harp and finial and will […]

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Lighting Your Kitchen Island

By Ann Eckert |

The kitchen island has become a must-have in kitchen home design because of its form and function. In fact, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), islands are one of the most popular kitchen design features among today’s consumers. The report claims that approximately 80% of home buyers consider a kitchen island a […]

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Learning about Lamp Harps

By Ann Eckert |

Harps are a critical piece of hardware for fitting a lampshade to a lamp; select the right size harp and the shade will fit the lamp perfectly;  too tall a harp and the socket is exposed; too short a harp, and the top part of the lamp is hidden. So…. What is a harp?! Harps […]

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How to Measure a Lampshade

By Ann Eckert |

Back to More about lampshades – and this time, we are talking about how to measure a lampshade. A very important piece of finding the right shade! Customers come into our store everyday looking for a replacement lampshade.  Ideally, the lamp requiring the new shade should accompany the customer – it makes for a much […]

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Rules of Thumb for Interior Lighting: Part 2 – Bedroom Lighting

By Ann Eckert |

In the first part of this series we discussed essentials for lighting the living room, and now we’re going to focus on the space where you spend a bulk of your resting time – bedrooms. A bedroom should be a cozy, calm place and lighting should be designed to fall around the bed, not directly […]

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All About Silk Lampshades

By Ann Eckert |

Welcome back to our continuing discussion on lampshades.  Last week we talked about hardback lampshades, and this week we are going to talk about silk or “soft” lampshades. So, what is a silk or soft lampshade? The name “silk shade” is a little bit of a misnomer because these shades are not necessarily made from […]

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