Who hasn't checked into a hotel recently and made note of the wall lamps over the beds.  I know I have and every time I think of good reasons to use them in my home.  I still do not have them yet, but here are a few reasons I come up with to give them a serious look.
I am not trying to say that the quality of the wall lamps in hotels is the best, so one should not judge the utility of them by the quality you may find in some cheaper hotel chains.

1. They are so functional. Usually there are two on a swivel.  One for each bed, if we get a 2 bed room.  This gives us both a chance to use the light the way we want to.  For me, I like to pull the lamp toward me and I need all the light I can get to read. I can then adjust how close it is and that controls how much light falls on my book.  My wife, on the other hand, is not thrilled by having too much light because she will likely watch some TV.  She may still turn the lamp on for a brief period to get settled. This is what I mean by functional.

2. Wall lamps make maximum use of the space. By being mounted to a wall, the wires are all hidden and it makes a clean appearance.  Many times when you have a floor lamp, a wall lamp would be better.  Floor lamps, while movable, take up lots of floor space and are tough to vacuum around.

3. Lamps mounted on the wall shine light upwards. This is a subtle thing, but really adds to the room appearance. Light shining up the wall and bouncing off the ceiling creates a much softer environment than most other types of light you find in the home.

When looking at getting a wall lamp, you will find many different types.  Some will mount flush to the wall.  Others come with arms that allow you to move the lamp around some.  Still others have swing arms that bend in two areas, giving even more versatility.  At some lighting supply places you will find the wall lamps nested as a subset of wall sconces.  I don't know why that is, because I see them as two very distinct types of lamps.

As far as brands go, there are many brands that are quality made.  One such brand is the Quoizel.  This company just makes quality lamps that look good and last a long time. Known for their Quoizel Chandeliers, the company actually makes many different types of lamps.  You could not go wrong with a wall lamp made by Quoizel.

Wall lamps have many great uses and should be considered if you are renovating a room or just want to change things up a little in your house.  You can experiment with different lamp shades ( or light shades as some people call them) and that will give you even more styles to work with.

If you have a need for a swag lamp and want to be a little creative, you can easily make a string lampshade swag lamp very easily.

First you need some thick string. Not as thick as yarn, but thicker than kite string. Make sense? Actually any thickness will do, but you will like the outcome better if your string is about in between yarn and kite string. Some people have said that crochet thread is just about right for this.

You also need some fabric stiffener. You can pick this up at a local craft store. Mix up a solution in an old jar or other usable container. This is very important as this is the stuff that keeps your shade together.

Next, blow up a party balloon the size of the lamp you want. This can vary as much as you like. This will determine how big your shade is.
After you have blown up the balloon , tie it off and wrap the thread around the balloon. A trick is to soak the thread in the fabric stiffener first. Just be sure that the entire string is coated as you wrap around the balloon.

Now hang the balloon to dry. It may take overnight to dry good, but make certain it is dry before you pop the balloon. When you are sure, pop the balloon and cut a hole at the top , just big enough to get a light bulb through.
Once you pull the balloon pieces out, you just need a bulb kit from the local hardware store. The electric cord should have a on/off switch built in. Put the bulb end inside your new swag lamp and affix it to the shade with a small wire.

Caution: Depending on the wattage of the bulb this could be a fire hazard, so either use low wattage bulbs or maybe a CFL bulb that does not get hot.

Everyone has lamps in their houses and each one has a light shade. While most lamps have a beauty aspect, if they are dusty and dirty it detracts quite a lot.

The consistent build up of dust on lampshades can even cause permanent damage and will devalue the lamp. It doesn't have to be that way. You can take some easy measures to maintain your light shades, lamps, and lamp fitters. This way your lampshades will last a long time for you. Of course, looks is not the only reason to clean them. If layer upon layer of dust is allowed to accumulate, the amount of light coming from your lamps will be greatly reduced. This will cause rooms to seem darker and can actually cost you more money in the long run, because more lamps need to be on to produce the same amount of light.4449309013 6a6888eeaa m How to Clean Light Shades

Lampshades are made of many different types of materials and each may need to be cleaned in a different way. The most common shade is made from a fabric stretched over a frame and a fitter. Fabrics give the best range of colors and patterns to match any home decor. Replacement light shades are often used to match a new carpet or drapery. The first aspect of cleaning a fabric shade is safety. You must unplug the light the remove the shade. Safety should be first for any type lamp shade, sot his step really applies to all types. You can try a new paint brush on the fabric to see how much dust you can get off. With a few strokes, you may be able to clean a fabric shade quite well. Don't forget to clean the inside as well. If the paint brush doesn't work as well as you want, you can try warm, soapy water. Be sure to rinse well in clear water and let fully dry.

If your shade is made from paper, you really can't clean it very well, except to use the paint brush and maybe some very light vacuuming. If dusting it clean this way does not work, consider a replacement light shade for the lamp.

Glass light shades are some of the prettiest and some of the easiest to clean. As with all the other types, you can start by dusting them off with the soft brush to determine how dirty the shade really is. Soap and water works great , as needed, for glass shades, just be very careful not to break it. Rinse in warm, clear water and use a soft cloth to dry.

Finally, always be sure to allow each shade to dry completely before re-installing on the lamp fitter.

Light shades is just another word for lamp shades, and come in many shapes and sizes and add to the decor of a room. Silk and stained glass shades can be very expensive with  fabric and plastic much less costly.  One of the easiest ways to change and update a room's appearance is to do a replacement of the lighting or just the lamp shades.  The first thing to consider is the lamp fitter if you are looking for a replacement lamp shade.  The fitter will determine what type and size of shade will work for you.   While replacing lamps or shades with  plug in swag lamps  may be the best option, often times cleaning the existing shades will be the easiest way to make big difference in the lighting.  It will always be cheaper to clean  than buy replacement shades.  Cleaning some types of light shades, such as a hanging swag lamp, can present challenges and are more labor intensive than others.    Here are a few helpful hints when you want to try cleaning your light  shades and by the way, some people call them lightshades.4415107926 20b9b55251 m How to Care For and Clean Light Shades

Hard Shades
The first line of defense is to perform routine lamp shade maintenance each time the room is dusted. For hard shades made of glass, plastic or fiberglass, a thorough dusting with a soft cloth on both the inside and outside is sufficient. Follow up with glass cleaner when necessary. If very dirty use a mild detergent to wash them first.  Be sure when you do any cleaning that the lamp has been off for a few minutes and has cooled .  Hot bulbs could burn you or melt your duster.

Fabric Shades

There are several ways to keep fabric shades dust-free. They can be vacuumed with the soft brush attachment or rolled with a lint roller. Pleated shades can be successfully dusted with a soft paint brush. Some shades, if they are very dirty, can be washed.  If you do decide to wash them there is some prep work that must done first. The fitter must not be made of the type of metal that will rust. It can rust as a result of the contact with water and the rust may stain the shade. Remove all washable trim. It the fabric is glued to the frame, sew it in place so it doesn’t fall apart.
Fill a bathtub or clean garbage can with water and mild detergent. Put some of the soapy water on a small part of the material to be sure it is colorfast. Submerge the lamp shade and swish it around in the water. When the water is dirty, let it out and fill with clean water. If the shade is still dirty repeat the entire process until it is clean and the rinse water is clear. Hang it up to dry.
These instructions do not apply to silk shades. They are very expensive you may wish to have them professionally cleaned.  If you want to try to wash them, a great video can be found here describing a way to clean silk shades at home.