Lamp Shade Diffuser

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If you love your lamp but feel the light it gives out is too bright, a lamp shade diffuser will do exactly what it says it will – diffuse your lamp. Sometimes, rooms need a relaxing ambiance rather than a headache-inducing fluorescent light. With a lampshade diffuser, you won’t need to purchase a new bulb or replace the shade that matches your space perfectly. Our design experts have picked out some of the very best lampshade diffusers so your home feels cozier than ever.

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Updated 04/10/2022
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Simple Lamp Shade with Diffuser 

Simple Lamp Shade with Diffuser 

San Martin Design

Made from polypropylene, this diffuser is strong and flexible, so you can ensure it fits your shade properly. It has eight size options, starting at 8.5 and finishing at 17.5 inches. Each diffuser is cut in Montreal to ensure a precise cut. 

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Classic Lampshade Diffuser

Classic Lampshade Diffuser

B&P Lamp

This diffuser comes in five sizes, from 9.5 to 17.5 inches, meaning it will suit most lampshades. Featuring a simple modern design with a bright white finish, it is made from acrylic. Moreover, it is designed to reflect light downwards. 

Designer Advice:

The understated design of this diffuser will match most fabric shades and blend in seamlessly. It would be an especially useful purchase for a bedroom, as nobody wants to feel a headache while reading in bed. We think it would best suit a cream or beige shade for a versatile warm neutral look.

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Drum Lamp Shade Bottom Diffuser

Drum Lamp Shade Bottom Diffuser

Designed to work with drum lamp shades, this diffuser can be mounted on the top or bottom of a shade. Crafted from translucent acrylic, the frosted matte finish will also help to block harsh light. It would fit an 18 or 19-inch lampshade best.

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Vintage Lamp Shade Diffuser

Vintage Lamp Shade Diffuser

This diffuser lamp is a genuine vintage piece, measuring just over four inches tall and 8.5 inches wide. Originating from the 1960s, it is crafted from milk glass and has a traditional milky white finish with a mid-century modern vibe.

Designer Advice:

Add vintage charm to your living room with this diffuser shade. It is much less dull than a traditional diffuser disc, and its clever design will effectively filter bright light while adding depth and texture to your space. We recommend pairing it with mid-brown furniture and traditional tapered pieces like a dresser or bar cabinet for a sophisticated mid-century modern look.

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Geometric Lamp Shade with Diffuser

Geometric Lamp Shade with Diffuser

The shape of this lamp shade will naturally diffuse light for a pleasant ambiance. It features a chic geometric design that rotates to create a unique lighting experience. Crafted from birch and hardwood plywood, it has five color options, including brown and gold.

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Lamp Shade Diffuser

Buying Guide

If the light coming out from your lampshade is too bright for your liking, then you'll need the services of a lamp shade diffuser. This type of lamp addition is designed to manipulate the light that is coming out from any lampshade.

Varying types will produce different results. Some will "dampen' the brightness, will others allow for a patterned shadow to be cast. On the downside, the varieties can often be a source of confusion for the inexperienced shopper. To make the task more manageable, this article is going to be a buying guide for lamp shade diffusers.

The first thing that you need to be aware of is the shape of your lampshade. The usual shapes for a lampshade diffuser are circle and square. Naturally, you'd want to pick a circle-shaped diffuser if your lampshade is round. Same goes if you have a square lampshade.

If your lampshade has an "irregular" shape, then your options may be very limited. Once you have the right shape, you also need to get the right size. If it's too small or too large, then it won't fit properly. Most of the time, lampshade diffuser sizes are expressed in terms of diameter.

To find the right size, you must first decide if you want to place the diffuser on the top or bottom. You don't have to do this step if you have a drum-type lampshade. For other types of lampshades, it's likely that the top and the bottom parts don't have the same diameter. Thus, you need to measure the diameter and shop accordingly.

There are different types of lampshade diffusers, and it's best that you know the varieties so you'll have a better idea on what to look for. The popular types include Foamex, translucent polypropylene, floral, louvered, and fabric.

  • Foamex diffusers typically come in white color. Because of its opacity, it's an excellent option if you want to block more of the light.
  • Translucent polypropylene, by far, is the most popular type. It blocks some of the light, but not completely which makes it a good choice for many homeowners.
  • Floral lampshade diffusers come with a cutout design that usually mimics the petals of a flower. They’re designed to cast off a shadow that has more of a floral vibe to it.
  • Louvered is another lampshade diffuser that comes with a cutout design. Usually, the pattern comes with layered circles within the diffuser. It's a design that exuberates sophistication and classiness.
  • The fabric diffuser is made from a piece of cloth. It usually comes with a wire in a shape of a circle, and it's meant to support the fabric. The transparency of the fabric largely depends on the color and the type of material used.

