Product Type: Argos home lighting
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Argos Value Range Paper Shades
Member Name: dawnmarywhite
Argos Value Range Paper Shades
Advantages: Bargain, very attractive
Disadvantages: Quite fragile
I bought this set of three paper lampshades for £4.99 back in 2005. We had just moved into a rented furnished cottage in Oxford and I badly wanted to change the questionable green lampshades that were already there! Since the house was rather dinky, I only needed three - living room, hall and bedroom. The rest of the rooms had flush ceiling light fittings. Flicking through the Laminated Book of Dreams (i.e. the Argos catalogue) I was chuffed to see this set for that price and on the shopping list they went.
Something that's not particularly obvious from the picture, is that each one is actually a different colour - the round one is cream, the rectangular one is blue and the triangular one is pink. The colours are very pale though so can easily be blended into most colour schemes. They obviously can't take any real cleaning, but I found all they needed was a regular gentle dust with a feather duster.
They come flatpacked like a concertina, and all you do is remove their plastic sleeves and pull them out. They attach to your light fitting by simply clipping over the cable. The paper is very thin and feels really fragile but being as they spend their life high up on the ceiling, this shouldn't be an issue - just be careful you don't stick your finger through them when unpacking and putting them up! Due to this I was unable to use them again after moving out of that house, but they had been up for 3 years so I didn't complain! They would have been absolutely fine for longer and I would have just left them up if we weren't leaving. I did often catch the bedroom one when I was changing the bedding; I would whip the duvet around, sending the lampshade battering against the ceiling but it never broke or bent, it only had a few small tears that were invisible unless you knew they were there.
I really like paper lampshades, I think they are very pretty and when the light is switched on it shines through ever so slightly tinged with the colour of the shade. They should not be used with high wattage bulbs for safety reasons, but I used them with energy savers with no problems. Due to their shape, it's no problem to easily hide bulky energy saving bulbs which is a plus!
Overall, I would definitely recommend these. They are a serious bargain and perfect if you want to cheer up a rental, or even just fancy a change in your house. At that price you barely need an excuse. Sure, the quality isn't out of this world, but once you get them up you don't need to touch them again until you're taking them down. They don't look low quality when they're up either and are so easy to fit.
They really cheered up my rented cottage, and I would buy them again. I'm very glad I got them, that only left the awful matching green curtains to change. God bless Primark!
Summary: A makeover for a fiver?