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How are lamp harps measured?

Last Updated: 17th May, 2020

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The bottom diameter of the floor lamp's shade is related to the diameter of the lamp base. To determine the size, measure the bottom diameter of the floor lamp base. A 10” floor lamp base should have an 18” bottom diameter shade.

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Keeping this in consideration, what sizes do lamp harps come in?

Lamp Harp Types Our regular harps, which are available with either nickel or brass-plating, range in size from 4” to 15”, while our heavy duty harps, which are also available in nickel and brass plating, come in sizes between 7” and 15”.

Additionally, how tall should a lamp harp be? Please see the information provided in frequently asked questions about choosing the correct lamp harp size. For example, if your harp is 7” tall, the shade you select should have an overall height in the range of 7 1/ 2” to 6 1/ 2”.

Keeping this in consideration, how do you measure for a new lamp shade?

To choose the right lamp shade width, measure your lamp base and multiply by two. For a round base, measure straight across; measure diagonally for a square base. The widest part of your shade should be at least a half-inch wider than the widest part of your base on each side.

How tall should my lamp be?

Height - Most living room sizes can have table lamps that are 26 to 34 inches tall. When sitting, to get the best use of your table lamp and its light source; the bottom of the shade should be right at eye level as well. Placement – Placement of a table lamp. can be very important so that it functions at its best.

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What are the different types of lamp shade fittings?

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How tall should a lamp be next to a sofa?

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How tall should Lamp be next to bed?

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Do lampshades have to match?

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What is a lamp finial?

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What is a harp fitting lamp shade?

A floor lamp with shade. The harp is an oval piece of wire that attaches to the lamp, goes up and around the light bulb, and has a screw on top that the spider shade lamp shade sits on. According to the Lamp Shade Shop, the harp is a support--on the lamp itself--that holds a washer-spider-type lamp shade in place.

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How do lamp harps work?

Harps are flexible, often U-shaped parts that fit over a lamp's light bulb, simultaneously protecting the bulb and providing the support or attachment piece for the lampshade. Most often, a harp's base – the harp saddle – is attached to the lamp beneath the socket.

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What is a harp lamp shade?

A lamp harp is the component of a lamp to which the lamp shade is attached. It typically comes in two separate parts, a saddle which is fastened under the lamp socket, and the harp itself which consist of a lightweight frame attached to the saddle at its lower end and extending upwards to a point above the bulb.

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What size lamp do I need?

Typically, your table lamp should be no more than 1 ½ times the height of the table it will set on and the lamp shade should never be larger than the table. Light weight lamps are good for less active areas in the room. If you have children or pets a heavier lamp will be more stable and safer.

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Can you add a harp to a lamp?

Adding a Harp Base to a Lamp. They want to have a harp and washer fitter shade. This allows them more options in the shade world since the large selection of fabric shades have washer fitters. First thing we want to do is inspect this lamp for any parts or pieces that might be unsafe.

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How do you adjust a lamp harp?

If you wish to remove the harp, for adjustment or replacement, first unscrew or otherwise remove the lamp finial above the lampshade, remove the shade, and gently squeeze the harp inward just above the harp base. The harp locks into the lamp via notched “legs” that slide into the short slotted arms of the harp base.

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What are the parts of a lamp?

Parts of a Table Lamp (top to bottom):
  • Lock: Locks the lampshade in place.
  • Lampshade fitting: structural frame for the lampshade.
  • Lampshade: Softens the light.
  • Bulb: Provide the light.
  • Harp: Vertical shade support and shade attachment into the socket.
  • Socket shell: light socket for bulb.

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How do you fit a lampshade to a lamp?

The shade should be twice as wide as the lamp base, and one third of the total height of the lamp. So for a 6-inch lamp base, the shade should be at least 12 inches wide. And if the total height of the lamp (including the bulb and harp) is 24 inches, the shade should be 8 inches tall.

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What is a fitter on a light?

The fitter is the outer diameter of the lip which is inserted into the fixture's shade holder. This will measure a little less than the fitter size so it can fit into the shade holder of the same measurement.

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How do you pick a shade for a lamp?

The right light
If you need ambient light in the room or if you use the lamp for reading, go for a translucent shade. But if the lamp is just for decorative accent lighting, an opaque shade in a dark colour will be fine. If possible, test the shade with the light on.

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What is a shade reducing ring?

Shade Reducer Rings. Shade reducer rings are required due to the different design standards of UK and European pendent bulb holders. This is where a shade reducer ring is required. It fits simply onto your 29mm bulb holder converting it instantly to a 45mm holder.

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How do I choose a lamp?

To achieve a balanced look and find the best look for your space, use the following tips:
  1. Determine the Shade Height. First determine the perfect height range for your lamp; sit in the space next to where you are going to place the lamp.
  2. Decide on a Size.
  3. Select a Shade Style.
  4. Purchase the Right Bulb.

Roshan Kulkarni

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How do I change a lamp shade?

How to Change a Lampshade
  1. Unplug your lamp at the electrical outlet.
  2. Remove the current shade and harp by unscrewing the finial, removing the shade, and squeezing the harp out of the saddle.
  3. Squeeze the new harp into the saddle.
  4. Add your new shade and screw on the finial to secure it.

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How do you measure a diameter?

Steps
  1. If you know the radius of the circle, double it to get the diameter.
  2. If you know the circumference of the circle, divide it by π to get the diameter.
  3. If you know the area of the circle, divide the result by π and find its square root to get the radius; then multiply by 2 to get the diameter.