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Old May 19th 2011, 5:39 pm
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This is a very strange question. but I am in the throws of starting a move from the UK to America and want to know if I can re-assure my daughter that we can bring her lamp shade from her bedroom. It is a standard UK light shade that attached to a ceiling fixing. Does anyone know if this will fit in America or if there are any fitting adaptors I can buy? I am pruely thinking of the shade so no electrics involved.
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Does it go over a hanging light bulb? Don't quite know how else to describe it. If so you might have a bit of a problem. You may have to do some adapting as far as the ceiling fixture goes. I can't think of any houses I have been in that have a hanging light bulb fixture. I would reassure your daughter anyway as where there is a will there is a way!
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American houses (at least everywhere I have live in the northeast and midwest) don't have the same fittings for lampshades. In fact, they tend not to have any fittings at all for the ceiling type - all the ceiling pendents screw into the ceiling, there isn't the dangly wire type that you can unscrew to attach a lampshade to.

Completely confused me when I was trying to attach a lampshade, in the end I did a make-shift one using a bit of wire and a ceiling-blank. never seen anything like it in any stores.
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Is it a light fixture or a shade? There is a difference. One is connected to the electrical source and the other just covers said fixture.

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This is a very strange question. but I am in the throws of starting a move from the UK to America and want to know if I can re-assure my daughter that we can bring her lamp shade from her bedroom. It is a standard UK light shade that attached to a ceiling fixing. Does anyone know if this will fit in America or if there are any fitting adaptors I can buy? I am pruely thinking of the shade so no electrics involved.
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Old May 19th 2011, 6:46 pm
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American houses (at least everywhere I have live in the northeast and midwest) don't have the same fittings for lampshades. In fact, they tend not to have any fittings at all for the ceiling type - all the ceiling pendents screw into the ceiling, there isn't the dangly wire type that you can unscrew to attach a lampshade to.

Completely confused me when I was trying to attach a lampshade, in the end I did a make-shift one using a bit of wire and a ceiling-blank. never seen anything like it in any stores.

Hmmmm wonder what those fixtures in my ceiling are then? You can screw in a glass shade cover to hide the bulb and/or use a shade with the pronged wire clip that slips over the bulb itself. And, no, I don't live in a slum.
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Hmmmm wonder what those fixtures in my ceiling are then? You can screw in a glass shade cover to hide the bulb and/or use a shade with the pronged wire clip that slips over the bulb itself. And, no, I don't live in a slum.
You mean the ones that my wife likes to call 'boob lamps' - a big frosted glass dome with a brass or painted metal protuberance in the centre? Whatever they are, they are superfluous - we've had 'em in every house we've lived in, including smaller versions without the 'nipple' in our current house.

To the OP - usually the only dangly type fixtures you will find are in living rooms or dining rooms where there is a raised or vaulted ceiling. Standard bedroom fare is the aforementioned 'boob lamp', sometimes with a ceiling fan above.

Now, you may have luck finding a desk lamp that it will fit on, if it is a shade that could be adapted to go on one of those, or else if you befriend an electrician he'll probably be able to knock up something that might work from the ceiling.
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American houses (at least everywhere I have live in the northeast and midwest) don't have the same fittings for lampshades. In fact, they tend not to have any fittings at all for the ceiling type - all the ceiling pendents screw into the ceiling, there isn't the dangly wire type that you can unscrew to attach a lampshade to.

Completely confused me when I was trying to attach a lampshade, in the end I did a make-shift one using a bit of wire and a ceiling-blank. never seen anything like it in any stores.
You just need to meet some older homes.

OP needs to post a photo of this thing. Clearly we need to get to the bottom of this international mystery!
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This is what I was referring to:


Not seen them anywhere here, and there isn't even an equivalent available in any shops.
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Ikea, Anian?
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This is what I was referring to:
http://www.homebase.co.uk/wcsstore/h...HBO111111X.jpg

Not seen them anywhere here, and there isn't even an equivalent available in any shops.
Totally different than what I was picturing in my mind. LOL

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Isn't it what is called a pendant light? Home Depot, Lowes's, online at places like this:

http://www.lightinguniverse.com/ceil...FUiK4AoduyrFRw
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This is a very strange question. but I am in the throws of starting a move from the UK to America and want to know if I can re-assure my daughter that we can bring her lamp shade from her bedroom. It is a standard UK light shade that attached to a ceiling fixing. Does anyone know if this will fit in America or if there are any fitting adaptors I can buy? I am pruely thinking of the shade so no electrics involved.
Thanks
Just lie to her. She'll forgive you eventually.

Disclaimer: I am still quite new to this parenting thing.
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I would be fascinated to see this lampshade.
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Old May 22nd 2011, 2:56 pm
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Thanks all. Think it might be a case of lets see and if not find a lovely alternative - the shade itself is not super special but she loves it! Anian the picture you posted is just what we have at home here so guess not seen in the US?
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Thanks all. Think it might be a case of lets see and if not find a lovely alternative - the shade itself is not super special but she loves it! Anian the picture you posted is just what we have at home here so guess not seen in the US?
Nope, not really...most drop pendant lights, you clip the shade to the light bulb itself rather than screwing it into the socket...though there is always a way, just hack it apart a bit and cup in a clip.
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