Friday, February 15, 2019

Aladdin Lamp Chimneys Explained

Aladdin Lamps have been a pinnacle of kerosene lighting for 100+ years. They combined a central draft wick burner with a mantle cap to make an exceptionally bright light. Then they combined the innovative lighting with the design of period inspired colors and styles; calling each lamp a "model". Collectors and enthusiast couldn't get enough.


If you plan to travel down the Rabbit hole of Aladdin parts, tell a friend or relative where you are going so they can help you get back. But with all the complex and ornate details of Aladdin, there is one thing that is simple: the chimney.

Aladdin Heelless Chimney
When it comes to Aladdin chimneys, there are only 2 choices for after 100 years: Heelless or Lox-on. And if that is not simple enough, you don't get to choose the chimney you want. It depends on the lamp's gallery and the chimney it requires. To demonstrate, we have prepared a short video:

Best of luck to all Aladdin users and enthusiast.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Table Lamp Shade Replacement With a Plastic Socket and Ring

A customer brought in a table lamp the other day needing a new lamp shade. The old shade was cracked and faded. This lamp came from a big box store. Specifically, this lamp came from a Swedish furniture store; if you get the IDEA. The shade was worn out and the inside liner was busted. The customer thought the size and shape was still good so they only wanted to replace the shade.

After a quick inspection of the lamp, we determined the socket, cord, switch and other general lamp parts were in good working order. The shade on the lamp had arms from the top of the shade to a ring in the middle. The ring fit over the shell of the socket and was held in place with a retention ring.

Since this lamp maker served the European market, we needed a harp saddle to fit where that shade's ring connected to the socket. Antique Lamp Supply offers a harp saddle designed to fit on Nord and GU24 sockets with retention rings.

Harp Base for GU24 and Nord Sockets
With this harp saddle we were able to add a traditional harp to the lamp and use a typical washer fitter shade with a finial.

Now the lamp avoids the landfill and no one has to be concerned with the busted and worn out lamp shade.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Don't Get Cross (Bar) With Me

Oh the beloved crossbar. We really take these things for granted though every ceiling fixture needs one. When you purchase a fixture from a store, the cross bar is included. If you grab a fixture from a garage sale, second hand shop, or online where the condition isn't "new", the crossbar is no guarantee.

Luckily, we now have the internet with an endless supply of niche shops offering specialty items to keep those antiques, vintage, and second hand items in top shape. Antique Lamp Supply offers most types of common crossbars on the market. From universal, round, to swivel; we carry them all.

3-7/8" to 5" All Purpose Crossbar

" Steel, Universal Circle Crossbar with 8-32 ground screw

We also carry a selection of kits with crossbars and their hardware.

Black Screw Collar Loop Canopy Hardware Set

A short video.