The best way to make your shopping task less confusing is by knowing how to filter out options that don't apply to your situation. With the key points mentioned above, you should be able to narrow down your choices so you'll end up with a list that is much more manageable.

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Edward lamp shade with diffuser dar lighting

Edward Lamp Shade With Diffuser - Dar Lighting

Drum shade diffuser

An interesting aesthetic large cylindrical modern lampshade of robust plain dark blue fabric with geometric perforation causing light is dispersed. It has a frame of metal wires and reinforced edges.

Lamp shade diffuser 1

Suitable for enhancing contemporary homes and offices, this lamp shade diffuser comes with a ceiling-mount design and a drum shape. With such an oversized light fixture, your room will be drowning in warm, yellow light.

Modern Ceiling Light, 18" Classic 3-Light Drum Pendant Chandelier, Grey Drum Shade, Round Frosted Acrylic Diffuser, Lamps for Living Room

Modern Ceiling Light, 18" Classic 3-Light Drum Pendant Chandelier, Grey Drum Shade, Round Frosted Acrylic Diffuser, Lamps for Living Room

For a modern, clean-lined aesthetic, this 18” drum ceiling light is the right choice. This shade style gives you the bright light you need without glare. This shade’s minimalistic style makes it great for any room, and the 3-color selection offers plenty of choice for decor.

Lamp shade diffuser 2

Ceiling lamp in neutral form. It is covered with fabric and finished with interesting pattern. Great as the main source of light in any room. Received many positive recommendations from clients.

Vintage Torchiere Diffuser 6 1 2 Lamp Shade Waffle Pattern White Milk Glass

Vintage Torchiere Diffuser 6 1 2 Lamp Shade Waffle Pattern White Milk Glass

This amazing 6 1/2" lamp shade diffuser ccan be a great solution for overflowing your room with warmth and coziness. The difusser is designed of white milk glass and adorned with a tasteful waffle pattern.

Lamp shade diffuser 3

UMFORS Shade IKEA You can create a soft, cozy atmosphere in your home with a textile shade that spreads a diffused and decorative light.

12" H Linen Drum Lamp Shade (Spider)

12" H Linen Drum Lamp Shade (Spider)

This neutrally-shaded drum lamp shade is the ideal choice for a fixture to suit any decor style. It won’t clutter your space or impose a strong style on your pre-existing decor. Composed of natural linen and cotton, this is a well-sized 12” x 16” x 16” shade design.

6" Bell Lamp Shade

6" Bell Lamp Shade

It is a classic lamp shade that is available in two colors: beige and bronze. It adds style and beauty to your home. You will be impressed how amazing this lamp shade is. You need to have it.

5" H Silk/Shantung Empire Lamp Shade ( Clip On )

5" H Silk/Shantung Empire Lamp Shade ( Clip On )

Add subtle nuance to any room with this 6” clip-on lamp shade. Coming in an empire shape, with pleated silk Shantung fabric and a solid hue, this lamp shade offers simple style and diffuse light throughout your living space. No matter your home decor, this lamp shade will be a perfect match.

Lamp shade diffuser 18

RISMON Shade IKEA The textile shade provides a diffused and decorative light.

5" H Faux leather Empire Lamp Shade ( Clip On ) in Brown

5" H Faux leather Empire Lamp Shade ( Clip On ) in Brown

Bring a natural, outdoorsy feel to your home with this set of five faux leather lamp shades. These empire shape shades have an authentic texture—looking naturally finished and aged—and are enhanced by the sewn rope trim detailing. Quickly change the look of your candelabra light fixture with this earth-toned set.

Diffuser lamp

Simple and very effective shade diffuser lamps are a perfect combination of interesting details and beautiful materials. The whole works great in romantic and cozy interiors, adding to their lightness.

Diffuser light shade

With this charming lamp shade diffuser, your room will be oozing with warm light and romantic atmosphere. The shade is designed of a quality yellow fabric with white lining - all supported by a white-finished metal frame.

Floor lamp diffuser

Unusual and fascinating shade diffuser lamp is an impressive finish for the lamp. The whole allows to create a throbbing and very pleasant atmosphere in the interior, and delicate material adds subtlety.

Lamp shade diffuser 10

IKEA - UTNÄS, Lamp shade, Create your own personalised pendant or floor lamp by combining the lamp shade with your choice of cord set or base.You can create a soft, cosy atmosphere in your home with a textile shade that spreads a diffused and decorative

Lamp shade diffuser 7

NYFORS Table lamp IKEA Dimmer function allows the light intensity to be adjusted. Fabric shade gives a diffused and decorative light.

Frosted lamp shade diffuser

Frosted Lamp Shade Diffuser

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Acrylic lamp shade diffusers choice of 6 sizes antique

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