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Thumprints 1105-ASL-2070 Bali Acacia Wood Table Lamp

Thumprints Bali Acacia Wood Table Lamp

With the tag line “as distinctive as your thumprint”, this designer lamp company offers innovative, creative and stylish table lamps which are essentially pieces of functional art. Thumprints high-design and artistic style can easily be seen in any of their unique table lamps and floor lamps, wall sconces, or pendant lights for transitional and contemporary decors.

 

 

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Thumprints Lamps got their start in 2002 when founder Allison Davis was exploring more creative outlets for her art. She began in her basement by designing lamps from found objects and hand-covering lamp shades with unusual materials. Today Thumprints table lamp and floor lamp intriguing designs are crafted with high-end materials such as sustainable wood, ceramic, blown art glass, natural stone and metal while paired with shades made from luxurious fabrics including dupioni silk, ultra suede and fine linens.

 

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Thumprints Lighting brings a fresh perspective and an exceptional value to decorative lighting and design. A large selection of Thumprints table lamps, floor lamps, wall sconces, and pendants are made in the USA, which allows for custom lighting at a lower cost. Come check out Thumprints American made lamps at Lighting by Lux today.

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Table lamps can offer great functionality and aesthetic enhancement to a room, their portable nature also requires less design commitment than other types of lighting for the home. That said selecting the perfect table lamp can feel like a daunting task, but with the right pointers it’s really easy.

Our best tip is to start with the type of lamp you’re after before deciding on the style. That may feel counter intuitive at first because we’re all very visually oriented and aesthetics are typically the first concern, but by starting with the type or intended task for the lamp you’re ensuring the lamp will actually perform its intended task, rather than just sit there looking pretty.

Here are some tips for selecting the right table lamp

  • First decide on the application. Decorative table lamps only need to provide the proper amount of ambient light in the room and yes, being attractive doesn’t hurt at all. Reading lamps benefit from a diffuser, aiming arm and dimmer switch. Buffett lamps, as the name suggest, are meant to illuminate a surface at standing height. Likewise, desk lamps are intended to provide illumination for a desk, but shield the light source from direct eye contact.
  • Consider selecting a lamp made from a heavy material. Because a table lamps are free standing, it’s always a good idea to select something substantial that will be stable in its place. Lamps made from solid wood, cast iron, brass, ceramic and natural stone are great choices for the home. This is true whether you are getting a table lamp or a floor lamp
  • The right shade can make or break the lamp. There is more to shades than just their aesthetic appeal; the shade can greatly affect the amount of lighting that you get from the lamp. An opaque shade will send light only up or down whereas a diffused shade will spread the light around in multiple directions. You do want to consider the aesthetics as well, though. For example, do you want a shade made from a hard fabric like vinyl or one made from a soft fabric, such as silk?
  • Don’t forget the dimmer. It is always good to have different light level options with your lamps. Many portable lamps come with built-in dimmer/slider switches to make this simple for you.
  •  Pay attention to detail. People get right up close to portable lamps a lot of the time so after you’ve selected the proper lamp type; it’s worth it to pay attention to the great decorative detail that can be found on some portable lamps.
  • Don’t ignore the light bulb. These days it is very important for you to look at what type of light bulbs can be used in the lamps that you choose to purchase. Traditional incandescent light bulbs are being phased out so you may want to look for a lamp that allows you to use a CFL bulb or better yet, an eco-friendly LED light bulb.
  • Keep in mind that special applications may benefit from specific lamp types. For example, piano lamps and desk lamps are suited to specific tasks and may not be right for general use.

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Franburg Moderne ChandelierLighting is something that is made all over the world. In fact, many of the best light fixture designs come from amazing exotic locations. That said it is important to try to buy American-made products as often as possible. Luckily options are beginning to really open up for people who want terrific American-made lights.

Why Buy American?

Buying products that are produced in America helps to improve the American economy. Unemployment is still shockingly high. If we choose to support businesses that employ people in United States factories in stores then we are effectively supporting local jobs.

Additional reasons to buy American include:

  • It supports American working standards. There are laws here (such as child labor laws) that do not necessarily exist in other countries. Buying American made products supports those working standards.
  • Buying American often means supporting green efforts. There are environmental standards for the factories here that aren’t always in place in other places. This is important when it comes to lighting as more and more consumers seek to be greener in their own lighting usage.
  • Sometimes American lighting may be less expensive than other options. This is due to reduced shipping costs although it does vary depending on many other factors.

