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Outdoor Lamp Faq

  1. What is an outdoor lamp?
  2. Can I use my Outdoor Lamp indoors?
  3. What is the difference between lamp shade materials?
  4. How do I clean my outdoor lamp?
  5. What is an outdoor floor lamp?
  6. What is an outdoor table top lamp?
  7. Do you make repairs?
  8. Is my outdoor lamp 100% weather proof?
  9. Will my lamp shade fade in the sun?
  10. What type of outdoor lamp is best for me?
  11. Can I add weight to the base of my lamp?

1. What is an outdoor lamp?
Everyone knows what a lamp is, so the easy way to explain what an outdoor lamp is would be by explaining the differences between an indoor and outdoor lamp. Below is a list of features that characterize an outdoor lamp:

  1. Transparent plastic protective cover that shields the bulb and socket from outside liquid and debris.
  2. A weight base to prevent the lamp from toppling over in the wind.
  3. The lamp shade is made from a water and UV-resistant material
  4. The cord is longer to accommodate for distance to an outlet
  5. UL® (Underwriters Laboratories) tested and approved for damp areas
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2. Can I use my Outdoor Lamp indoors?
Absolutely! Your Outdoor Lamp will work just fine inside. You can remove the protective bulb/socket cover, as it is not necessary indoors.

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3. What is the difference between lamp shade materials?
All lamp shades from Outdoor Lamps Only are 100% outdoor safe. Our finest material is Sunbrella, the premier outdoor fabric on today’s market. But our other outdoor shade fabrics are also highly durable and weather-resistant.

Sunbrella Fabric

  • 100% Solution-dyed acrylic fabric that will withstand sun, wind, rain and mildew
  • Water-repellant finish (hinders the penetration of water)
  • Tested to provide 98% protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays
  • Acclaimed as the foremost provider of outdoor fabric
  • 3 Year warranty against fading
  • Great for commercial or frequent use

PVC Wicker

  • The same great look as Wicker Wood
  • 100% Waterproof hardened plastic
  • Will withstand years in the sunlight without fading
  • Resistant to wind, rain and mildew
  • Great for commercial or frequent use

Aluminum

  • Resists rust and UV fading
  • Built specifically for our heat lamps
  • Great for commercial or frequent use
  • Has a great aesthetic look with a beautiful finish

Polyester-Cotton Blend

  • Water-repellant finish (hinders the penetration of water)
  • Great for commercial or frequent use
  • A great economical alternative to the higher price acrylic fabric
  • UV resistant from fading

Plastic Weave

  • The same great look as Wicker Wood
  • 100% Waterproof plastic
  • Will withstand years in the sunlight without fading
  • Resistant to wind, rain and mildew
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4. How do I clean my outdoor lamp?
Start with a damp cloth to wipe down excess dust and dirt on the shade and body. This will take off most if not all dirt. If dirt and blemishes persist, use soapy warm water and clean cloth. Stay clear of using any abrasive materials and harsh cleaning chemicals, as these cleaning agents could potentially damage your outdoor lamp. If your lamp shade is made from Sunbrella Acrylic or Outdora and you have a stain that will not come out, mix together 1 cup of bleach, ¼ cup mild soap and 1 gallon of water. With a soft-bristle brush, scrub the soiled area, then allow the mixture 15 minutes to soak into the fabric.

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5. What is an outdoor floor lamp?

The term Outdoor Floor Lamp means that the lamp is designed to be placed directly on the floor. Floor Lamps are usually at least 40 inches high and have weighted bases to keep them from toppling over in the wind. They have a great look and provide great backyard ambiance.

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6. What is an outdoor table top lamp?

The term Outdoor Table Lamp refers to a lamp that is designed to be used on a table top or some supporting surface. Table Lamps tend to be around 30 inches tall or smaller and to be effective they need to be placed higher. Like floor lamps, table lamps are also designed with weighted base to keep them from toppling. This style lamp can add the perfect luminesces to your bistro table or end table.

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7. Do you make repairs?
No, but if there is a problem with something you purchased, let us know and we will take care of it.

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8. Is my outdoor lamp 100% weather proof?
Although outdoor lamps are built with features to protect them from Mother Nature, no lamp is 100% weather proof. We recommend that if conditions outside are very windy or severe, bring your lamp inside. Outdoor lamps have weighted bases but will topple over or even take flight in windy conditions. To prolong the life of your outdoor lamp be sure to store it away during inclement weather.

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9. Will my lamp shade fade in the sun?
Yes, but only gradually after years of exposure in the sun. Your lamp is designed to be use outdoors as are the materials it is made from. Sunbrella offers a 3 year warranty against fading.

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10. What type of outdoor lamp is best for me?
There are two major factors to consider when purchasing outdoor lamps: functionality and appearance. Outdoor Table and Floor Lamps include lamp shades. The rugged Sunbrella and other outdoor-approved fabrics used in these shades limit the luminescence of their light sources, making them best for lighting intimate spaces, such as a single table or grouping of chairs. It’s best to have general idea of where you are planning on using your outdoor lamp as this will help purchase the lamp that will best suite your requirements. Of course you are planning on using it outdoors but a few questions you should keep in mind during your buying process are:

  • Am I planning on using this lamp on a table top?
  • How far is the nearest outlet?
  • Is it a windy area?
  • Am I planning on leaving this lamp outside all the time
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11. Can I add weight to the base of my lamp?
In most cases, yes! Call us for more information.

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