What is a spider lamp shade? These are what we call the “arms” of the lamp shade that extend from the center, usually in an oval shape. Spider shades are what most people think of when they think about what a lampshade is. They allow for more light to come through than a standard circular or square shaped one would. The arms can be straight or curved and their placement on the circumference will determine how much light enters into your room. Let’s take a look at some other types!
What Is a Spider Lamp Shade?
So, what is meant by spider lamp shade? Spider lamp shades are most commonly for lamps that have a top rod like floor or table lamps. A spider is simply an X frame located at the top of the shade, and it is where the different parts of the lighting attach to the framework.
A spider lamp shade is a round circular attachment on the inside top rim of a lampshade. A spider can either be two or four arms that join into and continuous ring, or it may attach to the beam for stability.
How to Identify a Spider Lamp Shade?
To identify a spider lamp shade, look down at the top of the shade. A spider lamp shade will have a round washer piece that attaches to three arms resembling spiders.
How to Choose the Right Lamp Shade
Here are the four measurements you will need to take before buying a new lamp shade:
A. The top diameter
B. The bottom diameter
C. The vertical slant
D. The vertical height
What Are The Different Types of Lamp Shade Fittings?
What Is a Spider Lamp Shade?
A spider fitting is the most common type of lampfitting. Typically, the harp attaches to the base; then a spider fittings sits on top and screws into place with a decorative finial.
What Is a Slip Uno Lamp Shade?
Uno fittings are used on table lamps, bedside lamps, and swing-arm lamps. No harp is needed if the Uno fitting attaches directly to the lamp socket. Note: this type of shade is usually built into the design of a lamp and might not always be replaceable.
What is Clip On Fitting?
These fittings are found on small accent lamps and chandeliers. The wire fitting simply clips right onto the bulb. These fittings are generally recommended for low-wattage bulbs.
What Are Lamp Attachment Types?
Generally, what type of lamp attachment is most used in your home will depend on what kind of shade you prefer. There are three types of attachments:
Clamp arms attach to the top and bottom rim where they can be adjusted for height
The harp arm attaches directly to the light socket or ceiling plate with a hook at the top
The spring clip attaches to the lamp base and then bends over the shade’s edge at an angle. The shade can be adjusted up or down as needed for what you want your light source to illuminate.
What is the Benefit of A Spider Lamp Shade?
The benefits of the spider lamp shade are that it provides more light than a rectangular or square shaped shade would because the arms are what disperse and distribute the light.
, the owner of Orange Lighting qualified and worked as an interior designer in 1993 before specialising in lighting working on high profile projects based in London. Since starting Orange Lighting Ltd in 2003 he has been sharing his knowledge and unique teaching style mostly to his designer clients, offering practical real life advice born from running a busy consultancy and lighting supply business. Launching in 2020, his blog has evolved into Quick & Easy Lighting, curating some 25 years design experience into making the lighting choice and design process achievable and easy to understand for all.