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The glamour and sparkle of glass lamps brings a special glow to a room, whether it’s indoors or outdoors. There are so many choices, how do you choose a table lamp, ceiling fixture or chandelier with a glass shade that works for your space? At Pottery Barn, we’ll guide you through the various types of glass light fixtures so you’ll never have to live with dark corners or shadowy ceilings again.

Recycled Glass

Pendants with recycled blown glass shades bring a warm, rustic style to any space. Some recycled glass shades have subtle green tints and curved silhouettes, and they’re crafted with inherent variations including bubbles and mottled textures to add character to each piece. Glass pendant shades look best when paired with filament bulbs that add vintage drama to a room.

Crystal Glass

Dozens of faceted glass crystals make up a chandelier, one of the most desired and ornate light fixtures available. Crystal chandeliers of any size add a multi-dimensional shimmer to rooms as the light cascades down and through the droplets on the fixtures. Most of the time, individual crystal droplets have to be attached to fixtures by hand.

Glass Bases

Cylindrical, curvy or stacked, glass bases bring a romantic tone when they’re sitting on a table. Glass bases come in varied thicknesses and finishes, each giving a different effect in a space. Thick, clear glass bases often have ribbed or textured edges, diffusing light as it shines down onto the base. Faceted crystal table lamp bases are hefty and have prismatic effects as it disperses light. Lamps with stacked glass bases appear as though orbs are sitting on top of one another for a gossamer effect. The thinner the glass, the more ethereal and airy the effect in a room. Some thin glass bases are crafted with subtle pastel hues, perfect for bedrooms where you can use the lamp to pick up the hues of your room’s small rugs. Glass bases with a hand-applied luster finish, which looks like translucent silver, add a polish to a space. A clear cord usually runs through the glass base of a table lamp.

Mercury Glass

Mercury glass, also known as silvered glass, is double-layered blown glass silvered between the edges and sealed. Mercury glass does not contain mercury or silver, but it does involve a sparkling silvering wash to attain the effect. Many bedside table lamp bases and pendant glass shades are crafted from mercury glass.

There’s nothing more magical than a glass lamp to light up a room. Place or hang these in front of wall mirrors to reflect the brilliance of the fixtures’ designs.