Product Type: Argos home lighting
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A Touching Pair of Beauties...
Argos Chrome Touch Table Lamps
Member Name: mojomojo
Argos Chrome Touch Table Lamps
Date: 03/01/12, updated on 16/01/12 (74 review reads)
Advantages: Exellent value for money, Touch technology, Perfect
Disadvantages: Lamp shade material a little thin
DECISION TO PURCHACE...
I had just finished decorating my bedroom and was looking for a pair of matching table lamps that were compatable with my decor, affordable, stylish and had something unique about them as i like things which are a little different. Affordability being the most important on my list of what i was looking for.
I did some research online and looked at many many different designs and stores but i was disappointed to find them all so expensive, then at last i came across these fine pair of matching table lamps from the colour match range at argos, a bonus them being touch activated (making them quite unique) i read through the information which was.....
Chrome Effect Stand
Various Colours- Natural, Lagoon Blue, Purple Fizz, Funky Fushia, Cream, Chocolate, Jet Black
Requires 2x 40w Golf Ball Bulb (not included)
I thought i would give these pair a shot, i liked that they came as a pair and cost only £14.99 which is very affordable, and i liked the idea of the touch controls what with me being a frequent bed time reader would mean i would not have to feel around whilst half asleep searching for the switch, i would just have to stretch out a sleepy arm and touch the base for complete darkness without trying to become comfy again after, although i was a little sceptical at this stage because of the low price i thought they must be something not right with them and surely they must be tacky and cheap in the flesh even though they looked lovely in the picture....
I went ahead and reserved a pair of Purple Fizz Colour Match Touch Table Lamps and i opted to buy the required light bulbs at an extra £2.49 for 4.
The lamps came packaged in a strong cardbord box which was quite small in size and very light to carry and also easy to open, some assembly was required which was a very easy attaching the bases to the lampshades and took a couple of seconds to do. The bases were a shiny chrome effect and very light in weight I was pleasantly surprised at the quality, although the material on the lampshades felt a little like paper and quite thin which at this stage was my only gripe and the shades could easily be replaced if need be.
I placed the bulbs in and plugged in each lamp at the socket and they both worked perfectly , i would have normally complained that the light bulbs were not included in with the lamps but the bargain price justifies the lack of bulbs being included, it is not clear on the description of the product information available but each lamp is independant and has its own cable and plug so can be used as a pair or single, the cable length is approx 1.2 meteres long which i found to be more than enough for use as bedside lamps.
The touch activation is quite sensitive and works brilliantly with the lightest of touch and has three levels of brightness with a dimmer effect of low, medium and high and this works by getting brighter with each touch of the base and each level of brightness gives off a lovely warm glow.
It does say in the discription that these lamps are not recommended for use with energy saving lightbulbs and i believe this is because using energy saving lightbulbs with touch activated lamps are not compatible and will cause a constant flicker.
Requires a 3amp fuse.
MY THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS...
I am very happy with my purchase and feel like i have got myself a real bargain with these, the exellent value for money is just fantastic as the lamps definitely look a lot more expensive than what they are, i mentioned my only gripe earlier about the material of the lampshade being very thin, i still feel this but once the lamps was set up and placed in their new home on the bed side tables you could not tell at all. They look fabulous and bring an element of glamour to the bedroom, very elegant, stylish, unique and practical.
I can easily read with the light on the lowest setting and it is lovely not to have to mess around trying to find a switch to turn it off.
I think these lamps would be of fantastic benefit for people with disabilities that restrict movement of joints and muscles, the elderly and the very young as there is no touching of any switches or sockets required, once these lamps are plugged in and switched on they can be entirely controlled via lightly touching the base of the lamp and this is a valuble feature of this product which makes it a lot better than most others on the market at the moment for affordability and practicality.
The only improvement i would make on this product would be to have a little more weight to the base of the lamps, they are so light that i do not think it would take much to knock them over however this has not happend to me so maybe i am being a little too picky but felt i had to mention it.
I would definitely highly recommend this product to friends, family and strangers alike, and i have done, in fact i have been that impressed by this product that i have bought myself another set and also bought a set as a gift for a friend who is un-steady with her hands, i thought she would benefit from the touch activation technology and she loves these as much as i do, i just wish i had bought them a lot sooner as i have no complaints at all, what a fantastic very practical, very effective, and most importantly very affordable bargain product which is now without a doubt the best light of my life.
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