Table Lamps Buying Guide

As a spot-on option for both task and accent lighting, table lamps can’t be beat. But how do you choose from among all of the table lamp possibilities? This guide helps you sort through the options.

Types of Table Lamps

Types of Table Lamps

The explosion of personal-oriented home decorating as well as new crafting techniques means an even bigger selection in styles and materials for table lamps. For example, a contemporary fixture—once found mostly in metal—can now be sculpted from wood, while transitional-style table lamps are available in everything from glass to metal. Here’s a short guide on glass or Tiffany, wrought iron or metal, desk, movable, wood, or other materials for table lamps.

Glass, Crystal, or Tiffany

Typically used in traditional-style settings glass, crystal or Tiffany table lamps provide a lot of decorating diversity. Based on their glass composition, the lamps also may filter sunlight through the shade.

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Warehouse of Tiffany
$58.49

Made of metal and glass with a bronze finish and a purple glass shade, this stunning lighting fixture is just what your home needs... for a brighter look. This 3-light table lamp adds stylish lighting to any room. Illuminate your space with this Eliana... read more

River of Goods
$289.99 $246.49

Inspired by the Tiffany classic, The Pond Lily. This lamp is absolutely majestic and will be an amazing addition to your home. The... shade is crafted with 1,008 pieces of intricately hand cut glass and features a floral motif in bold shades of blue,... read more

River of Goods
$199.99 $169.99

This Edwardian Hearts table lampe features a tri-petal and floral motif with over 500 glass cuts and hand-poured cabochons. This T...iffany Style table lamp is both floral and geometrical, enhancing your unique and classic style. Place this lamp in any... read more

Wrought Iron or Metal

Many table lamps are also made of wrought iron or metal, although neither material limits a lamp’s style. Stainless steel is a natural material choice for more modern fixtures, while classic styles incorporate wrought iron.

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Franklin Iron Works
$149.99

The best Tiffany-style lamps are the ones that infuse your space with artful design and classic character. This Tiffany-style shad...e features the geometric patterns and subtle colors found in Arts and Crafts designs. Bold wrought iron bronze finish base with soft gold edging. Twin on-off light pulls. From Franklin Iron Works™. read more

Franklin Iron Works
$99.99

This rustic table lamp has a warm and inspiring style. It features a wrought iron look with a rust finish and parchment shade.

Currey and Company
$490.00

This blacksmith finish, wrought iron lamp, by Currey and Company, has a striking design. It features a slim stand topped by a chic..., off-white poplin shade. It has a style and simplicity that will complement most decor. read more

Currey and Company
$490.00

This blacksmith finish, wrought iron lamp, by Currey and Company, has a striking design. It features a slim stand topped by a chic..., off-white poplin shade. It has a style and simplicity that will complement most decor. read more

Wood

Typically used for table lamp bases, wood can be crafted in a range of styles.

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Uttermost
$316.80

This rustic sitka wood table lamp from Uttermost is made from distressed mahogany wood and aged black finished metal. The rectangl...e box shade is made from natural mica with aged black trim. Setting: Indoor Fixture finish: Aged black, distressed... read more

$113.49

24 inch Wood Table Lamp will bring a touch of the forest into any room with its inviting natural wood finish. The unique wooden ac...cent shapes were made to compliment your favorite decor as well as become an instant conversation piece. Lamp comes... read more

$106.49

32 inch Resin Table Lamp will bring a touch of nature into any room. Add a sense of style that will easily compliment your decor w...hile providing a conversation piece with this unique Brown Wood finish lamp! Light comes complete with matching designer... read more

$94.99

30 inch Resin Table Lamp will bring a touch of nature into any room. Add a sense of style that will easily compliment your decor w...hile providing a conversation piece with this unique wood finish lamp! Light comes complete with matching designer shade... read more

Desk

Desk table lamps are generally sized in order to sit on a desk and provide adequate lighting for work-oriented tasks, such as typing or writing.

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Adesso
$99.99

Find Freestanding Lamps at Target.com! The architect desk lamp from Adesso is a stylish addition to any room. It's made of metal w...ith a satin steel finish and a pleated cotton shade that adds a classic touch. This table lamp has a sturdy steel base that allows the lamp to swivel a full 360°. The center joint and coil springs offer easy height adjustments up to 33. This metal table lamp is electric powered and has a touch-sensor switch. Some assembly required. Gender: Unisex. read more

Lite Source
$214.50 $149.00

Lite Source LIS-LS-22490C Hagan Chrome Led Desk/Table Lamp. Lighting > Desk Lamps. Assembly required., This modern LED desk lam...p showcases a chrome finished all metal body., A brilliant LED panel saves energy while allowing for maximum illumination for... read more

Lite Source
$154.50 $109.00

Lite Source LIS-LS-22488BLK Kairi Black Led Desk/Table Lamp. Lighting > Desk Lamps. Assembly required., The all metal construct...ion of the Kairi table lamp houses an 8 watt LED panel which utilizes the latest in LED technology, offering an energy saving... read more

Lite Source
$84.00 $62.00

Lite Source LIS-LS-22339C Biagio Chrome Led Desk/Table Lamp. Lighting > Desk Lamps. Assembly required., Stylish design as well ...as long lasting durability., The Biagio LED desk lamp features an energy efficient LED light bulb and gooseneck versatility.,... read more

Movable or Adjustable

Table lamps may be stationary, or they may be adjustable with a base that moves up or down or an arm that swings to different positions.

