Buyer's Guides

Buyer's Guides

Looking for a little extra information for your lighting questions? You've come to the right place. We've assembled a collection of resources to assist in some of the most common questions and challenges when it comes to lighting and interior decorating. Over the years, we've fielded thousands of calls from lighting shoppers just like you, allowing us a unique perspective of what the lighting shopper is looking for.

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Lampshade Buyer's Guide
Posted on May 06, 2015 by Steve Brielmaier | 2 comments
Buyer's Guides - Lampshade Buyer's Guide
Consider the Use

Reading lamps need a wider shade to provide plenty of light. 

Consider the Room - What is the color and style of your room? Will the lamp have a starring role or compliment its surroundings?

Consider the Bulb
Be sure you have 2-3 inch separation from bulb to shade, especially for higher wattage bulbs. Be sure the top opening is wide enough to vent the heat. Compact Fluorescent bulbs are great for most lamps because they burn cooler, but you may need larger harp since CFL's are taller than standard light bulbs.

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Task Lamp Buyer's Guide
Posted on April 26, 2015 by Daniel Brielmaier | 0 comments
Buyer's Guides - Task Lamp Buyer's Guide

Having trouble sewing, reading, or typing because of inadequate and improper lighting? A task lamp should allow you to do these intricate and detailed work with the least eye strain and troubles. Such lamps have been specifically designed so that you are provided with proper illumination to efficiently perform task or hobbies that require extensive lighting.

Looking for the perfect task lamp does not have to be as hard as you might think it is. You only need to keep in mind a few factors and tips and you should be on your merry way of enjoying your new task lamp in your workplace.

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Dolan Designs
Posted on April 16, 2015 by Daniel Brielmaier | 0 comments
Buyer's Guides - Dolan Designs

At Dolan Designs we have been dedicated to designing and producing our own unique lighting fixtures and updated interpretations of traditional styles since 1993. What you will find in each and every one of Dolan Designs’ products is an attention to detail that you expect to find only in the most expensive collections. 

The reason for this constant dedication is very simple; Patrick Dolan is involved in every step of every product from conception to manufacture.

At LampsUSA & Dolan Designs we believe that a beautiful fixture is the combination of perfect balance, proportion, fit, and finish. To achieve this it takes a singular vision and viewpoint – great fixtures cannot be designed by committee.

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Accent Lamps Buyer's Guide
Posted on April 01, 2015 by Daniel Brielmaier | 0 comments
Buyer's Guides - Accent Lamps Buyer's Guide

Discover the secret your designer may not want you to know about: artwork looks 100% better with a little accent light focused on it. With the correct kind of lamp, what used to be an overlooked piece in your living area is transformed to become the central point. The subtle light that such lamps emit is perfect in highlighting key objects or focal areas in the room. 


Besides just providing a beam of focal light, accent lamps can also look pretty as decorative pieces. Most of them come with decorative details so they already serve as a piece of decor to add beauty to your space. You just have to pick the right one for you specific need and purpose and you should be good to go.

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Table Lamp Buyer's Guide
Posted on March 31, 2015 by Daniel Brielmaier | 0 comments
Buyer's Guides - Table Lamp Buyer's Guide
You probably appreciate the beauty of an exquisite table lamp in a friend's home, parade of homes, or art gallery. But you might not be certain what lamp will look great inside your home. Well, we have a few pointers to help you make a more informed choice.

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About full spectrum lighting
Posted on March 02, 2015 by Daniel Brielmaier | 0 comments
Buyer's Guides - About full spectrum lighting
Full Spectrum lighting attempts to emulate the beneficial wavelengths found in sunlight, which are necessary for peak health.

Technically speaking, Full Spectrum light covers the electromagnetic spectrum from infrared through near-ultraviolet, or all wavelengths that are useful to plant or animal life; in particular, sunlight is considered full spectrum, even though the solar spectral distribution reaching Earth varies with time of day, latitude, and atmospheric conditions.

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Lighting: The Next Generation
Posted on February 27, 2015 by Ed Lecciones | 0 comments
Buyer's Guides - Lighting: The Next Generation
Many people believe that at least some of the current environmental challenges are linked to energy use. Fossil fuels used to generate electricity are known to pollute the environment. Part of the solution to the problem may be found in the use of "green" or energy efficient lighting. Green lighting is good for the environment and easy on the wallet because the more energy saved, the less money is needed to pay for it. 

The choices of green lighting include artificial sunlight that can be used as a remedy for winter depression when the days are shorter. Another green lighting choice is full spectrum lighting which creates an effect similar to natural sunlight. Beyond that, Energy Star has predicted that if people in the U.S. were to trade five of their inefficient lamps with Energy Star approved lamps, greenhouse gases can be dramatically reduced. 

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How to Buy a Wall Sconce
Posted on December 07, 2014 by Daniel Brielmaier | 0 comments
Buyer's Guides - How to Buy a Wall Sconce
Wall Sconces offer a unique lighting quality that overhead and portable lighting can not offer. Sconces have a distinct aesthetic quality that instantly changes the atmosphere of any living space. Wall sconces come in a wide variety of styles for an array of lighting and décor needs. As such, you might need some help regarding how to buy a wall sconce. There are different kinds of materials wall sconces can be made from, brass, wood, and iron, are some of the more popular, although other materials are use too. Depending on several factors, you need to select the right sconce that will blend perfectly with the space you intend to decorate or illuminate.

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Crystal Clear Lamp
Posted on August 20, 2014 by Ed Lecciones | 0 comments
Buyer's Guides - Crystal Clear Lamp

Crystal Clear is popularly known for its fine detailing, excellent quality and designs. The designs also vary from traditional, modern and contemporary to suit personal tastes. They are considered as treasures of today and heirlooms of tomorrow.

Crystal Clear lamps were produced in a wide variety of types such as: table lamps, ceiling lamps, bathroom fixtures and floor lamps. Crystal Clear lamps usually have fabric lampshades with a solid metal base. The fabric lampshades offer an amazing variety of fabrics to choose from. The solid metal base also offers a wide variety of rich finishes that can suit the décor of your home.

The lampshades are also available in wide variety of shapes and colors such that they suit and enhance the environment you choose to place them.

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Full Spectrum Buyer's Guide
Posted on July 25, 2014 by Daniel Brielmaier | 0 comments
Buyer's Guides - Full Spectrum Buyer's Guide

Full Spectrum lamps harness the full range of UV light that the sun provides. Full spectrum lamps cast a clean and true light, and effectively emulates the sun. This is especially useful for those who benefit from this type of light. Artists, readers, craftspeople, or those who are unable to spend much time in natural sunlight benefit from balanced, full spectrum lamps

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Light Bulb Buying Guide
Posted on July 25, 2014 by Daniel Brielmaier | 0 comments
Buyer's Guides - Light Bulb Buying Guide
For optimal light output, you need to find the best bulb to get the job done. Fortunately today you have lots of great choices and bulb innovations are rampant. Over the next ten years, light bulbs will make a complete change. Today we have four main types of light bulbs, incandescent, halogen, fluorescent and L.E.D. (light emitting diode). 

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