In order to extend and direct light just a little further than a standard upright table lamp, the swing arm table lamp features an arm with a rotating hinge that provides it with full movement in any direction. In order to maintain balance the lamp is made with a heavy base compared to the top so that when the lamp is extended it does not become prone to tipping over.
Swing arm lamps are extremely attractive styles of lamps and are available in many traditional types of finishes, most notably antique brass. Other eye catching lamps are made from chrome, bronze or brushed nickel. Just about any metal finish is going to look particularly effective.
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In some cases it is possible to buy styles of swing arm table lamps with matching swing arm floor lamps available to place elsewhere in the room maintaining a consistent theme.
When set in the upright table lamp position the swing arm table lamp may look a little unusual due to the arm that just out to the side. However, in my opinion, this just adds to the lamp’s charm. With a stained glass lamp shade or a more sedate white fabric shade the lamp is an elegant and extremely versatile lighting fixture that will suit any style of table that it is set on.
Popular looks when it comes to buying one of these is to go with a bronze swing arm table lamp or a brass swing arm lamp. Both of these types of lamps showcase exactly how much beauty even the functional table lamps can exhibit. If you want to bring some of the past into your working space at home you could use an antique swing arm lamp as your main desk lamp.
During the retro era the swing arm table lamp was manufactured with designs that were largely in keeping with the styles of the time. In a good proportion of the lamps the design was faithful to the traditional lamps although licence was taken with the swing arms so that the occasional bold variation was incorporated.