Where Can I Find a Shade for Bankers Lamps?

Updated February 21, 2017

Electric bankers lamps are desktop task-lighting fixtures that have been used since the 1800s. Traditionally the shade is made of moulded glass with a green external glass or enamel coating. Replacement shades are available at many online and local lighting stores.

The Right Shade

Before purchasing a replacement shade for your bankers lamp, inspect the lamp and note any information that may be engraved or moulded into the lamp, such as maker or model number. Measure the distance between the screws that hold the lampshade in place.

Local Sources

Local lighting shops may have replacement shades for bankers lamps. When shopping locally, it is a good idea to bring the lamp base to the lighting store to ensure a proper fit of the lampshade on the base. If it is not possible to transport the lamp, bring information about the lamp, as well as photographs taken of the lamp from different angles.

Online Resources

If possible, contact the lamp's maker for an exact replica of the original shade. To replace a vintage lampshade, contact online companies that specialise in reproduction or replacement parts for antique or vintage lamps. Use noted lamp information and measurements to select a replacement shade that will fit your lamp.

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Denise Nyland "Denisen" is a long term resident of Panama City, Fla. She studied radiologic sciences and education and has published articles in multiple professional journals and contributed to various educational texts.