“ Brand: Argos / Type: Floor Lamp „
About five years ago when I first moved to Leeds I purchased this lamp as the spot lights in our living room were quite harsh and I wanted something a bit softer. Because I lived in a shared house I didn't want to spend a fortune on a lamp that would get trashed or ruined so I purchased this one (I believe it was about £5 at the time).
***The lamp itself***
Once you have been through the standard Argos buying process you are given a flat pack box which I have to say despite being quite tall when made up I found the box easy enough to transport back home on the bus.
The lamp comes with a cone shaped uplighter and three separate pole pieces which get screwed together to form the main body of the lamp as well as a base and cord. The lamp is easy to assemble and you don't need any special tools to assemble it and in fact I had put it together within about three minutes which is good - however, due to its design it can look a bit flimsy. The lamp has also been taken apart about three times now and moved from house to house and is still in good condition.
Once up the lamp looks ok but mine is a little plastic looking (the one I bought doesn't come in a metal finish) but it doesn't look as bad as you would expect for the price I paid and to be honest I have happily had the lamp in my home for five years - it is only now that I am thinking it may be time to upgrade. One thing however, that does bug me a bit about the lamp is the fact that the wire is on the outside of the lamp and is black. I realise that for the price I can't expect a designer piece but it would be a nice design feature if the cord could be threaded through the tubes of the lamp.
Once on the lamp looks lovely as the frosted plastic of the uplighter gives the bulb a nice warm glow and the uplighter part itself is a nice size so you can use a standard bulb (no hunting around for small bulbs etc and it also means you can use energy saving bulbs which is a massive bonus).
Another thing that I notice is because the lamp has an open cone for the uplighter part it does collect dust but then again most lamps do and a quick dusting does the trick.
Argos currently sell it singularly for £4.48 or a pair for £8.97 so it is exceptionally good value and as mine has lasted over five years it has worked out to be pence per day.
I moved house very recently, and not only have I been buying lots of new furniture, but I've also been discarding a lot of the older items. One of the items I've recently given to a friend is my Argos Value uplighter, which I purchased around 5 years ago.
Argos still sell these, retailing currently at £4.98. The uplighter itself requires minimal assembly - the stand - which comes in a rather attractive matte silver finish - comes in separate sections which screw together, and which in turn screw into the base. The base is weighted giving the light some stability, and the shade simply screws on also. The shade is made of a translucent white plastic, and is easily removable for dusting, or even washing in hot soapy water.
It really takes just a few minutes to put together (or to take apart as the case may be) and of course with the stand coming in sections, you can leave sections out to adjust the height, which assuming you use all the parts is 178cm.
When I originally made the purchase, my primary consideration was that the lamp be cheap, but I have to say for less than a fiver it's certainly served me well. I've had some ten years of use from the lamp, and it still looks as good as new. Sure, occasionally the base needs tightening up again, as moving it about tends to loosen it, and yes, the cable and switch hanging down the side of the stand isn't the most stylish thing in the world, but overall, it you're not looking too closely it's a fairly attractive item.
I've now passed my lamp on to a student friend, as I've purchased new standard lamps for my house. Overall, I think this is a great lamp for a first/student home, and it certainly offers long lasting value for the price. I feel almost sad to have parted with it! 4 stars, one off for the visible cable hanging down the stand and looking a little unsightly.
When I first left home, I wanted some soft lighting and spotted these up lighters in Argos and decided to buy them as they seemed good value.
*Price and availability:*
The RRP for this £11.49 and is currently available online and instore. You can check the stock of your local store and reserve it for collection if you wanted to make sure you didn't have a wasted journey.
The design is really simple a chrome base at the bottom and then a long thin chrome pole with a white plastic up-light shade on the top.
*The technical info:*
Suitable for use with low energy bulbs.
Bulbs required 1 x 12W ES GLS or 1 x 60W ES GLS
I brought the lamps over 10 years ago now and still, I have one in my living room and one in my dining room.
They still look stylish and modern and I think the simple design does mean that they will stand the test of time when it comes to fashion and trends.
I have found that the lamp is really easy to clean, you can remove the lamp shade easily (by removing the bulb) and I have ran it through the dishwasher several times with no problems.
The on/off switch is situated half way up the stem of the pole and easy to operate.
I paid around £10 for these and think that was a really good buy.
I would recommend these to everyone, 5 out of 5 stars from me.
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Product specifics taken from argos.co.uk
After my girlfriend and I moved into our flat we decided to get a few lamps for the living room as there was only one main lighting unit which did not provide adequate lighting for the entire room, especially when reading etc. We went to argos and wanted something cheap and cheerful that worked well. We saw the argos value floor lamps and thought we would give them a go.
