Everything You Wanted to Know About Lamps

Welcome to Lamps 101! In this section, we will talk to you about a wide variety of topics, ranging from different styles of table lamps to the basics of track lighting. We are constantly adding new content to this section, so please come and visit us often!

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Table Lamps

Table Lamps

Table lamps can be used for general, task and accent lighting, and are portable to meet your changing needs. They come in all sorts of styles and sizes. Some examples of popular styles are Tiffany style lamps, mica lamps, wood lamps, and wrought iron lamps.


Tiffany Lamps

Tiffany Lamps

The focus of the Tiffany style lamps is in the shade that it employs. Made of hand-rolled stained glass, a tiffany shade will exhibit elegant colors when the lamp is lit. Some lines, seeds or bubbles may be visible in the glass. They are not defects but simply the nature and beauty of real stained glass. Because all hand rolled art glass has infinite subtle shadings, no two Tiffany lamps are identical and each one is truly unique. The cost of Tiffany lamps may vary significantly depending on the type of glass used and the level of detail a Tiffany shade has. Generally, the more panels and colors a Tiffany lamp has, the more costly it would be.

Tiffany lamps today come in mostly two styles: Victorian & Mission. Mission style, also known as “Frank Lloyd Wright”, “Arts & Crafts”, or “Craftsman”, is characterized by straight lines forming squares and rectangles. Mission style Tiffany lamps come with straight-edged stained-glass shades and bases. Mission style bases are usually in oak or metal castings. It is one of the most popular styles today.

Victorianna is usually perceived as a style with an abundance of curves, laces and embellishments. First popularized in the late nineteenth century to the early twentieth century, Victorian style lamps and lighting fixtures remain popular today, even in modern homes.

Browse our unique Tiffany Lamps section to see what we have to offer.


Mica Lamps


 Mica Lamp

First produced in the early twentieth century, around the same period as Tiffany lamps, mica lamps have regained their popularity around the turn of the century and have become one of the best selling lamp styles. Mica, a group of minerals easily separated into very thin leaves, varies in color from pale brown to yellow, green, or black; its transparent forms are used in mostly lamps and lanterns. When light shines through mica, it creates a mystic look that you just can’t take your eyes off. Made from mineral mica flakes, each of our mica shades from our mica lamps collection is unique with its variation of mineral deposit patterns and color tones. Here are our most popular mica table lamps and mica floor lamps. Enjoy the magic of mica!


Wood Lamps

Wood Lamp

Wood lamps are very popular with our customers, not only because of the lamps’ natural look, but the fact that they really lighten their surroundings and sooth the minds of observers. Combining different types of shades and lamp bodies, it can yield distinctive looks that will sit well with antique or modern settings. Look at our Wood Lamps section and you’ll see!


Wrought Iron Lamps

Wrought Iron Lamp

As the name suggests, the bodies of the lamps in this style are made of wrought iron bars and parts. Wrought iron lamps can come in infinite designs; they can be formed, bent, and wielded together to give the lamps distinct looks. Different types of finishes can also be applied to the wrought iron lamps. They are a great fit to a setting with light natural color background (tan, pearl white, cream, … and so forth). Browse our Wrought Iron Lamps section to see their variety.

Lamp Shades

Lamp Shades

Lamp shades today are not just a part of a lamp any more. Over the years, lamp shade designs have become more and more sophisticated and decorative. Today, there are literally tens of thousands of lamp shade designs out there. Shade material can range from paper, fabric, silk, glass, metal, or even beads! Other than all the different colors lamp shades may employ, some shades are decorated using paint, while others use different types of embellishments such as trims, beads, feathers, and patterned fabrics.

Some lamps go better with simple shades, others require exquisite shades to provide the right finish look. All lamps at Arcadian Lighting are designed with the “complete lamp” in mind; that is, the lamp body and the shade.

Please browse the wide variety of Lamps that we offer and feel free to drop us a line if you have any questions.

When choosing a table lamp, think about the light output in terms of lamp size, bulb usage and shade type, and choose the table lamp that matches your decor. Lamps that can use 150W 3-way bulbs will provide more light and make a large decorative statement in a room. Lamps that use lower wattage bulbs like 60W or below will produce a lovely accent light elsewhere. Table lamps should be combined with other types of general light in a large room to create a balanced effect.

Lamp Safety Recommendation 

For safety reasons, we highly recommend using strictly 3-way bulbs for lamps with 3-way switches. Contrary to popular belief, there is no established safety standards that are enforced by any organization for light bulbs. That is, if company A decides to make light bulbs today, they can just make them and sell to anyone who would buy their bulbs, without having to submit their bulbs to an organization like Underwriter’s Laboratory for testing and approval; there is no enforced standard on the dimension of the screw base of a bulb. Because of such, there is a higher potential of fire hazard when using a regular on/off light bulb with a 3-way switch, since the dimension of a light bulb screw base is unregulated. An on/off light bulb has a greater chance of its screw base improperly contacting the intermediate contact of a 3-way switch.

We hope this section was beneficial to you. Comments? Let us know in the comments below!

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