Desk lamps get their name because of their use
in business applications, providing very specific directed light downwards in a very small
area. The style was
first introduced in the early 1900's when when electricity was fast becoming
widespread in America. The primary consideration for choosing a
desk lamp and its shade is finding one that will accommodate a high wattage bulb
and will focus the light downwards.
Half Shades / Pharmacy Shades