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The history of how our homes have been lit over the past 400 years gives us a deeper appreciation of our ancestor’s lives and how interior design has advanced over time.

Candles and Oil Lamps
Through most of the 19th century, first candles and then oil lamps were the only means of extending the day beyond sunset. For the most part, candles or lamps had lampshades of glass, and sometimes paper.  The lampshades were mainly plain and functional to both soften and disperse the light.

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Although lampshades as we know them today began to appear in the 17th century, lampshades as a decorative concern became more popular in the late 19th century with the advent of electricity in the home.

Shades in Victorian Homes
Interior lighting was transformed when the first incandescent light bulb was produced in 1879.  Lampshades became more than just a functional part of the lamp used to disperse the light throughout a room and protected the eyes from glare. In Victorian times (1937-1901) lampshades took on an aesthetic dimension. Shades with ornate designs and beautiful beading, lace and fringe created a refined ambience in wealthy Victorian-era homes.

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Most notable, were the lampshades produced by Louis Comfort Tiffany.  Still today, Tiffany and Tiffany-style lamps and shades are admired worldwide.

Electricity Comes to Homes
In the early 20th century electric lighting became more popular in homes.  And because electric lights are very bright and harsh, the popularity of the lampshade only grew. 

Lampshades now come in all sorts of materials like fabric, glass, plastic and metal.  Shades can be found to fit whatever lighting or interior design need you may have.

At House of Andala Lamp Shoppe we can help you find the shade that not only best fits your lamp, but your personality and taste.  If you are looking to replace a lampshade or just want to give an old lamp a new look, we have a great assortment of styles, sizes and fabrics.  And, if we don’t have the lampshade you’re looking for in stock, we work with vendors that make the highest quality lampshades in the country.

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