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If you are looking for advice on how to pack a lamp, it means that you are likely to move to a new house. Our congratulations! However, you are about to face a long highway of challenges. After all, the transportation of fragile elements is both difficult and stressful.

Some people make a decision to delegate the heavy job to professionals and turn to a moving and packing service. But this doesn’t guarantee that all your stuff will be delivered safely. The same can’t be said about our tips. Our ten packing hacks regarding lamps will definitely help you to transport your lamps safe and sound.

1. Think Whether You Really Need All the Lamps

Before you start to put all the lamps in the boxes and seal them with packing tape, it’s better to consider whether you really need all the lamps. Very often, people take many unnecessary things that they will never use in a new house. That’s why it’s better to make up a well-thought-out packing list.

2. Packing Materials

Before you start to unplug all the lamps and put them in the boxes, you need to buy all the necessary packing materials. They include:

  • Packing boxes – if you have original boxes from your lamp, use it. If not, you can borrow some in the electronics shop.
  • Soft packing paper
  • Masking and packing tape
  • Cable ties
  • Permanent markers
  • Protection – foam sheets, bubble wrap.

3. Prepare Lamps for Moving

The rule is simple. You have to transport a lamp in pieces. It means that the lighting fixture must be unplugged, and light bulbs and the harp removed. Also, pack lampshades for moving separately. Moreover, don’t forget to cover the metal prongs on the cord with some bubble wrap or foam. This will prevent scratches on the lamp base. If you have LED light, it would be easier to remove and reinstall it, they’re not like usual lights which need permanent fixtures, specially for LED strip lights. Similarly, you need to know to pack, move and re-stick them appropriately when moving.

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4. Pay Special Attention While Packing Lamp Bases

A lamp base is the first thing to take care of. First of all, prepare appropriate moving boxes. Then wrap the base and place it into the padded box. You can out several bases in one box. It’s better to place harps and finials there, as well.

5. Secure the Lamp Cable

It’s vital to pack a lamp so that the cable is stored and transported securely. Therefore, you have to use the right approach. You can wrap it around the base and secure it with tape if this is possible. Keep in mind that you mustn’t wrap it too tight or too loose.

6. Don’t Forget the Label

Labeling is vital when moving from one house to another. You will have a whole truck (or maybe several trucks) with furniture, clothes, and other stuff. How will you know what is in the boxes without opening them? You can read the labels. For fragile stuff, it’s better to add the appropriate label – “FRAGILE”.

7. Seal the Boxes Tightly

You have to always remember that you are moving fragile elements in the boxes. Therefore, they must be sealed tightly. Anything can happen on the way to the location. If the box opens, the lamp may get damaged.

8. Wrap Light Bulbs Individually

When you pack fragile items for moving (for example, light bulbs), you should pack them separately. This is especially relevant for light bulbs. For that, it’s better to use special boxes where each bulb will be placed into a separate unit. This will prevent them from getting destroyed during transportation.

9. Pack Lamps in Advance

One of the most general moving tips is to pack in advance. This is especially true when we are talking about such fragile elements like lamps. This usually requires much time. Packing lamps in a hurry may lead to undesirable consequences. To put it in a nutshell, you can easily break them.

10. Use Protection

The main rule that helps to ensure secure transportation is to leave zero free space in the package box. That’s why it’s advisable to use bubble wrap, towels, or blankets. You can also protect lamps with packing paper. Just wrap all the elements in it before placing them into the boxes. This will facilitate storage and transportation.

As you can see, there is nothing difficult about packing lamps. All you have to do is to ensure the safety of the fragile elements. For that, it’s better to wrap every piece separately. However, even if you do everything correctly, after successful moving you may still have lighting quality issues. To fix the problem, you may seek the advice of lighting installation professionals.

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