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Table lamps from Schoolhouse Electric.

I’m sure everyone and their blogger-brother will be talking about these new lamps from Portland-based Schoolhouse Electric over the next few days (or maybe they already are—I’m weeks behind on blog-reading, so I apologize if this is all old news!), but I can’t resist mentioning them as well because they are just SO perfect. Schoolhouse Electric is such a great company (we have their Truman sconces & Alabax surface-mount lamp in our downstairs bathroom, and their Benedict lamp in our bedroom) and their fixtures are top-quality. I can’t recommend them highly enough. They’ve just introduced a new line of table lamps, and these are my favorites from the collection:

Super nice, right? I love that you can choose from five different colors of cloth-covered twist cords for the ones with visible wiring—that’s such a nice touch. My eyeballs and greed-finger are all over the place right now, but I’m looking really seriously at the Ion Black. We’ve been needing a little bedside reading lamp for the apartment, and I think this might be just the thing…especially with an Edison bulb.

All photos courtesy of Schoolhouse Electric

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  • Reply Lori Andrews May 12, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    I saw them this morning, mentioned them to my client in Portland. and voila! she will be getting one :)

  • Reply tara May 12, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Great lamps. Love the poster behind the first lamp photo. It is former Portland mayor, Bud Clark. Imagine having a mayor who is uninhibited enough to do a slightly risque photo like that.

  • Reply moparbrownstoner May 12, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Very cute. What are we all going to do when incandescent bulbs are phased out Jan. 1? Think of the hotels and restaurants that will be affected.

    • Reply Anna @ D16 May 12, 2011 at 6:45 pm

      Low-wattage Edison bulbs won’t be affected by the phasing out of certain types of incandescent bulbs. The output from the highest-wattage Edison bulb is only about 20 watts. I’m copying this from Wikipedia—it’s an accurate explanation of exactly what is and isn’t going to change:

      In December 2007, many of these state efforts became moot when the federal government enacted the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which requires all general-purpose light bulbs that produce 310–2600 lumens of light be 30% more energy efficient (similar to current halogen lamps) than current incandescent bulbs by 2012 to 2014. The efficiency standards will start with 100-watt bulbs in January 2012 and end with 40-watt bulbs in January 2014.

      Light bulbs outside of this range are exempt from the restrictions (historically, less than 40 Watts or more than 150 Watts). Also exempt are several classes of specialty lights, including appliance lamps, rough service bulbs, 3-way, colored lamps, and plant lights.

      By 2020, a second tier of restrictions would become effective, which requires all general-purpose bulbs to produce at least 45 lumens per watt (similar to current CFLs). Exemptions from the Act include reflector flood, 3-way, candelabra, colored, and other specialty bulbs.

  • Reply elsie May 12, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    that’s it. that’s what I’ve been searching for and I didn’t even know it! THANK YOU Anna!

  • Reply Bron May 12, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    What gorgeous lamps! Love them!

  • Reply Cai May 12, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    ACH! These are perfect.. I love the rare occasion when products that you’re looking for actually exist. I mean, I really hate lampshades, and I was having a hard time making my lamps look good naked, even with Edison bulbs. Thank you for showing us!

  • Reply Monica May 13, 2011 at 1:58 am

    Love! Want!

  • Reply Anne May 13, 2011 at 2:57 am

    These are some seriously cool lamps.

  • Reply anne b. May 13, 2011 at 8:43 am

    supercool lamps! the first two remind me a little of those beautiful bauhaus table lamps, but with a slightly different vibe.

  • Reply L May 13, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Thanks for the link to Edison bulbs! I need a pair, and didn’t know they existed. How far behind the times is that?

    • Reply Anna @ D16 May 13, 2011 at 9:54 am

      Haha, I think about 125 years or so. :D

  • Reply Megan May 13, 2011 at 11:37 am

    This just makes me even prouder to be a Portlander.

  • Reply Lornna Olson May 13, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Theses are too cool for school!! I love them !

  • Reply vosgesparis May 13, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    I love the styling in these pictures ;)

  • Reply Nina May 13, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Sooo nice! I want the one from the first picture or (and!) the Ion in white with a red cord. Why can’t I have them all? ;)

  • Reply superbean May 14, 2011 at 12:36 am

    *want! want! want!*

    ps: if i get, i will tell everyone i offically saw it first here!

  • Reply Nicole Franzen May 15, 2011 at 10:13 am

    ooohhhh i wantttttttt

  • Reply Rachel Kay May 15, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Oh wow, they’re gorgeous! I just did a post last week about a couple of FerroWatt bulbs I picked up in Dublin. Think these bulbs are illegal over here now because of their inefficiency, but they are so darn nice!
    I was wondering where I was going to use them, but one of these lamps would be perfect!

  • Reply Laura May 15, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Just read the story behind the poster brilliant.

  • Reply Sahar May 15, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Love that first one for my nightstand, it doesn’t look too bright so it might be okay.

  • Reply Amanda May 15, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Ah, they’re awesome.
    Thanks for sharing.
    So pretty!

  • Reply courtney May 16, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    oh these are so very cool. i love them all. i want the one in the first image.

  • Reply olivier May 24, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Très Chouette …!
    ;-). Bonjour de France…

  • Reply amanda heer/brooch bouquets June 6, 2011 at 10:50 am

    love your style

  • Reply brandeye June 23, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    it’s not often that i see table lamps that i love, but these i LOVE!

  • Reply fwtistika orofhs May 11, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    I really love your blog.. Great colors & theme. Did you make this website yourself?
    Please reply back as I’m planning to create my own personal website and would love to learn where you got this from or exactly what the theme is named. Thank you!

    • Reply Anna @ D16 May 11, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      Please read the FAQ page. Thanks!

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