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Weighing The Benefits Of The Cylinder and Cone Gas Shades

By Gaston Martine

One of the ways to add some real style to home decor is through the use of glass lamp shades. Unlike fabrics, glass permits a lot more light, colors it and recasts it with a glitter. The paragon of such shades may be the Tiffany lamp shades, made famous at the turn of the last century after the development of gas shades through the efforts of its creator Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Deciding on using a glass lamp shade is but the first of many steps. There are quite a large number of styles, colors and sizes to pick. The choice is complicated by the fact that there are different names for each style, not always consistent between the retailers and manufacturers. Even if the name of the style is well-established, it can prove maddeningly confusing. One example is the student lamp shade. It has a round, large base that tapers off into a cylinder. How can a buyer know that by its name?

This article will ignore such problems by focusing the reader’s attention onto just two shades: the cylinder and the cone. These two are good representatives of the most widely used.

The cone lamp shade is characterized by a conical shape. The cone can have two orientations with respect to the fixture or the light bulb. The cone can align with the direction of light bulb projection, for standing torchiere styles or hanging lamps. The cone can also align against the light bulb and fixture, in the case of table or small desk lamps. There are also one more aspect to the cone. The ratio of the large diameter to the height dictates how ‘conical’ it looks. Narrow cones can look somewhat cylindrical, and wide cones diffuse the light over a wider area.

In contrast, the cylinder lamp shades have a fixed diameter. The diameter can vary from 6 to 12 inches also. The feeling conveyed by the wide one is quite different from the narrow one. The wider diameter cylindrical shape look largely old-fashioned, perhaps belonging to a traditional hotel or found in a classic home. Some of this can be offset by design. The narrow cylinder has a largely contemporary feel.

Shades made from fabrics often have designs or patterning that can be chosen to fit the other elements of one’s home decor. Glass shades are no exception. Coloring as well as patterning by color elements add tremendously to the value of a shade. Stained glass styles are but one example.

One may always be able to tell the difference between a cone and a cylinder shade. For example, supposing the cylinder is quite narrow or the cone has minimal difference between the wide and narrow ends, then the two types are quite similar looking. Despite this, an advantage of that the cone has is that it’s better at reflecting and diffusing the light around the room.

The writings supplied for glass lamp shade will be useful to many. Readers wishing to know more can head over to learn about torchiere lamp shades.

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