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The History Of The Piano Lamp

In the time before electricity people would play piano in the evening and in auditoriums by the light of a candle. It was not only dangerous but made it very hard to see the keyboard well enough to play great music. Another issue the musician had to deal with was the glare that came from the glowing candle, reducing their sight of the music and potentially causing severe eye strain. An inventor came up with a great idea and placed a cover on the back of a candle that reduced the glare and focused the light from the candle onto the piano keys and the sheet music in front of the player. The piano lamp was born.

When electricity became more popular and the light bulb came along it was not long afterward that the same issue regarding glare with the electric light bulb arose. The light bulb was much safer than the candle, to be sure, but the glare in the eyes of the piano player was rough on the eyes and caused a lot of strain for evening and auditorium players. The cover was then placed on the front of the light bulb to reduce the glare and the piano lamp light fixture was a staple for anyone who loved to play their piano in the evening.

There have been some ultra-fancy piano lamp that are called candelabras. These are multi-light arrangements that typically sit on top of grand pianos. They are very formal and a little bit on the expensive side, costing $200 to $1,000 dollars depending upon the style you are interested in purchasing. The candelabra is attractive, as most piano lamps are, but the main reason for having a piano lamp is still to display light on sheet music and the piano keyboard. piano lamps are not limited to use with grand pianos. They fit well on console, studio and upright pianos.

While most piano lamps are placed atop the piano at the center, several models are vertical lamps that raise from the floor. These models have advantages in that they can be arranged to display light from many angles at just about any height that the player wishes to have it be displayed. The main characteristics among different models of piano lamps is that they are all hooded to reduce the direct glare into the eyes of the player while lighting the keys of the piano. Many players purchase a piano lamp to further display their piano as a showcase of their house. The piano lamps can be beautiful as well as being very functional.

A piano lamp can come in lots of unique shapes and are made of many different materials. Brass and chrome are the better liked metals among consumers used to make a piano lamp. Many enameled surfaces are used in the manufacturing process to allow for more affordability and style.

The shelf style (sits on top of the piano) piano lamp is usually height adjustable, and many feature a weighted base to allow for increased stability. Many times the base is made of a more expensive and heavy product such as marble, to add beauty to the lamp as well as a great weight which serves the function. A very practical feature of a piano lamp is a counter-weighted arm, which many piano lamps have, preventing the lamp from getting top heavy regardless of its positional setting.

Piano lamps are produced to be either plug-in or battery-powered. Several companies also manufacture piano lamps that clip-on directly to the sheet music stand of a piano. These are most often used on grand pianos (called grand piano lamps ) but are also handy for upright and console pianos. An electric piano lamp is normally designed for either one or two light bulbs of 40-watts or less.

You can purchase piano lamps at furnishing stores, music stores or online. The price in US dollars of a piano lamp ranges from as low as forty to as high as hundreds of dollars. With all the varieties and styles available, rest assured you will find one to suit your tastes and your budget.

From their very inception, piano lamps have replaced the need to use candles to provide light and add a nice mood to a piano recital or concert. Modern piano lamps are much safer and can be even more beautiful than the nicest candelabras from times of old.