Target modern globe lamp shown on a credenza, next to a clipboard and pencil holder.
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A Roundup of Round Lamps at Target

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Target has been killing it with their lamp offerings lately. I’ve noticed that in the past year or so, they’ve increased the number of lighting items — and the designs are so attractive. This is both in terms of table and desk lamps, and also floor lamps. If you want something specific — say, a round gold lamp for your desk — they have several options. Here’s what I found on a recent trip to Target with those specific requirements:

Threshold Gold Lamp with Wood Base, $49.99

Threshold Modern Globe Lamp, $49.99
Nate Berkus Mid-Century Inspired Metal Desk Lamp, $49.99
Threshold Cantilever LED Task Lamp, $49.99

However the first three are not adjustable in any way.  You can’t even pivot the head. That’s a deal-breaker for me. I don’t care how attractive an object is if it’s supposed to be functional and isn’t, really. This is especially confounding for the middle two — the Threshold Modern Globe Lamp and the Nate Berkus one — as they point straight down. Who wants a lamp that only points straight down? The last one, at least you can adjust the height a bit.

All these lamps and many more seem to be 10% off online this month — except for the Nate Berkus one. The website says it’s only available online and not in stores. However, as you can see, I did find one in store, and it was on clearance too. This is probably why they’re not in stores anymore — they were put on clearance to make room for new Nate Berkus stuff.

I thought I wanted a gold lamp, but I actually ended up with something different:

Threshold Audrey Lamp, $39.99

The base is marble and you can adjust it in two places. It also comes in white. I’m actually on my second one. The switch broke on the first one I bought, but I easily exchanged it for another one in store. So far, so good. I’m hoping the first one was a fluke.

Moral of the story: do your lamp shopping in person.

(By the way, prices listed are the regular non-sale prices. In California, prices are higher because there’s a requirement to include a CFL. (It’s California Title 20, if you really want to nerd out.) The requirement’s intent seems to be force people to use more efficient light bulbs and lower energy consumption. But I find it annoying as I like being able to choose my own bulb, and then I just end up with an extra bulb that I don’t want. These days, I like using LED bulbs.)



UPDATE 12/10/17 – I’m trying to be better about making ethical shopping choices, so I’m updating posts with info about where and how things were made. I’m not sure where these were all made, but the lamp I bought was made in China. (By the way, it and some of the other lamps featured here were renamed and now part of Target’s mid-century modern inspired Project 62 collection.) Target was named an ethical company in 2010 by Ethisphere Institute.

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