Product Type: Argos home lighting
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Argos Touch Lamps
Argos Chrome Touch Table Lamps
Member Name: rji0907
Argos Chrome Touch Table Lamps
Advantages: Well priced, look nice, touch feature is handy
Disadvantages: None for me
When we decorated our bedroom a few months ago, I wanted a pair of lamps for our bedroom table. The only stipulations I had were that they had to be matching, not too big as I didn't want them to take up too much of the table and not too expensive.
I found exactly what I was looking for in the Argos catalogue. They do a matching pair of table lamps for just £14.99 which I thought was good value for money. On top of this they were touch lamps which I was quite impressed with.
The lamps themselves had a chrome base with a rounded fabric shade. The shade is available in a number of colours including cream, chocolate, black, berry and purple so there is a shade to suit most decors.
I got them home and I have to say I was quite impressed with the look of them. For the price I paid, I was a little concerned that they might be a little cheap and flimsy looking but they were actually quite stylish. The chrome base really sets them off and the shade itself is well made and sturdy.
The bulbs for the lamps aren't included in the box but you just need a standard 40w SES gold ball type bulb for each lamp which are nice and cheap and available from stores such as B&Q and Homebase. Argos themselves do them too if you wish.
The actual dimensions of the lamps are H35cm x W16cm x D16cm so they fit nicely onto a standard sized bedside table without taking up the whole table so you still have room for other stuff. The lamps are really handy being touch lamps as you don't have to fiddle around in the night trying to find the lamp switch. You simply have to lightly touch any part of the base of the lamp and it turns the lamp on. There are three different light intensities which is nice so you can have the lamps as dim or as bright as you wish. You change the intensity by simply touching the lamp until it reaches the brightness you require. To turn the lamp off you simply touch it again.
The lead is a decent size so will reach to the nearest plug without you having to re-arrange your furniture to accommodate the lamp and cleaning the lamp is easy. A damp cloth is good enough to clean the base and a simple dust off of the shade itself is ample enough to make the lamp look as good as new again.
I find the touch aspect of these lamps very useful, especially in the middle of the night but a lamp such as this could be an essential item for the less abled as it takes very little effort to turn the lamp on and they too won't have to struggle to fiddle around to turn their lamp on and as you have different intensities, the sudden light won't blind you as soon as you turn it on as it would with a standard lamp as the first stage is the dullest and you work up to the brightest by touching the lamp again.
Overall, considering how cheap these lamps were, I didn't have particularly high hopes for them but they have actually turned out to be a very reasonable purchase indeed. They are reasonable priced, work well and look good on your bedside table. The different lighting intensities are great as you can have a brighter light to enable you to move around the room safely, or a duller light to help you read at night before you fall asleep which is nice as it creates a nice ambience.
Touch lamps are really handy, though I did wonder if the idea would come off in practice or if it would work properly, but so far (touch wood!), my lamps have never failed me. I have owned these lamps for a good few months now and haven't had to change the bulb in either lamp yet which is great and they are used on a nightly basis.
In summary, there is nothing negative I can really say about these touch lamps and therefore they come with a recommendation from me.
Summary: A good pair of lamps from Argos