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Friday, June 29, 2012

Replacement Lampshade Parts: What You Need to Know

Many online sites are available to search for replacement lampshades. Lampshades have a variety of measurements that are used to find the right size, though, when shopping for a replacement to use in your home, an easy trick is to measure the old lampshade with a ruler or a tape measure. You may need to remove the old lampshade from the lamp in order to take the proper measurements.

When you need to obtain four measurements from the old lamp shade, measure across the top and make a note of the diameter and then measure across the bottom. A measurement of the vertical length is also needed. Match these measurements with a replacement shade if you are looking for one that is the same size.

Another feature of replacement lampshades is the shade fitter, which is the part that is used to secure the shade. Your lamp will have one of three basic fitter types, which include the spider, the UNO, and the clip-on shade. Many sizes and shapes of shades can be found to fit most types of lamps that are used in your home. You have options for choosing a different color and style for the shade to update that look of any room in your home.

One of the most common fitters found on lampshades is a spider with harp style, which is often used on floor and table shades. Most lamps that you find online will include the correct size harp. An UNO fitter is often for a small table lamp and does not require a harp. The fitting on the shade is permanent and connects to the socket on the lamp. A clip-on fitting attaches directly onto a lamp and does not require any extra hardware.

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