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Old 04-17-2015, 08:43 AM   #1
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Floor lamp with base that doesn't crumble over time


I have several floor lamps and they all have metal base covers. What's underneath though is a plastic mold filled with what looks like cement/concrete. The lamp bases can last up to more than a decade if they don't get moved or rarely get moved. But they do have to get moved when the floor is cleaned, and that's regularly. Floor lamps that get moved frequently last only a few years before their plastic and the cement inside crumbles.

Having to shell out $35-$60 every few years for a floor lamp is getting pretty tiring. I did fix a couple of floor lamps before by replacing the base filling with vinyl concrete and that worked out very well. But, I would prefer not to do any fixing if I can buy a floor lamp with a base that would not crumble and need to be replaced after a few years.

Has anyone purchased this elusive kind of floor lamp - no cement, concrete or plastic filling in the base? Are there floor lamps with solid wood or solid metal bases?

What have you done with your floor lamps once the base crumbled?
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Old 04-17-2015, 02:44 PM   #2
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Has anyone purchased this elusive kind of floor lamp - no cement, concrete or plastic filling in the base? Are there floor lamps with solid wood or solid metal bases?
Ayuh,.... That covers all the floor lamps I've got,....
Not that I Bought any of 'em,....

Mine all came outa dumpsters,...
The lamps are old enough, they've all got cast iron bases,....

Clean 'em up, alittle paint, rewire if necessary,....

Had one guy want his old lamp back, after I told 'im where mine came from,.....
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I would find some old style barbell weights at a "GARBAGE" sale that are made from cast iron, adapt the lamp pole to go into the weight hole and use that .

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I have never had that issue with floor lamps.



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A junked disk from a vehicle's disk brakes also makes a good heavy base for a lamp or anything. Put some rubber feet on it to keep it off the ground a bit.
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Thanks for the barbell weight suggestion but that is a lot more work than my current "replace with vinyl concrete" fix which takes less than an hour to do.

@Gregzoll - What's the brand of your floor lamps and where did you buy them? What are their bases made of?

My floor lamps get lifted and shifted at least once a week when I vacuum the floor. Some lamps get lifted and moved a lot more frequently for reading and DIY/craft work/tinkering. I think it's a pretty common problem since I've seen posts on other forums/sites complaining about floor lamp bases that crumbled. People, generally, just ditch the lamps.
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Re: Floor lamp with base that doesn't crumble over time


Maybe try the Brightech Eclipse LED lamp? The base is hard, sturdy, and feels very solid. I'm not 100% sure what it is made of, but it’s thin and small and very heavy so I assume it’s solid metal inside and out. The lamp pole is extremely thin too and is also made of metal so it can be moved quite easily without stumbling over. If you’re not into traditional base you can check out the Brightech Emma. It has 3 skinny wooden “legs” instead of a base and should not crumble when you move it because it’s quite lightweight. Just grab it on the upper side of the legs and you should be safe.
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