Options for American-Made Lighting

You may be ready to consider buying American-made lighting but just don’t know where to start. Some of the top lighting choices right now in this category include:

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et2 sax lampWin a sleek, contemporary LED reading lamp from the Sax collection by ET2! With its streamlined hardware and floating curves, the Sax LED table lamp resembles a piece of modern sculpture more than a desk lamp, but its thin, 5 watt LED puts out a cool white light that is easy on the eyes as well as the environment. The winner will get to choose between a matte white or a glossy black finish.

HOW TO WIN: This contest is open to followers of Lighting By Lux on Twitter and Facebook who live in the U.S. Either following us on Twitter or “liking” us on Facebook will automatically enter you for a chance to win. Do both to receive two chances!

The contest runs from now until June 1st, when we’ll select the winner at random from among those who have followed/friended us during that time. We’ll announce the winner on June 1st on both Twitter and Facebook, as well as here on the blog.

Now the fine print: this offer is open to U.S. residents only. Contest void in Florida, New York, and Rhode Island. Also void in Puerto Rico and where prohibited by law. Lighting by Lux reserves sole and final judgement in contest, no ifs, ands or buts. Maximum two contest entries per person. Contest entrants must become a follower of Lighting By Lux on Facebook and/or Twitter between the date of this post and June 1st, 2010 in order to be eligible.

holtkotter reading lampWhen you were a child, did you mother admonish you not to read in the dark? Did she tell you to turn a lamp on so you wouldn’t ruin your eyes? You probably didn’t think much of it at the time. That’s because your young eyes didn’t struggle to see even in dim light. Now that you’re getting older, though, Mom’s words might be echoing in your mind. That’s because our eyes start to worsen as we age and we begin to need better light to read by. Don’t worry; this isn’t really because of the squinting that you did as a kid. And it’s a problem that you can easily deal with by selecting the right lighting for reading.

So what happens to your eyes as you age? Quite a few things happen actually. Some of the changes that your eyes go through as you get older include:

* The cornea becomes increasingly opaque.
* The lens of your eye starts to absorb more light than before.
* The lens of your eye begins to yellow and specifically absorbs more blue wavelength light than before.
* The diameter of your pupil decreases.
* Your retinal illuminance levels decrease.
* Fat deposits build up in both the cornea and the lens of the eye. This leads to scattered light in the eyes. Scattered light blurs images.
* Your ciliary muscles weaken and your lens hardens. This combination makes it more difficult to focus in changing light.

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lampshadesChoosing a lamp shade might seem like a relatively simple task, but in truth, there are several things to consider. The wrong shade can not only turn your new designer table lamp into an eyesore; it can also throw off a room’s entire lighting scheme. Below are some things to consider that will help you select just the right shade to compliment your lamp and enhance the overall lighting in your space.

Shape – This is probably the easiest rule to remember when shopping for a lamp shade: match the shape of the shade to the shape of the lamp base. A rounded base, for instance, should get a round shade, while a square or rectangular base should get a square shade. Bases with a combination of curves and angles can happily go either way.

Proportion – More important to shape is the size and proportion of the shade you choose. A lamp shade should measure about one- to two-thirds the height of the base, and two times the width. It should be tall enough to cover all of the lighting elements and hardware without covering up any of the base, and the widest part of the lamp shade should be about a half-inch wider in diameter than the widest part of the base. Read the rest of this entry »

With the traditional job market having yet to stabilize, more Americans are working from home today than ever before. Whether going freelance, starting a home business or simply telecommuting to save money, working at home generally requires a home office, be it a small desk tucked away in a corner of the kitchen, a coat closet converted into an office nook, or an entire spare room repurposed for the task. Whatever form your home office takes, it has its own set of special lighting requirements.

If your work space doesn’t get a lot of natural light, or if you do any nighttime work, then it’s important to create a good amount of ambient light. A “good amount” depends largely on what you do and what kind of mood lighting makes you most productive. A writer, for instance, might work better in a dimly lit room that encourages imagination; whereas a crafter might find a bright space to be more inspiring. Since overhead fixtures tend to be too bright, it’s best to use indirect lighting sources such as uplights or downlights that reflect light off of the walls and ceiling, creating a soft, diffused light that mimics natural light. If that’s not practical, consider putting your overhead light on a dimmer switch so that you can control the amount of light it spreads over the room.

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