“ Brand: BHS / Type: Table lamp „
I am rather fussy when it comes to table lamps in my living room. I like a certain look - if it's made from sleek, silver chrome then by and large I will like it. A few months ago I was shopping in BHS and spied several silver chrome lamps and decided I would buy a replacement for a broken Sainsbury's lamp in there - once the prices had come down from £60!
I had an unfortunate experience in BHS a couple of months ago and the store's Head Office very kindly sent me a £25 gift card after investigation by way of an apology. This arrived just after BHS had started to reduce the price of their chrome lamps so the Porto 5 light table lamp had been reduced to £42 - enabling me to get it for just £17 thanks to the gift card.
The Porto table lamp comprises of 5 chrome stems with clear and white glass "buds". The entire effect is of a bunch of flowers, and it was this look which drew me to the lamp in the first place. The lamp also has a slightly retro feel, reminding me of lightshades my parents had when I was very young.
The overall look is very sleek, with a circular chrome base.
The lamp requires five G4 10 watt pin bulbs. It is turned on by using a dial on a small console that sits beside the lamp. This is made from clear plastic, as is the wire which links this to the lamp and to the plug.
You shouldn't leave this lamp plugged in whilst not in use.
I am fairly easily pleased when it comes to table lamps - so long as they are silver and chrome and perhaps have a little white on the shade then it's generally what I am looking for.
The Porto light ticks all the boxes for me at an aesthetic level and I really do like how the designers have created a lamp which not only looks like a lamp and functions well as one but also shows exactly where their inspiration has come from.
Unlike similar lamps I have purchased in the past, this one doesn't require any assembly, which I have to say is a blessed relief as I can find this rather tricky. You just plug it in and use the knob on the control console which also enables you decide how strong you want the light to be when the lamp is on. You can increase and decrease the brightness by simply adjusting the knob on the console.
The lamp isn't the brightest I have - it sits on a small table beside a sofa in the corner of my living room and is perfect to add a little light for whoever is sitting there as darkness falls and I really like how I can adjust the amount of light as it gets darker.
The bulbs are easy to remove and replace - they are the pin style small G4 bulbs which you just pull out and then replace by pressing in to the two holes inside each shade. BHS recommend you don't use a bulb stronger than 10 watts, giving a total output of just 50 watts for the lamp.
Maintaining the lamp is easy too - whenever I spy a little dust I just wipe it down with a microcloth and that maintains the shine. BHS do say you shouldn't use abrasive cleaning items on the lamp so it's worth bearing this in mind.
It's worth mentioning that the lamp is quite fragile - when I bought it it didn't come in a box so it took the poor cashier some time to wrap it up in bubble wrap to ensure it didn't come to any harm on the journey back to my house. The shades are quite delicate and I suspect the stems could be knocked out of place if the lamp were handled roughly.
If you are looking for a pretty table lamp that looks a little different from the norm, then I can highly recommend the Porto. BHS have other items in the range, including wall lights if you wanted to use the Porto range throughout your living room but I am happy just to have this one table lamp.
I like the styling of the lamp, the ease of use and the way it enables me to adjust how bright the light is coming from it. Although I originally baulked at the full price of £60 now I have the lamp in my possession I probably would pay that if I found myself in need of another one, so much do I like it.
The Porto lamp is stylish, easy to use and maintain and is versatile to use too and would look lovely in any living room.