Swing-Arm Table Lamps: High & Low

Swing-arm lamps can be really useful reading lights, especially on a bedside table or next to a sofa. They're a sort of cross between a task light and a traditional table lamp—adjustable, but designed to be matched with a drum or flared shade. Like any lighting purchase, you can pay a lot or a little for a swing-arm lamp.Pricing depends on a variety of factors, including the quality of the base, the material, and whether the piece is new or antique. A mid-range, good-quality lamp will usually cost between $60 and $200. Designer versions and high-end antiques can run in the thousands. At the lower end, you can find very basic lamps that generally don't have the weight and material quality of the higher end versions (although there's always the chance of scoring a great deal at a thrift shop or antique store).

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1 Pair of Nessen Mid-Century Swing Arm Table Lamps at Century Designs, $1,300
2 Steel and Brass Swing Arm Table Lamp from John Vaccari, $750
3 Malibu Metal Swing-Arm Table Lamp at Cal Lighting, $98
4 Metro Swing-Arm Table Lamp at Crate & Barrel, $90
5 Catalina Swing-Arm Table Lamp at OfficeMax, $30

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