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February 27, 2005

Medusa Lamp


I ordered one a couple weeks ago; it arrived earlier this week.

I didn't mention it when I bought it because I really did not understand how such a wonderful looking lamp — six flexible sconces, three-way switch, bulbs included, the whole shebang — could possibly be priced at $90 retail and be any good.


I thought for sure the quality would be poor.

I was wrong.

It came dissassembled, as expected: I mean, it's nearly six feet tall.

I put it together in about 15 minutes without reading the instructions, always a good sign: my first surprise came when I felt how heavy the metal was and how smoothly the pieces screwed together: nice, precise metal fabrication.


Even better, though, was how it worked: two of the six 25W sconces light when you want low light; four for medium; and they all turn on for 150W on high.

The necks flex anywhere/how/way you like.

The lamp is beautiful.

For over a year I've been wanting to replace a torchiere that simply died of old age but I couldn't find just the right one.


Until now.

Want a different color combination than one of each as pictured?

Or maybe broke a sconce?

Not to worry.

They also sell the sconces individually for $7 apiece.

Oh, yeah, the answer to the question I raised at the beginning: how they could bring this lamp in for $90?


Made in China.

No longer a synonym for cheesiness, the mighty country is proving it can produce world-class products at an unbeatable price.

February 27, 2005 at 09:01 AM | Permalink


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You can buy the replacement sconces for the Medusa Lamp at MPO Designs

They also sell the
Medusa Floor Lamp for only $73.50

Posted by: Mark O'Farrell | Nov 7, 2005 10:14:49 AM

does anybody know where or how to get the replacements for the colored globes on the medusa lamp? i broke 3.... oops. thanks, billy -- [email protected]

Posted by: billy Jonas | Oct 25, 2005 10:02:07 AM

Just like clif, I got mine at Target, but on clearance. Was $24.

Cool lamps though, no matter where you get them.

Just don't let your roommate (www.tarapfeifer.com) help you put it together. :)

Posted by: Neill | Feb 27, 2005 3:38:04 PM

I have 2 of these at home. I prefer the white shades to the motley arrayed shades. Its pretty nice because it looks good and you can position the lights as needed -- for instance I have half the lights providing ambience (first click) with the other half illuminating a few art pieces in my living room (second click) and the third turning all lights on.

As for cost, I picked these up at Target for $40 a piece. For the price, I couldn't let it pass. Nice heavy base, solid switch -- not like the normal cheap lighting they have in that price range. last time I stopped there, they had a cheaper knockoff in stock, but I have seen it occasionally (and at a higher price than the knockoff -- its usually distinguished by having the white only shades).

The only problem I have with this is that the three way lighting doesn't really work with my X10 system. I'll have to pull it apart one of these days and add a few discrete remotes for it (along with dimming capibilities).

For the price you paid, you could have gotten the Hydra lamp:


Its not articulated, but has the same look and a bit more elegant. As soon as I have a little extra $$$ I'm going to pick up a pair for the piano room.

Posted by: clif | Feb 27, 2005 11:03:06 AM

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