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Buying The Perfect Banker Lamp

By Christian Suitt

What do you think of when someone says antique lamps? You probably see the image of an ornate chandelier, or even a soft glow from a Victorian oil lamp, or even a candelabrum. And you would be at least partially correct in thinking this. However, there was electricity in the past due 1800s, and a broad variety of electric lamps (also known as incandescent lamps) were made open to the public. Some of these lamps still exist today and are quite potentially still helpful.

Among antique electric lamps still found today, one of the lovelier and really functional is the bankers lamp. Made with a brass post, and generally featuring a green or blue lamp shade these provide hot, soft, yet bright direct lighting. Many replica pieces are found in green, but apparently azure was a much more common shade 100 years ago. Bankers lamps were wired to work with the available current of the 1800s, but modern electricity has required many of these to be updated or restored.

Bankers lamps are still quite popular today and highly sought after by collectors, students, executives or anyone that works at a desk for any length of time. Because of their continued popularity, these lamps are somewhat high in price, which is something for potential collectors to bear in mind.

If you are looking for an bankers lamp you should decide whether you want functional or decorative. If you’re going to be working at your desk a great deal, and you want an bankers lamp that works, check it carefully to be sure where that the wiring switches and sockets are safe to use.

A lamp with defective wiring can be deadly, as it can lead to an electrical fire. The land must have wiring that’s UL listed. Take your bankers lamp to a qualified electrician for repair, brand new wiring, or installation of new hardware. It should be noted that replacing the original wiring on an bankers lamp will lower the value but if you really intend to use the lamp, there is no choice. However, if the bankers lamp will only be used for strictly decorative purposes, the original wiring can be left intact, even if it is deteriorated and unsafe.

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