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I got a pack of Argos Value Range Paper Shades about a year ago. The pack of three paper shades cost me just £4.99 direct from Argos, which equates to just £1.66 per shade - which I think is a great price and one that I really cannot complain about.
As I said, there are three shades per pack with a shade of a different shape - namely square, triangular and spherical. They do need a little minor assembly which is just a matter of inserting the metal insight into the appropriate paper shape. This is easy to do and is really childs' play. This just obviously then hooks over the light cable - and then the shade covers the lightbulb and provides a decent shade from the light. They are suitable for 60 watt bulbs and this is the bulbs we have used with them without any problems.
The paper is decent quality and does not tear or break easily. However, because the shades are white, they do become discoloured after a year - and our shades are about ready to be replaced. I would like having the option of other colours, but when I was looking I didn't see any other colours available.
Overall, I think these shades are a good value product and I've been quite pleased with the purchase.
When I moved into my first home I wanted to try and find home ware as cheap as I possibly could. The couple of weeks before moving I spent hours and hours searching for good value goods. That's when I purchased these paper light shades, they looked good and, more importantly, were cheap.
** What are they **
There are three light shades in this packet, a round one like a ball, a square one and a long triangle one, they are all the same cream colour. The shades come flat packed in individual plastic covers, with assembly instructions too. I paid £4.99 for these 2 years ago and after a quick look are still available for this price.
** Assembly **
Putting the shades together and hanging them up is simple. There is a metal wire included for each shade, these keep the shape of the shade in place. Just attach the wire to the two slots in the bottom of the shade and pull the paper up around it, then attach the wire to the top of the shade and it's done. To attach a shade to a light fitting, just find the slot on the metal wire in the shade and pull the wire through. I actually got my mum to do this because I'm a shortie and she found it much easier being just that bit taller, although if she wasn't around I think I could of managed just fine.
** Opinion **
I originally just bought one pack of these shades for the main rooms in my house, the lounge, my bedroom and daughter's bedroom. After using them for a couple of months and finding them great, I bought another set to put on my landing, inside the front door and inside the back door. I can't fault these, although they are paper and quite flimsy, none have ripped or torn after being up for over 2 years. As long as care is taken when hanging these for the first time, making sure a finger doesn't puncture through the shades, I don't see any reason for these to tear. I find cleaning them quite easy, I use a long feather duster and it does the job just fine, again, without ripping or tearing.
I'd definitely recommend these to anyone looking for a cheap light fitting. They tick all the boxes for me. They are easy to clean, easy to assemble and look fantastic. At £4.99 I think these are fantastic value for money.
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!
The Argos Value Range Paper Shades are currently selling for £4.99 for the three as a set. Which works out to be £1.66 per shade. They work perfectly with 12 Watts and 60 Watts ES GLS bulbs, and make the room look warm.
Upon opening you get 3 different types; a square with small stripes, a rectangle drop with chunky stripes and a round shade with thin stripes. Each are in 3 different shades of white, an off-white, a white and a darker off-white. They feel a little flimsy but they hold well and look fantastic.
They are so easy to attach to your lighting and gives the room an added 'stylish' look. They however, do have a limited life span due to the paper material, but they are not expensive and most can afford to replace them when they get bored of them, or alternatively switch the shades around in the rooms.
They look good in rooms with high ceilings which is what we have, I think the most appealing aspect of these is that they're simple looking, with simple colors and designs and shapes - making them perfect for decorating on a small budget as they still bring elegance to the room.
My daughters dad recently moved back to Nottingham into a small flat. We wanted to get him a small housewarming present to help him settle into his new home, and eventually got a few different items to go towards decoration - including this set of three paper lightshades from Argos.
I have already had these in my home, when I first moved in, so I know from my own experience that these can be a bit fiddly to put up . Firstly, you need to insert the metal frame into the paper shade, which comes flat, and then open the lampshade out . Then have to stand on a chair, and manipulate the wire from your light into a curved notch in the metal frame, which can be a bit fiddly to do.
However, once these are up, they look lovely, with the thin paper cover gently diffusing the light so it comes out softly, but still strong enough to illuminate the room . It is recommended that you use 60 watt bulbs with these shades . I imagine bulbs of a higher wattage might get a little too hot and set the shade on fire. I use energy saving bulbs in mine with no problems .
Over time, these shades do discolour, and they are not particularly easy to clean, as the paper is fragile . Surface dirt can be removed with a duster, but other dirt, such as discolouration from cigarrete smoke, can result in the shade turning a nasty yellowish colour, which is impossible to clean off. However, at just £3.99 for a pack of three shades, these are very inexpensive to replace .
Each of the shades is a different shape - one is spherical, one is a boxy rectangular shape, and one is a long triangle. They are all in a nice white colour, and when lit up you can clearly see lines across them where the framework of the shade is, an effect I find rather attractive .
Eventually, I replaced my paper shades with prettier and easier to clean ones - but I think for decorating a new home on a budget, these are an excellent and inexpensive way to cover up bare bulbs, and they are pretty attractive too .
4 stars - one off because they are hard to clean .
Since we moved into our house about 18 months ago, my partner and I have had terrible trouble with finding lampshades to fit our awkward light fittings that were already here. We have the energy saving bulbs throughout the house, but that isn't the problem. Instead of having the normal round light fittings which dangle from the ceiling, ours are square shaped, and consequently, normal lightshades do not fit! We've tried several types of lightshade but to no avail and we got sick of spending money on something which didn't work!
I was browsing through the Argos book one afternoon just having a little look at things to buy, and I stumbled across these in the lighting section. It looked like they didn't have a circular fitting like most lightshades do, so we thought for £4.41, it was worth a try just to cover up the bare hanging bulbs we have been stuck with! After queueing for yonks in Argos, they handed me a lightweight package with 3 flat lampshades inside it. I was a bit dubious about it, as they didn't look the best thing in the world, but nevertheless we took them home.
I unwrapped them from the usual yards and yards of cellophane you get with these things. There was an instruction sheet showing you how to assemble them (although you could easily do so without the aid of this!), 3 flat, unassembled lampshades and 3 metal rectangular shaped things. I had a look at each shade and decided just to assemble all of them at once. To assemble, simply insert the metal shape into the paper shade. There are 2 metal holes for the ends to go into at one end of the shape, so put the metal in there, and pull the paper shade up so you can get it over the other side. Done! The metal shape holds the paper shade in its position, so its important to make sure the metal frame is down the centre of the shade.
Fitting to the ceiling is quite easy too. I'm really short, so standing on a chair to reach isn't even enough for me, so I had to leave it in the capable hands of my partner. I explained to him how it should sit, and showed him the instruction leaflet. He understood and went to do it. It took a couple of attempts but soon he managed to manipulate the electrical cable around the slot in the metal frame. He just had to straighten the frame again to make sure it was centralised, and it was done! The whole thing took under 10 minutes to do, and makes our light fittings look so much nicer! Whats great is that they can be on any type of fitting, as the opening at the top of each shade is plenty wide enough for either a square or a round fitting.
For the price of £4.41, you get 3 paper lampshades. You get a spherical one, a triangular one and a square shaped one. They are all white, so will go in any room, and do look quite nice, especially for the money. Obviously beign paper they are quite delicate so you have to be careful when fitting them, but other than that they are a great product, and have solved our bare-bulb problem! It specifies that you need 1 60 watt bulb for each, but we have a brighter bulb in our sitting room and the light shade has been fine, and hasn't been damaged in any way.
A great product for the price, it looks nice and does what it should do. What more can you ask for? Available from www.argos.co.uk (item number: 430/8636) for store collection or home delivery.
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