Product Type: Argos home lighting
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Light up your room for peanuts
Argos Value Floor Standing Uplighter
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Argos Value Floor Standing Uplighter
Advantages: Don't look as cheap as they are
Disadvantages: Stand a little squint
This is another one of my recent Argos purchases. The lamp is available on its own or in a twin pack. The single lamp costs £4.89 and the twin pack £9.29. I went for the twin pack - to be honest I didn't really need two lamps, but for that price I couldn't resist!
Having reserved it online, I went to collect the lamps from Argos. I was a little concerned about how they would be packaged and how I would manage on the bus, but I had nothing to worry about. The lamps are packed in a neat little box which fit easily into an Argos carrier bag and was no problem to carry home.
When I unpacked the box, as expected from the size the lamps were in a number of pieces. There were 6 screw together parts for the pole, the base and the lampshade. The instructions were very easy to follow and no tools were required. The pole screws together easily and the lamp part is already in place on the top piece of the pole. The pole then screws into the base.
I was pleasantly surprised at the weight of the base, I had thought this might be compromised at the price but it is a good weight and has good balance.
The lampshade is white opaque plastic, and for the price you can't expect more! Once on you can't really tell it is plastic, and it doesn't look cheap. The cable runs down the outside of the pole, I would prefer if it was inside and came out of the bottom but it's fine like this. There is a switch on the cable for switching the lamp on and off.
The lamps don't stand entirely straight. I'm not sure if this is due to the fact that the pole is made of six pieces or if the floor is not completely level, but I did try them in a few places before deciding where to place them and they were a little squint all round the room. I don't mind, after all I paid less than a tenner for them so I can't expect perfection!
Overall I'm happy with my lamps. They were cheap, they look fine and they light up well (they take max 60 watt screw in bulbs, but I have energy saving ones in). I wasn't too bothered about aesthetics, I just wanted an alternative to having the ceiling light on, and that's what I've got.
If you want lamps which match your room and aren't just basic ones for lighting purposes, these probably aren't the ones for you. But they do the job and I don't think they look like they're worth less than £5 each!
Summary: Lamps which do the job they're meant for - light up the room
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