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.

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.