Lampshade Glossary

This glossary is designed to help you understand the terms used in the manufacture of lampshades. You can click on the definitions you need to get to the appropriate page. If you can't find what you need, we are only a click away.

  • Drop: Distance between the top or bottom of the lampshade up to the fitter.
  • Fitter: Metal part that attaches the shade to the lamp. See the list here.
  • Bracket: Metal part usually made from a piece of flat metal. It is used to attach the shade to the lamp or to support a diffuser.  See the list here..
  • Diffuser: A lens that diffuses the light below the shade. Usually found on suspended lampshades. It can be made of fabric or acrylic.


For other definitions:

All types of fitters
Lampshade Socket Types
Light Bulb Types
Types of Edges Finishes & Tissues


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