Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Why don't they melt?
A. Because of the low-wattage light bulbs, which give out plenty of light but little heat. We normally use a 11watt bulb which gives the equivalent of 60 watts of light. These bulbs also last up to 10 times as long as an ordinary tungsten. They cannot be used with dimmer switches.
Q. What heat can they withstand?
A. Up to 60ºC. (157ºF.) air temperature. Avoid direct sunlight and radiant heat from say, gas or electric fires.
Q. How long does it take to make the lampshades?
A. The actual lampshades take about a week -quick time- but the pieces that make up the shade can take several weeks. The shades are 11-layer laminates with the wax as a middle layer. The wax is about 2mm thick.
Q Can the shades be used with ordinary light bulbs?
A Only the uplighters, maximum 60 watts.
Q Are they really the only wax lampshades in the world?
A Yes, the techniques and materials have been slowly developed over the last 20 years.