I like a well-designed reading lamp with a silk shade as much as the next housekeeper, but a tinny hardware store shop light with the right bulb in it sheds rays that are just as useful as those from a cast pewter base.
One of the principal rooms on the main floor of the house has morphed into a working studio. I light key areas with two-bit clamp-on UL lamps with bakelite sockets. For Christmas dinner, I tuck the shop lights away and bring out candlesticks.
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