Buffet Lamps (sometimes called console lamps, or candlestick lamps) are light fixtures that are tall. They usually stand 32 to 36 inches high, which is a measurement from their base to the top of the shade, or finial, if the lamp has one. Buffet lamps have a narrow base silhouette, often looking like a thin column or candlestick, with a smallish shade.
Buffet lamp shades often have base dimensions about 12 inches or less, which is the size of an accent lamp shade. Buffet lamps take a 75-watt bulb or less, depending on the width dimension of the shade which puts them in, or a little above the wattage used on an accent lamp. A pair of large shaded buffet lamps, with 150-watts of light between them can illuminate the same amount of space as one 150-watt table lamp.
Shorter versions of buffet lamps, which stand 24 to about 30 inches tall are also sometimes called candlestick lamps because of the candlestick shape of their base. The shorter styled candlestick-buffet lamps takes most often a 60-watt bulb. Candlestick lamps that stand 14, 18 or less than 24 inches, because of their shorter height should be considered an accent lamp.
Buffet lamps, as their name suggest, can be used on a buffet, some lowish chests, bedroom dressers, pedestals, hall console tables( credenza), and on sofa tables, etc. When interior decorating with buffet lamps, try to keep the combined height of the lamp and surface it is placed on in the 58 to 64 inch range. This is especially important if you use them in a room where you also have table and floor lamps. The reasoning for that is, you want the eye to move horizontally across the room from the top of one lamp shade to another without going up or down too much.
If you are using buffet lamps in, let’s say, a dining room, or front hall on a console table, where you have no other light fixtures (table lamp or floor lamp) to compare them to for height, it’s OK for them to be a bit taller. Just make sure they are not soo tall that you can look up into the bottom of the shade and see the exposed light bulb.
Finally, buffet lamps with transparent shades in colors like white, cream, beige, etc will emit light out through the shade, as well as down through the bottom and up through the top. Buffet lamps with dark toned shades in colors like black, burgundy, dark green, navy blue and metallic finishes will only direct light upward toward the ceiling, and downward toward the surface they are placed on.
So there you have it, a look at the three kinds of table placed lamps (accent, table and buffet), that you can work with when interior decorating your house. I hope that you try to incorporate all three styles of lamps into your home’s decor, because diversity of lamp styles provides visual interest in an environment. I now suggest that you start looking through interior decorating magazine to see how professional decorators have used the different light fixtures in the rooms they created.
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