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What is a clip-on ceiling shade?

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A clip-on ceiling shade is a decorative covering that easily affixes to overhead lighting that consists of a single light bulb. The shades come in many styles, both modern and antique, and in a variety of colors.

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Clip-on ceiling shades can be purchased from a number of stores, including Home Depot, Amazon and eBay. As of September 2014, eBay offers a range of options and price ranges, from an antique, pink plastic clip-on shade from the middle 20th century for $15 to a linen floral pendant clip-on shade for $24.90.

Overhead lighting works well as general lighting for a large space, while lamps on floors and tables work best for illuminating specific tasks, such as reading or sewing. Dimmer switches can be added to overhead light sources to customize brightness levels. Energy-efficient bulbs, including LEDs and compact fluorescent bulbs, save energy and come in many brightness levels. Overhead lights brighten the entire space, bringing it to a uniform level of light. They are often used in kitchens, dining rooms, bathrooms and bedrooms.

Light fixtures, including those in a ceiling, include a body and a socket to hold a bulb. Fixtures sometimes have switches to control the light, and they must connect to a source of power.

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