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First appearing in the 1950s then making a comeback in the 1970s, swag lamps have proven to stand the test of time, as they are popular again.  These stylish lamps hang from the ceiling with two hooks, one holding the lamp and the curved draped swag hanging between the two hooks.  The original lamps are made of either Lucite or plastic and hung over a table or in a corner.  The long chain is intertwined with the cord, giving easy access to the power source.

Of course, swag lamps have been updated with the times to incorporate new technologies.  Many have gone beyond their Lucite or plastic construction to include crystal, glass, Japanese wood, leather, stained glass and wicker.  However, rattan is now one of the most popular materials these days because this material is so durable.  Furthermore, it is easy to add personal creative touches to rattan, especially for those who like to paint or add their own personal styles.  They can also be finished according to any individual’s preference without damaging the lamp.

These days swag lamps (or swag lights ) are much more than mere accents as they are economical, efficient and versatile as well as stylish.  Their long cords, usually from 10 to 15 feet long allow them to be positioned anywhere and not take up space on the floor, desktop or any other surface.  They are good for those living in smaller dwellings such as studio apartments to help save space.  They are also great as reading lights as they can light large rooms better than many floor designs.  Others have traditionally used swag lamps over billiard or pool tables to create a relaxed atmosphere.  Many may be familiar with these lamps proudly displaying the logos from sports teams or favorite brand names.

Most of these lamps  have an inline switch. However,  today’s technology has equipped many of them with remote controls making them even more convenient.  These lights do not have to be installed, so they can be moved at any time when redecoration is in order.  Such features are what separate these lamps from other types of lighting fixtures such as Quoizel chandeliers, which not only cost more that are also affixed to one place.Photoxpress 7209084 Swag Lamps: Style That Keeps Coming Back

Not surprisingly, there are many lamps that will go with any decor, especially those who like clever combinations of retro and contemporary styles.  The new improvements in swag lamps have not only made them better from a technological standpoint, but they are also much more stylish than those commonly found in hotels, motels, and resorts.  For example, a Pretty in Pink swag style plug in chandelier is perfect for a little girl’s room with its antique three-light chandelier and clear and pink crystal droplets that sparkle in the light.  The antique white finish is complimented with pink bell shades and faux candle-drip covers.  Along with the droplets, light blue, clear and pink beads provide a romantic ambiance.  Furthermore, this particular lamp can be converted to a hardwired lamp with the included kit.

Those who want a more sophisticated and elegant look may choose the hand painted floral plug-in style swag pendant light.  The Bavarian dark gold colored shade is decorated with matching ribbon along with hand painted accents on the center column and provides warm light with an off-white acrylic diffuser.  This lamp is perfect for placement over dining room table as well as many other living areas of the home.  Like the Pretty in Pink lamp, this design includes a hardwire kit in case one wants to make the lamp a permanent fixture.

There are many other choices in swag lamps to complement a fun and whimsical decor as well as a cozy, country home atmosphere.  There are those that have as much elegance and class as a Quoizel chandelier but have only a fraction of the cost.  One must consider what effect is needed when choosing a lamp as well as its economical and functional benefits.  If space is a problem in the home, then swag lamps offer the perfect solution to take care of lighting needs.  There is bound to be the right swag lamp for anyone for any purpose at just the right price.

When you hang a swag chandelier, you realize that you can add beauty to your home decor without cutting holes in the ceiling. You can make a swag chandelier by just transforming a regular chandelier that can be attached to a regular ceiling hook, although the hook needs to be heavy duty. You then add a special swag kit. This is not a real hard job to do and you should be able to finish it in about 2 hours.  When it comes to hoisting the chandelier up to the hook, you may need help as it may be heavy. You will need a few things for this job.

First, you need the chandelier with a swag kit. Beyond that, you need tools such as a drill, a screwdriver, screws, heavy duty ceiling hooks, and maybe a stud finder. It is very important to locate a ceiling brace or joist that can hold the weight of the chandelier as some can weigh quite a lot and many of those are black chandeliers.

That is why you need the stud finder, so you can find a good, solid, attachment point. Hanging swag lamps is not that hard. The next step is to install a ceiling hook where you want the light to hang.  For your swag lamps,  Home Depot or local hardware store,  will have special ceiling hooks to use.

Depending on the type of hook, you will want to pre-drill the holes to attach the ceiling screws. Next, install the other ceiling hook close to the wall. this will be where the electric cord (chain) will attach.

Now you are ready to hang the chandelier lighting. This is the point where you need to ask for help to hold this up.  When you decide the height of this, think about if tall people will be bumping their head on this hanging lamp.

Just create a little "swag" in the cord/chain and attach to the other hook near the wall.  Don't let the the swag be too low, because again it could hit someone.

You are now ready to plug it in and add the bulbs and any lampshades you are using. I would recommend that you put the bulbs in before you plug it in.

Now you can turn on the light and see how it looks.