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When moving into my new home there were countless items that I needed to buy. So off to Ikea I went with a vague idea of what I needed to fill my house. One of the items of home ware I did come back with was the Ikea Lampan Table Lamp. For just £2.79 I was able to purchase a handy table lamp that sits perfectly for reading on my bedside cabinet. The lamp comes in two parts with the base and the lampshade (you need to provide your own bulb). It is very easy to fix together you just fit the bulb connecting lampshade to the base. Then all you do is plug the lamp in and flick the switch and you have a handy lamp ideal for reading. The lamp is light in weight and is quite easy to knock over. The base is made from plastic and does not provide much sturdiness for the whole lamp. Saying that, if you're not clumsy like me then you probably won't know it over and if you do the lamp is tough enough to take a few knocks. The lamp I purchased the white version of the lamp and it gives off enough light to read by. I would not advise this as your main light for a room. The lampshade is a little thick and constricts the light a little too much for me. There are two other colours available in red and grey. The red one looks quite jazzy but would not fit in the design of my room. The grey one looks dull. I use this every evening and it has been excellent. The design is simple but is crafted well and looks rather neat. It is only when on close inspection someone would realise it is cheap plastic. For under three pounds this is a bargain worth having.
I have various Ikea Lampan table lamps dotted all over the house. For the price you really can't beat them. The Ikea Lampan table lamp comes in three different colours; red, white and grey, and they cost just £2.69 each. You don't get a bulb included in the package, you do have to buy the bulb seperately, but hey for £2.69 did you really expect it to come with a bulb! There is a tiny bit of self assembly involved in a Lampan light, but it is literally just inserting a light bulb, and then attaching the shade to the base. The lamp itself doesn't come in a box, the base is just inverted inside the shade and then the whole thing is shrink wrapped in plastic. I guess that this helps to keep the cost of the lamp so low. At the end of the day this is just a plastic lamp, it does only cost £2.69 after all, but placed in the right spot and the right setting they can look really effective. Another thing to point out is that they don't actually give out an awfull lot of light, they are definately more of a background light source than a useable light source. I do however really like these, I think that they are quite a funky little design, I think that the shade looks just like an upside down cupcake liner. I initially bought two of these in red to use as bedside lamps in the spare bedroom. They look nice enough and were obviously a bargain price. However the red one doesn't actually give off enough light to read by if you only have the bedside lamp on. So I then decided to swap things around a bit and move the red ones elsewhere, and I bought two of these in white instead for the spare bedroom. The white ones do give off enough light to read by - just. I haven't bought any of these in grey, but I do suspect that they will be just like the red, not bright enough to read by as a bedside lamp. The lamp does come with a quite a long cord - 2m, so you don't need to place it right next to a plug socket. The switch to turn the lamp on and off is located on the power cord near to the base of the lamp.
One thing I love are lamps. I'm not keen on big lights on in my home when I'm trying my best to relax and now, well I own quite a few in my large flat. My mate actually treated me to this one when we were in Ikea and she bought me the white one and herself the red option. I liked mine so much that when I spotted another one in white one for 50p, brand new on a carboot giving me a pair I was delighted and now they sit on my two huge windowsills in my living room! The Packaging: The packaging is very simple and the lamp comes in a see-through plastic cover and all we are told on it is what it is basically. The lamp comes in two parts with the shade and the base with the lead on it and no lighbulb so you do have to purchase those yourself and they are available instore however you can buy suitable lightbulbs from all good supermarkets etc and to be honest they are cheaper. The Lamp: Well this is made from plastic, the base being sleek and slightly shiny and not too tall and then you get a thicker with integrated lines into it largish lampshade that simply sits over the top of that. The lighbulb simply twists in and it looks great! The power cable is very long with a flick to switch on/off on the lead and all in all this gives a lovely, modern look to a room and its wipe clean and easy to look after. It gives a subtle light to a room and costing only £2.69 a lamp these are simply a bargain and in red, white, blue and grey options theres a colour for us all! These are available in Ikea stores and from Ikea.com