Q: How can I fix a lamp when the on-off knob has broken off? Also, is there a way to lighten a lampshade that has yellowed on the inside...
Q: How can I fix a lamp when the on-off knob has broken off? Also, is there a way to lighten a lampshade that has yellowed on the inside?
A: If possible, take the knob from the lamp (or the lamp itself) to your local hardware store. You should be able to find a replacement knob.
If not, contact a lamp repair shop. They’re listed under “Lamp and Shade Repair” in Yellow Page directories.
As for the lampshade, there are two types: shades with fabric inside and out, and shades that are fabric on the outside with a plastic or paper liner.
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Yellowing typically occurs in the latter type, as heat from the bulb makes the liner more opaque. If cleaning the shade doesn’t help, it’s time to get a new shade.
For the best transmission of light from your lamp, try a light-colored, all-fabric shade and, if possible, use an appropriate three-way bulb.
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