We bought 2 for £11.99 which was an incredible price. The lamps come in a fairly small box considering their size and do require a bit of assembly. The main pole is split into five sections which screw together fairly easily. The pole then screws into a pretty heavy base which is pretty good quality. The 'shade' then sits on the top, finishing the unit off quite nicely.
We use energy saving bulbs in the lamp which provide a decent level of light but not as good as a traditional bulb (which most people would agree with) but as they are better for the environment and last around 5 or so years they are worth the compromise. The lamp had a UK plug which is attached to a pretty short cable. It is not a problem for us as we wanted to place them near power sockets anyway but it could be an issue if you wanted to place them a distance away. Along the cable is a switch which allows the light to be turned off/on. This is handy as it means you can leave the lamps plugged in but can switch it off when its not needed. The pole also has a clip which you can clip with wire to the pole, keeping it looking neat and tidy.
As stated the lamps work very well and look okay but the pole is not very sturdy. It tends to lean to one side and this is probably down to the height and the fact that the pole is so skinny. The lamp stands at about 6ft give of take which is a nice height but does mean it's a bit 'wobbly'.
All in all you get what you pay for with these lamps. They look nice and work well but up close you can tell they are a bit cheap.
I bought this lamp for a few reasons a while ago;
1) It was cheap and technically all I could afford at the time.
2) It was a floor lamp rather than a normal one that needed a surface to be placed on.
3) It slotted into the corner neatly!
It cost around the £5 mark so peanuts really. It is quite tall and the perfect height for most rooms. It is silver with a sort of triangular looking white uplit shade on top of a silver cone shape.
There is a black cable that holds a switch allowing it to be turned on and off. The base is small and round although not too heavy but it's great for jamming into a corner or as is present behind a couch in the tiniest of living rooms!
It comes in the argos value box which is blue and white and requires you to piece it together which is incredibly simple but there is instructions included if you needed them.
It takes energy saving bulbs which I think is great and even using them it's bright enough to light a room without hurting your eyes or giving you a headache.
It is a little flimsy although if no-one was touching it, it would be fine however I have a testing 2 year old who likes to play with the switch putting it on and off and pushing it over etc and as such where the metal pole is screwed in together the metal has bent and the pole doesn't stay anymore.
When it's first put up the lamp does sit squint, looking like it's going to topple, both times I have bought one it's been the same being obsessed by neatness this bugs me but apart from that it's a great addition to a room and I'd definately recommend it!
We have several uplighters in our house, the earlier models are from Ikea I think, but the more recent ones have come from Argos, purely because Argos is nearer. Ten years back these things were really in fashion and were seen as a must have item for homes and offices. Now I think the appeal has worn off a bit, but the price for them remains fair. You can pick one of these up for around the five pound mark and I consider that good value for a free standing lamppost!
The lamp is around six foot in height so you get a decent amount of height out of it. The post is sleek, thin and metal and sits moulded into a metal base. The base is quite small which is ideal for us, because we like to wedge them into corners and behind the television for ambient lighting. At the tip of the lamp is the lampshade which is made from a plastic material, inside this you can fasten a bulb with ease. I find brighter bulbs work best here as they can then flood the room with the nice bright light.
The lights can be turned on and off at the flick of a switch and they are also lightweight so you can carry them around the house easily and reposition without any fuss. I love the minimal look of these things and I especially like the light they give off when you turn off all other lights. The light is softer than a main overhead light, but also effective for mood lighting. Ideal for when you have company or dinner parties. There is not much I would change here to be honest, I might make the pole a tad sturdier as it is a trifle thin but that aside, a good value buy and quite stylish too.
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.
When we moved into our current house, we realised we had no furniture and had to literally source or buy everything. I only seemed to own small things like cutlery which was not going to fill a house- so we started looking around for things like lamps and bins and all the small things you tend to forget as you concentrate on the wardrobe/ bed/ sofa large items. Then remember you need lamps, curtains, bins, blinds...
Fortunately we saw these standing uplighters from Argos that were, £12.99 for a pack of TWO lamps! Perfect. at179cm (around 5 ft 9 ish tall). They came in a small box to the extent I was very sceptical that there was a floor lamp in the box- I started to think the boxes were like modern equivalents of Mary Poppins' handbag. When we opened the boxes, I was disappointed to see a jumble of parts and not a fully assembled lamp magically in a small box. As I got over my disappointment, Mr Norton and I decided we would assemble on each as it seemed fair.
