Lamp Shade Carrier And How To Use One

09/07/2012 0 Comment(s)

The lamp shade carrier (also known as a lamp shade support or gimble) is designed for the purpose of holding the lamp shade in place when the lamp shade in question has the large duplex 11 cm ring fitting. These lamp shade carriers come in various sizes which will allow you to control the height of the lamp shade when it is sitting on top of a base. We sell them in the following sizes 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 inches.



What size of shade carrier do I need?


This is the most common question we get asked and here we will try to explain how to get your lamp shade fitting perfectly on your base. You will need to measure the height of the lamp shade from the duplex ring to the base. To do this you will need to place the lamp shade on a flat surface. Next take a tape measure or ruler and measure the distance between the duplex ring and the flat surface the lamp shade is sitting on. The shade carrier size you will need is this measurement minus 1.5 – 2 inches (4 cm – 5 cm). This will leave the lamp shade sitting around two inches below the bulb holder ensuring the bulb holder can’t be seen, leaving your lamp shade sitting perfectly on your base.



From the above example the measurement is around 7 inches therefore I would use a 5 or 6 inch lamp shade carrier.



In the example above the lamp shade carrier used is 5 inches tall. As you can see from this example the lamp shade frame is sitting on top of the shade carrier therefore, the base of the lamp shade frame finishes sitting approximately 2 inches below the bulb holder. If your lamp shade has a fringe you may want to use a taller carrier dependent on the length of the fringe.


Will The Lamp Shade Carrier Fit On My Bulb Holder?


Most new lamp shade bases are now fitted with the larger European 45 mm bulb holders. We have all our lamp shade carriers made with this 45 mm size fitting, we then clip a reducer ring in the middle which reduces the hole size to the 29 mm therefore meaning it will fit a standard UK bulb holder. This reducer ring can easily be removed to convert it back to the 45 mm hole size simply by un-clipping it.



The lamp shade carrier on the left has the reducer ring fitted and the one on the right is without the lampshade reducer ring.


What is a Duplex Ring fitting?


A duplex ring fitting is 11 cm in diameter and is in the center of a lampshade. The reason some lampshades are made with this size of fitting is so you can have the lampshade sitting higher or lower on its base. Also it is easier to lift it off its base for cleaning etc. Another reason for the duplex ring fitting is so you can have the lampshade hanging from the ceiling with a spider fitting.


Can We Help?


If you'd like to purchase a lamp shade carrier or accessory, please visit our online store at or contact one of our friendly staff on 01204 414366 for more information.