Electric lamps serve many purposes in a home, from lighting to creating an ambience. They can also add a very dramatic mood to a home, so they are excellent decorations. Little wonder that there are so many different kinds of lamps on sale in town. Here is a guide on what lamp to use and where to buy it.
Most homes in Kampala use incandescent bulbs. These cost between sh500 and sh1,000, but they give off a discomfiting glare and heat. They are only fit for places that require short bursts of light, say the toilet.
Energy-saver fluorescent bulbs, which cost sh8,000 at Nakasero, are the ideal treat for any home that does not have means to buy more exquisite lamps.
â€œMore people are buying chandeliers for their living rooms and bedrooms,â€ says Vivian Muwonge, a sales executive at Sebaggala and Sons Electro Centre. Chandeliers come in all sorts of exquisite designs and colours. Some are round and flame-shaped in orange and sky-blue colours. These will definitely add to the beauty of your home. Chandeliers go for between sh60,000 and sh180,000 at Sebaggala and Sons Electro Centre. Fotodiastasis on Garden City sells pendant lamps, which hang from the ceiling, just like chandeliers, for sh560,000 a set. They are ideal for any space that has glass decor.
Hand-made Greek lamps go for sh4.5million a set at Fotodiastasis, but they are worth it since a set consists of several chandeliers, wall lamps and lamp stands.
You might want to have a reading lamp for your desk. Reading lamps cost sh15,000 and above. If you enjoy reading in bed, you should have a lamp that gives you enough light without hurting your eyes. Buy a subdued lamp from the Iranian Permanent Trade Centre on Jinja Road for up to sh180,000. These have beautiful lampshades made out of fabric, clear, frosted or stained glass. So, even if the bulb is off, the lamp will keep up the decor.
Are you looking for more lamps to decorate your home? There are those sh1,000 strips that are often hawked around the Old Taxi Park by twilight.
You could also decorate your room with a dolphin night lamp from Game Shopping Mall at Lugogo for sh38,800. The decorative lamps at Fotodiastasis are shaped in the form of wine glasses and they come in pleasant shades like blue, green and yellow. They cost sh95,000 a piece.
Outdoor lamps should be closed all the time because they can easily attract dust and flies.
SHINE YOUR HOME WITH DECORATIVE LAMPS