You get one solid round quite heavy disk (the base), five metal pole sections, and the top part is the white plastic lamp section. You have to buy your own bulbs- 60W or upwards is good, anything less and your room will be dim. The lamps state maximum 100W bulbs. The bulbs are the odd SMALL screw ended bulbs (they have smaller screw parts but the bulb part is the same size as normal). As they are screw ended I have had to buy bulbs on line for these now most places are phasing out "normal" light bulbs in favour of energy efficient ones that I have yet to see in a screw end format. I seem to have accumulated free energy saving bulbs but all with bayonet caps and no light I own uses bayonet bulbs.
These really are VERY easy to assemble. All you do is literally screw the poles in one by one then by twisting them as the ends of each of the metal pole segments has a thread on it. Once assembled, you just screw the base on (again, by twisting it onto the pole- so screws or nails needed) and you fit plastic clips down the length of the pole to clip the wire cord to the side of the pole. This will stop people from tripping over the cable as the cable comes out of the pole right at the TOP so without these little cable tidies the whole lamp could be a bit of a safety hazard.
Overall for £12.99 for two these are brilliant. We use ours every day- we have one in the living room that I sit next to when I paint as it gives off a decent amount of light. After almost nine months of daily use, I have had to change one bulb in these and they are both still (touch wood) working fine. So, I would definitely recommend these.
I ordered these from argos last month, got a twin pack for 9.99. I have wanted some uplighters for ages since I cant stand the eco bulbs and so never use the main light in my living room even though its not light enough with a lamp.
The came wrapped in polystrene block which protect all the parts well but was easy to open.
I got a friend to help screw the bits together as I coulnt get on the floor to do it myselt although it would have been possible to build from my wheelchair but I didnt want to scrap all bits over my floor.
It was quick job took about 10minutes - the base is quite sturdy and round but not sure how well it would handle if you have floorboards and lots of children running around. It would probable wobble with movement.
Although Argos recommend 60 watt bulbs I found them too bright and so had to go and get some 40watt. They are not eco bulbs so was bit worried about supply in future so stocked up for future use.
Very pleased over all you would'nt guess so cheap and fit in corner of room with decor without drawing attention to themsleves. Considering you could easily pay two three or four times as much it holds its ground very well.
I have had one of these lights for years and although I can't remember what I paid for it I can tell you that it has never let me down.
It was very easy to screw together. It came in sections and I just had to feed the wire through and then screw the rods together. The shade fitted onto the metal stand very easily and just like you would fix a lampshade to a ceiling pendant.
I have my lamp behind the tv and with a 40 watt bulb it gives off a lovely glow and I don't have to put the "big" light on because I can see to read just fine with that amount of light. I have an energy saving bulb in mine and haven't had to change it yet!
I find that it is very stylish even though it is cheap and I have teamed mine with some frosted glass ceiling shades. I think it looks agood and it certainy doesn't look cheap, or that you would have paid just £5 for it.
All in all it is a great lamp and for the price you really can't grunble!
This is another one of my recent Argos purchases. The lamp is available on its own or in a twin pack. The single lamp costs £4.89 and the twin pack £9.29. I went for the twin pack - to be honest I didn't really need two lamps, but for that price I couldn't resist!
Having reserved it online, I went to collect the lamps from Argos. I was a little concerned about how they would be packaged and how I would manage on the bus, but I had nothing to worry about. The lamps are packed in a neat little box which fit easily into an Argos carrier bag and was no problem to carry home.
When I unpacked the box, as expected from the size the lamps were in a number of pieces. There were 6 screw together parts for the pole, the base and the lampshade. The instructions were very easy to follow and no tools were required. The pole screws together easily and the lamp part is already in place on the top piece of the pole. The pole then screws into the base.
I was pleasantly surprised at the weight of the base, I had thought this might be compromised at the price but it is a good weight and has good balance.
The lampshade is white opaque plastic, and for the price you can't expect more! Once on you can't really tell it is plastic, and it doesn't look cheap. The cable runs down the outside of the pole, I would prefer if it was inside and came out of the bottom but it's fine like this. There is a switch on the cable for switching the lamp on and off.
The lamps don't stand entirely straight. I'm not sure if this is due to the fact that the pole is made of six pieces or if the floor is not completely level, but I did try them in a few places before deciding where to place them and they were a little squint all round the room. I don't mind, after all I paid less than a tenner for them so I can't expect perfection!
Overall I'm happy with my lamps. They were cheap, they look fine and they light up well (they take max 60 watt screw in bulbs, but I have energy saving ones in). I wasn't too bothered about aesthetics, I just wanted an alternative to having the ceiling light on, and that's what I've got.
If you want lamps which match your room and aren't just basic ones for lighting purposes, these probably aren't the ones for you. But they do the job and I don't think they look like they're worth less than £5 each!
Silver finish with a white plastic shade. Height 179cm.