Light shades and lamp holders come in many styles, with each design directly affecting quality of light. For instance, a dark shade allows less light to pass than a pale one, but emphasises the cosy warmth of the bulb. A solid, opaque shade makes the light directional, which creates mood and works well over a desk or dining table. Intricately cut shades create patterns of light on surrounding surfaces.
Bare lamp holders are ideal for showing off designer Plumen bulbs or decorative filament bulbs.