Product Type: Argos home lighting
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A cheap and cheerful uplighter, but not very steady on its feet...
Argos Value Floor Standing Uplighter
Member Name: litangmu
Argos Value Floor Standing Uplighter
Advantages: low price, long power cord, compact base, attractive colour
Disadvantages: heavy base, prone to tipping over, plastic lampshade, in-line cable difficult to install
Always desperate for more 'light in my life' and certain that I wasn't going to get it from the weather during a particularly dreary winter, I felt the need for some illumination - illumination that came as cheaply as possible. Off to Argos I thence galloped, only to find this upstanding uplighting gem for the princely sum of £5.99! Lets pop the specifications down and go through them for your benefit and perhaps entertainment.
Silver finish with a white shade.
That much is certainly true! A very metallic, dull finish which is fairly resistant to scratching. In case you were thinking the lamp comes assembled - it doesn't. And the pole is not in one piece. Five separate pieces need to be screwed together, and meanwhile part of the power cable needs to be neatly aligned so as to avoid pulling and fraying. The poles in themselves are sturdy enough, but a good knock and I think this lamp would be fit for the skip. I'm sure Newton's laws apply here somewhere, but with such a tall and thin pole connected only by a small screw-on connection to a mightily heavy base, the lamp is fairly prone to tipping over. Have this lamp tip over and fall onto something with resistance (oh I don't know, say a coffee table) and you will successfully dent your pole. The same 'attractive on the outside, not durable on the inside) theme follows to the plastic light shade. From a distance, it does look nice, but it is undeniably cheap and again won't take knocks or falls very well.
This is a very reasonable size for a lamp, and it means that with the generous power cord provided, you will be able to stick this in one of the many nooks and crannies of your home that could do with a bit of illumination. If you were to find the lamp too tall, you could of course remove one of the poles from the assembly and thenceforth create a shorter lamp. It's an option - I'm not sure if you'd want to do this mind!
I do like the way this is phrased. Cheap, plastic clips are provided to keep the cable 'in line'. If you pull on the power cord, or move the lamp, then your precious time spent making the cable look nice, neat, and parallel to the pole will be wasted. It is still a conspicuous feature of the lamp, but a very essential one at that. It is a simple, black plastic on/off switch that does the very job it was intended to do.
Suitable for use with low energy bulbs.
Bulbs required 1 x 12W ES GLS or 1 x 60W ES GLS (not included).
Very rarely will Argos provide you with batteries/bulbs, and this is no exception. Be warned that ES stands for (Edison Screw), so don't go buying a bayonet cap bulb for this lamp. Take note of 'GLS' - I am still at a loss as to what this stands for, but it means the 'thin' variety of ES. You will be sorely frustrated and annoyed if you come home to find you've bought the wrong type of bulb! A maximum of 60W or 60W equivalent is a little less than I would have hoped for, but I have in the past put in different coloured bulbs (when I could find them) for certain occasions and it really has looked 'out of this world!'
All in all, a very reasonably priced lamp that is a bit 'rough round the edges', but will make a very attractive and practical addition to any home.
Summary: This lamp will fit in almost any home, and will suit any budget - but budget is the mot juste...
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