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:
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:
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 I don’t want. These days, I like using LED bulbs.)