As a shiny material made from copper and zinc, brass is a versatile substitute for many applications. With its gold-like appearance dissimilar to its reddish-brown counterpart bronze, this highly corrosion-resistant metal is a popular material for lights meant for outdoor and seaside use.
Although primarily used for interior spaces, brass table lamps are bright and welcoming illuminators that depict opulence and wealth. They’re a perfect cheaper alternative to gold yet still maintain that high-end famous appearance and charm. Often seen as standard lamps in villas and hotels, these table lamps contrast beautifully with blue decor or complement exquisitely with silver or grey furniture.
Brass is bold. Brass is rich. For an irresistible allure of bright yellow weather-resistant lamps, shop brass table lamps with us at Zest Lighting.
Brass has similarities and differences with other metals such as copper, gold, and bronze. To state a few connections, (1) brass and gold both have yellow tones, (2) copper, brass, and bronze are part of the group termed “red metals”, and (3) brass and bronze are known as popular copper alloys. Here’s an informative rundown of the relationship between brass and the other three materials:
Copper is a metal that is naturally found in the surroundings. It has been a famous raw material for adornments and mechanical tools and has a history of being able to purify water and sterilize wounds. It’s also one of the favoured metals in making lighting fixtures and lamps due to its weather-resistant properties and natural reddish-brown colour. As previously hinted, copper is the main component for creating brass, along with a specific zinc ratio and small amounts of other minerals.
Bronze is a hard and brittle mineral produced by combining copper with tin and minuscule quantities of other metals. It is corrosion-resistant and a better heat and electricity conductor than iron. This material is mainly used for industrial and nautical applications; one may only see lighting commodities coated but not made in bronze. Between brass and bronze, the latter’s colour is closer to copper - brown mixed with a bit of yellow and orange.
Gold is not part of the copper metal group, but its glittering yellow colour highly resembles brass’ mellow yellow shade. Like brass, it’s a nonmagnetic material often used for jewellery and currencies. Moreover, it’s a pure metal that is highly evaluated by the public. Hence, you may see a lot of lighting commodities both plated and created using brass, but you can count with one hand those that are plated with real gold, as those lamps made in solid gold are only found in private collections and renowned auctions.
Determining If Solid Brass or Not
Commodities advertised as brass, like jewellery and antiques, can be made from pure brass or coated with a thin layer of brass alloy. Unfortunately, some dealers fake the information of the items to sell them at high prices, only for the customers to find out that it’s only plated in brass. So for your assurance, it’s best to test if the item is made of pure brass or not before buying it.
You can find a lot of methods online on how to test if a product is made from solid brass. One of the most straightforward measures is by using a magnet. Solid brass is not magnetic, so holding a piece of a magnet against the item can clarify most tricks. If you encounter a magnetic pull, the most obvious reason is that the item is made of steel or cast iron and is only covered with brass plating.
Sometimes, this process does not guarantee complete authenticity, so it’s best to perform more testing. For example, if the magnet does not draw the item, the next test is to scratch the material with a sharp tool. If underneath the scratched area is a shiny yellow scratch, there’s a high chance that the item is indeed made of solid brass.
For our customers’ information, most of the brass table lamps in our collection are plated, coated, or painted with brass. Only a small portion has been made with pure brass material. You can check the description and specifications for the product to find if the brass table lamp that caught your eye is made from brass or if it only has a brass finish.
Choosing A Brass Table Lamp
Many brass table lamps in the market are machine-made, straight from the factories to produce streamlined eye-opener designs. However, there are still artisans and designers that advocate handmade brass bases and shades, completing imperfectly perfect table lamps that are unique and have their own individual styles.
No matter what production process did a brass lamp undergo, the factors that lamp buyers need to be concerned about are just a few: the purpose of the brass table lamp, its style, its size and height, its additional features, and the designated location for it.
All lighting fixtures and lamps, including pendant lights, wall lights, and chandeliers, are classified depending on their function in a room. Those that emit bright and scattered light are best used for ambient lighting, serving as the place's leading source for illumination. There are also task lights, directing light only at a specific area. Finally, accent lighting enhances the room's mood or highlights the location's furniture and decors. Brass table lamps in conventional forms are usually categorised under the first and third lighting classes, with those that have versatile bodies and release intense light labelled under the second group. Choose the desired purpose first when picking your next brass table lamp, as this will save you more time and effort in styling your space.
The height and size of your much-awaited brass table lamp are related to the location in which you'll put it. If you're going to place a table lamp near a sitting area, make sure that the bottom part of its shade is at the same level as the eye of a seated person. If the table lamp is set on a bedside table, the shade's bottom part should be aligned to your chin while sitting on the bed.
Suppose you already have a preferred brass table lamp, but its height does not follow the former tips. In that case, consider playing with the lamp's location on your countertop to find the right effect - move it away from the sofa if it's too tall or lay it close to the bed if it's short and stout. Moreover, if you're going to mix-n-match bases and shades, ensure that your chosen shade perfectly covers the interior of the lamp (socket and bulb).
Zest Lighting has amassed numerous brass table lamps that fit the styles of each design era. Bring home the art style that you love with our high-quality and weather-resistant brass table lamps, suitable for indoor and outdoor applications. Carefully read your desired table lamp's specifications for hassle-free and fast processing of orders. Send us your inquiries hereor read more about designer lights and common home lighting tips at our blog.
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