“ Brand: Argos / Type: Table Lamp „
There are some things that I am incredibly fussy about, and bizarrely, one of those things is table lamps! I have lived in this property for seven years, and during that time have been searching for the perfect table lamp to go in the corner of my front room. I'm so fussy about what I want however, that I've never been able to find the elusive 'perfect lamp'. I was using an old lamp of my mothers, whilst I searched for the aforementioned perfect lamp, but when it broke, I needed something to replace it. As I still couldn't find the lamp of my dreams (haha!), I decided to find something cheap to use in the meantime. I spotted this in the Argos catalogue and although I reckon it was probably intended to be a bedside lamp rather than a living room one, it was very cheap and came in a dark brown colour, which matched the décor at the time, so I decided that it would do.
The lamp is part of Argos' colour match range. I only learned recently what this actually is - a range of products throughout the catalogue all in different colours, so if you are decorating one room you can choose accessories in colours that match each other. I bought my lamp in chocolate brown, but other colours available are purple, cream, turquoise/blue, black and red. A tall floor lamp is also available in the same design.
The lamp has a chrome effect base, with a very thin stick-like stem (sorry, if it has a proper name I can't think of it), and a fabric shade. The lamp does look very basic, but the simple design hopefully means that it is versatile enough to fit in with any décor. When you first get the lamp you do have to screw the stem onto the base, but this is very simple and takes a matter of minutes, then when it's done it's done, there should be no need to take it apart again. The base has a good weight to it, and although it looks rather narrow (it's 12.5cm across), I have found that it is sturdy. A previous lamp I owned, had a very narrow base and as such I found it was prone to tipping up, especially if I leant across it for any reason, but in the seven or eight months that I have owned this one, I don't recall it ever tipping. The lamp is 39cm high, so not the tallest, and that's why I feel it is probably best suited for use as a bedside lamp.
The bulb the lamp takes is a 40w SES golf ball bulb which is not included, but can be purchased from Argos, and the product description on the website says the lamp is suitable for use with low energy bulbs. When switching the lamp on, I find that for the first 30 seconds or so the bulb glows red and there is very little light from the lamp. It seems that it takes a little while to 'warm up', but after a couple of minutes, I eventually get a light that is bright enough to light up the room and it's bright enough so that I can read a book without straining my eyes. In eight months, I have never had to change the bulb, despite the lamp being used several times a week for long periods of time.
The wire on the lamp is black and there is a switch located on the wire, which I find easy to press. I have to admit, I rarely use the switch due to the position I have placed the lamp in, however, I do acknowledge it would be useful if you were using this as a bedside lamp.
The shade is a good quality thick fabric, and is easy to clean. I usually just put the brush attachment on my vacuum cleaner, and gently brush over it now and then. The base is also easy to clean, I usually just dust it with a soft cloth, although occasionally I have used cleaning wipes and it has always come up nicely with no streaks left on the shiny base.
This lamp costs just £7.99 from Argos, which I feel is excellent value for money.
Overall, I'm quite pleased with this lamp. In terms of design and appearance it may be rather basic, however it functions well, which was my main concern, and when I finally get round to decorating my bedroom, I may be tempted to purchase one in another colour to go on the bedside table.