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Somette
$137.49

With steampunk panache and modern technology, Bombay brings you their distinct table lamp. Crafted from metal in a matte black fin...ish, their lamp is a true homage to Victorian industrialism. With a height of 33 inches, this lamp is perfect for your end... read more

Design Craft
$56.99 $51.29

Clean and unobtrusive in its minimalist appearance. Belew is an excellent table or desk reading lamp with its unique bulb and head... design offers a large area of light. Setting: Indoor Fixture finish: Brushed Steel On/off Line Switch Number of lights:... read more

Z-Lite
$198.00

Flexible and adjustable, this Stuart table lamp makes for a great reading light. Finished in bronze, this lamp is perfectly suited... to any decor. Finish: Olde bronze Shade: Olde bronze/ steel Materials: Steel Adjustable Number of bulbs: One (1)... read more

Z-Lite
$232.00

Flexible and adjustable, this Stuart table lamp makes for a great reading light. Finished in either a burnished silver or bronze, ...this lamp is perfectly suited to any decor. Finish: Burnished silver or olde bronze Shade: Burnished silver/ steel, olde... read more

Other Materials

Inventiveness and personality-driven decorating equals table lamps that are crafted from a range of materials—everything from seashells to framed photographs.

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Rooms To Go
$99.99

The beautiful look of the Spiral Atom table lamp will add an intriguing point of interest to any room. Simply standing at a differ...ent point of reference will change the way the lamp looks, as the spirals and curls are uniquely arranged. Constructed of metal and topped with an off-white tapered drum shade, the bronzed finish lends the finishing touch. This lamp can accommodate a maximum 100 watt bulb. read more

Rooms To Go
$99.99

The chocolate bronze base of the Loris table lamp makes it a handsome addition to any room. Made of hydrocal, a camel tweed drum s...hade tops this contemporary piece. It takes one three way bulb with a maximum wattage of 150. read more

Dynamic Way
$129.99

DYWA1046 Features Serena d'italia collection Number of lights: 1 Base finish: Bronze Shade has a rich color of dark blue and orang...ish yellow with red dragonfly motifs and jeweled accents 2 On/off and pull chains offers ease of use Colors on the shade... read more

Stylecraft Home Collection
$190.00 $129.00

Each with CFL Bulb price shown. Displaying items found in the sea, the Cape Coral Coastal Table Lamp features an ivory stacked sca...llop shell, sea biscuit, and starfish. All resin sea treasures rest on a metal pole and are mounted on a weathered sand... read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Table lamps can range from fairly inexpensive swing-arm desk lamps to more-expensive stainless-steel inventions. But no matter the size and type you choose, you’ll need to review some of the same purchase considerations. Lampshade choice is important, as is style and light source. Upkeep should also be evaluated as should the switch that controls the table lamp. Take a look at these options to make the best buy for your needs and budget.

Lampshade

The shade for your table lamp is an important consideration. It should complement the design of the table lamp base. Take a look at how it is attached to the lamp; if you ever need to replace the shade, the fitting will be important to review.

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Home Decorators Collection
$36.00 $32.00

Bell Lamp Shade - Try Switching Out Table Lamp Shades For A Quick New Look - Classic Good Looks And Traditional Elegance Make Our ...Bell Lamp Shade A Great Way To Freshen Up Your Favorite Lamps. Available In An Array Of Colors, Our Bell Table Lamp Shades... read more

Home Decorators Collection
$47.00 $42.00

Tapered Drum Lamp Shade - Update Your Table Lamp Shades With A New Shape - Be Surprised By How New Our Distinctive Tapered Drum Ta...ble Lamp Shade Will Make Your Favorite Lamp Look. Available In A Wide Variety Of Colors, This Table Lamp Shade Puts... read more

Home Decorators Collection
$39.00 $35.00

Tapered Drum Lamp Shade - Update Your Table Lamp Shades With A New Shape - Be Surprised By How New Our Distinctive Tapered Drum Ta...ble Lamp Shade Will Make Your Favorite Lamp Look. Available In A Wide Variety Of Colors, This Table Lamp Shade Puts... read more

Home Decorators Collection
$55.00 $49.00

Tapered Drum Lamp Shade - Update Your Table Lamp Shades With A New Shape - Be Surprised By How New Our Distinctive Tapered Drum Ta...ble Lamp Shade Will Make Your Favorite Lamp Look. Available In A Wide Variety Of Colors, This Table Lamp Shade Puts... read more

Style

Your table lamp often takes center stage on a table or desk. Consider its style, profile, shapes, and colors. Use your selection to accent a pattern or tie together complementary colors.

Light Source

Some table lamps require specialized lightbulbs, while others enable you to swap out typical incandescents for more environment-friendly fluorescents. Take a look at the bulb requirements before you make a purchase.

Upkeep

Table lamps have to be regularly cleaned; review care instructions to make sure of your choice.

Switch

Some table lamps have either a three-position switch or a dimmer switch, which increases their flexibility and provides adjustable lighting options based on need.

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Stylecraft Home Collection
$190.00 $129.00

Each with CFL Bulb price shown. Displaying items found in the sea, the Cape Coral Coastal Table Lamp features an ivory stacked sca...llop shell, sea biscuit, and starfish. All resin sea treasures rest on a metal pole and are mounted on a weathered sand... read more

Elegant Designs
$79.99 $58.61

This Elegant Designs Prismatic Crystal Sequin and Chrome Table Lamp features beautiful prismatic crystals, a soft white colored sh...ade and a flawless chrome finish. The whimsical crystals on the stem lend an effervescent feel, while the square base and... read more

Home Decorators Collection
$74.00 $66.00

Kittens In Basket Table Lamp - Be Smitten By These Table Lamp Kittens - Requiring Only Affection, These Kittens Are Part Of The Ba...se Feature Of Our Kittens In Basket Table Lamp In Distressed Brown Finish. Use This Decorative Lamp As A Bedside Lamp Or... read more

Home Decorators Collection
$145.00 $130.00

Maribel Table Lamp - See-Worthy Style Wraps Up This Glass Table Lamp - Light Up A Favorite Room In Your Home Or Cottage With Our M...aribel Table Lamp. This Nautical Table Lamp Boasts A Clear Glass Jar Base Wrapped In Rope Netting. A Natural Burlap Shade... read more

Home Decorators Collection
$109.00 $98.00

Pineapple Table Lamp - A Pineapple Lamp Is A Welcome Addition - With A Design Incorporating The Universal Symbol Of Hospitality, O...ur Pineapple Table Lamp Will Be Well Received In Your Home. Golden Accents Set Off The Symmetrical Pineapple Shape, While... read more

Kovacs
$1,185.00 $829.50

Single Light Accent Table Lamp from the Soft Collection Features: Clear / Tangerine Frost glass shade Designed to cast a soft ambi...ent light over a wide area Suitable for dry locations Lamping Technologies: Bulb Base - Medium (E27): The E27 (Edison 27mm), Edison Screw (ES). The standard in countries that use 220–240 volts AC domestic power, the E27 are the most common screw-mount size. Compatible Bulb Types: Nearly all bulb types can be found for the E26 Medium Base, options include Incandescent, Fluorescent, LED, Halogen, and Xenon / Krypton. Specifications: Base Style: Pedestal Bulb Base: Medium (E26) Bulb Included: No Bulb Type: Compact Fluorescent, Incandescent Energy Star: No Height: 18" Lamp Base Material: Metal Location Rating: Dry Location Number of Bulbs: 1 Shade Material: Glass Switch Location: In Line Switch Switch Type: On / Off Voltage: 120v Wattage: 100 Watts Per Bulb: 100 Width: 16" (measured from furthest point left to furthest point right on fixture) Since 1954, George Kovacs has been at the forefront of developing the modern and contemporary design concept. These bold ideas have been conceived, then incorporated, into visionary lighting designs. They have become the favorites of today and the bold trendsetting styles of the future. Kovacs lighting fixtures cover the array of indoor lighting including: chandeliers, pendants, wall sconces, lamps, track and under cabinet lighting. Experience for yourself the visionary legacy of George Kovacs in the choice of floor, table, or desk lamps in your own home. read more

Meyda Tiffany
$876.00 $642.40

21.5" H Moose At Sunset Table Lamp An Moose Wanders By A Lake In The Woods On This Nature Inspired Etched Brass Lamp Shade. The La...mp Is Finished In Mahogany Bronze With Stormy Orange Glass 1 100w max medium base bulb (Not Included) read more

Meyda Tiffany
$975.00 $715.00

21.5" H Bear On Lake Filigree Table Lamp The Metal Filigree Pattern Of A Bear Along A Rivers Edge Is Brought To Life By The Additi...on Of A Stained Glass Back Ground In River Blue and Grass Green Against a Dark Mahogany Bronze Finish 1 100w max medium base bulb (Not Included) read more

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